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When all is equal

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Ceramics Resident: Matt Smith October 2015 – end of March 2016 In the ceramics galleries there are a series of ceramics plinths which caught my eye.  Bases often form part of ceramic figure groups, usually as a core part of the object.  To see stand-alone ceramic plinths is less common. Public sculptures often use plinths […]

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Rainbow Families at the V&A

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Ceramics Resident: Matt Smith October 2015 – March 2016   The second outreach project during my residency at the museum involved working with Rainbow Families, a Brighton-based social group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) parents and their children. The Learning Team at the museum are skilled at providing material to help the […]

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V&A Finnish Institute in London Ceramics Resident: Pauliina Pöllänen

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4 April to 30 September 2016   Ceramics Resident: Pauliina Pöllänen   Born and raised in Finland, Pauliina Pöllänen received her BA in Ceramic and Glass Design from Kuopio Design Academy in Finland in 2006 and an MA from the Oslo National Academy of Arts in Norway in 2012. Pöllänen´s architectural ceramic works play on […]

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Dialogues in Clay

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This post was written by Susan Newell, a second-year student on the V&A/RCA MA in History of Design, who works part-time in the V&A’s Ceramics and Glass Department. A diminutive woman stands on a spindly ladder next to the enormous pot she is making. She pinches its rim with one hand, deftly wielding a paddle […]

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A Thirty-One Note Lovesong

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The V&A’s Friday Late in October 2015 is all about the Potteries.  To tie in with it, I got the opportunity to explore warehouses of industrial plaster molds at Stoke-on-Trent.  The former Spode factory site houses a large quantity of these molds which were formerly used in mass manufacturing and are now redundant. The site […]

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Blue and White: Fashion

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Blue and white has become one of the most popular colour combinations in history. This classic colour palette originated in Asian ceramics in the 9th century. These ceramics spread across Europe and influenced 16th century Delftware and the Willow pattern created by British manufacturers in the late 18th century. It was also during the 18th […]

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Heavy Space Utilisation

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Keep an eye out for Matthew Raw’s and Thom Swann’s Heavy Space Utilisation on the ground floor, at the bottom of our glass lift in Gallery 10b of the Medieval & Renaissance Galleries. A new work by former artists in residence Matthew Raw and Thom Swann, Heavy Space Utilisation is a contemporary typographic mosaic which challenges the […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 181

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Lee High Road near Lewisham today and this fantastic looking audio shop. I think all the shop fronts portray the character and personality of the shop owner. Lewisham was most likely to have been founded by a pagan Jute, Leof, who settled (by burning his boat) near St Mary’s Church (Ladywell) where the ground was drier, in the 6th century. […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 180

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 180 Fulham Road and we’re staying near the top. Continuing a theme from yesterday I first started exhibiting with David Gill Gallery and working with Francis Sultana here in late 2004. The first piece I made for them was a massive nativity scene that went in […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 179

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 179 One of my favourite shops and a place close to my heart I had my 1st small solo exhibition here in 2004. Opened in 1979 this iconic fashion designer (and cyclist) Paul Smith was the first designer to open in a then very different Floral […]

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