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Rewilding Tradition

Anne Mette’s mission to unearth the hidden clays and minerals on the island of Bornholm shows that tradition need not be staid and sterile, writes

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Akiko Hirai: Still Unfolding

High above the glaze-spattered floor of Akiko Hirai’s studio, Moon Jars roost on the shelves like tranquil, plump-bellied hens. The traditional Korean vessel – named

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The White of the Moon

How the colour of light, snow and shamanic dance has shaped the Korean nation Sister Sun and Brother Moon There is an old tale in

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Kang-hyo Lee, In Conversation 

Korea, Lee Kang-hyo tells us, is a country made of mountains, run through with rivers, and full of gentle curves. In these interview extracts we

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A Beautiful Strangeness

It happens in an instant. She had picked up the plastic cup from the floor and, unthinking, in one motion, lent back and let it

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One of British Ceramics’ Greats

Richard Batterham was an exceptional potter whose like only comes along very occasionally. In 1981, Crafts magazine (No. 33) published an article by Richard Batterham,

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Shells in Ceramics

Sebastian Blackie explores elusive answers to a simple question: who first used shells when firing their pots? When clay is heated to stoneware temperatures, in

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Patterns for Production | Eric Ravilious

Ravilious’ ceramics for Wedgwood – not as well known, perhaps, as his fine and graphic art – have become a sort of holy grail for design collectors. They are applied design at its very best; quite rare and certainly rarefied.

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Spontaneous Drawing

Geographically Clive Bowen seems more than appropriately sited as a potter – living and working at Shebbear, in the remoter Devon valleys near Great Torrington. 

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Lisa Hammond: Urban Potter

Each Lisa Hammond pot has a life of its own, its own sense of renewal. They all offer their own pleasures, an intimacy that adds

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Akiko Hirai Getemono

My pots display a lot of marks and traces of past events. To describe them in a conventional and very simplified way, they are ‘dirty’

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Sake and Ceramics

‘No blossoms and no moon And he is drinking sake all alone’ Haiku by Matsuo Bashō A love of nature, and of being part of

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The Pleasures of Quiet Pots

‘I really hope that nothing I ever cook takes the attention away from any of Anne Mette’s work, but instead works with it, the two

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What colour do you see, when you look at the heart of this celadon pot by Svend Bayer? Between the scallop shells, where the warm,

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A Unique Gift

The sureness of hand and eye gives the work a childlike spontaneity only mastered through years of experience. This is the third solo exhibition of

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An Uncompromising Vision

Sometimes a thing in front of you is so big you don’t know whether to comprehend it by first getting a dim sense of the

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The Art of Tea

‘Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage. In China, in the eighth century, it entered the realm of poetry as one of