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Dear Ms Pritchard…

I have been judged and found wanting – all over the country quilted effigies of Sue Prichard are being stabbed with pins. To be honest I didn't realise that the offending article 'Quilts come in from the cold' had created such a flurry of responses. It’s a very odd thing being thrust into the public sphere – you certainly don't enter into the profession with the express wish of becoming public property. It wasn't until I started to receive the emails addressed to 'Dear Ms Pritchard' that I realised anything was amiss (where did that ‘t’ come from?). Of course …

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In The Loop

I was there (so early) this morning. Darkness. Stab of the alarm. Hot tea. Ringing phone…. …. and a warm welcome to Radio Australia from the soft accented Barbara Heggen and Isabelle Genoux. Then immediately transported to the Pacific through a lively track from the New Caledonian Islands.

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VIDEO NOW LIVE

UPDATE: The World Beach Video is now LIVE on YouTube and Vimeo !

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Microwave Oven Safe Madonna

By Stuart Frost In order to mark the opening of phase one of the Ceramics galleries at the V&A last week I thought I should select a ceramic object for this blog entry. I’m looking forward to reacquainting myself with some of my favourite ceramic objects and in discovering new pieces I’ve not seen before.  In the old displays one […]

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Ceramica a success

‘Ceramica’ turns out to be a great success, the highlight a spectacular, and somewhat traumatic, live kiln firing by French ceramicist Thiebaut Chague in the John Madejski garden. ‘Victoria’ has attracted over 1,000 visitors to the studio over 3 days, some bearing their own ceramic shards, and all contributing a piece to the mosaic. Thanks to assistants Jon and Richard for maintaining order, and ‘encouraging’ visitors to follow the designated colour scheme. It is a lively piece of work, with some inspired additions, it now remains for me to complete the grouting and cleaning up.

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A Tale of Two Daughters

I am constantly amazed by the way in which seemingly disconnected individuals and events are linked through time and space. My father, a butcher by trade spent his weekends and holidays fishing. Every year we would spend two weeks in a small fishing town on the South East Kent coast. Each evening we would pack our rods and bags and set out at 7.00pm to spend a couple of hours in companionable silence casting our rods from Deal Pier.This was perhaps a surprising past time for ateenage girl; however the bond between father and daughter wasone which continues to resonate …

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More Creative Work Spaces

This weekend I went along to a preview for the recently-completed house for the artist Brad Lochore – designed by Tony Fretton Architects. It’s a rather strange experience going to these architect house previews – it’s not quite an exhibition private view…it feels more like a cross between a restrained house party and an estate […]

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Cast Courts site visit for Studio Mumbai

As mentioned in a previous post, we have decided to move Studio Mumbai's structure from its original location (the National Art Library staircase – where instead we'll be building a stunning book tower by Rintala Eggertsson Architects) to the V&ACast Courts. Bijoy Jain, director of Studio Mumbai, happened to be in London this week, so we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to take him (and collaborator, Michael Anastassiades) on a little visit to the Cast Courts to try and work out where they might like to build their structure. [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyoECOeCxW8] Their commission will be sited in the 'Italian' …

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V&A Ceramics Galleries now open

The galleries open with the usual V&A fanfare, the great and the good of the ceramics world are here, and are awash with quality champagne. I am, however, on my best behaviour, as I must welcome the guest of honour, Princess Anne, into my studio. Anyone familiar with my work will know that I don’t have a great track record as a loyal supporter of the monarchy, but I manage to behave myself (I think) and the Princess Royal proves to be both charming and well informed.

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The Upsett

This is a show of contemporary basketry in the Barbican library foyer, showing the world that the craft is no longer what people instantly imagine. No shoppers here, though I love to see them in other exhibitions and still love to teach those traditional skills which it is so important to maintain. More of that, and the Heritage Crafts Association another time. But here are diverse sculptural objects, threads, wires, willow, and much more, professionally set out in cases with surface broken with covered flat plinths – can plinths be flat?– setting the objects up really well against light backgrounds. …

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