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‘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...
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...
The V&A PR machine is now in overdrive, I listen to the artist Grayson Perry (justifiably) singing the praises of the ceramic galleries on the Radio 4 ‘Today’ programme, and arrive to find a rather robustly made jug sitting in my studio, created by James Nauchtie under Grayson’s supervision.
Preparations for the gala opening of the ceramic galleries are in full sway. I have driven down to London with a car full of work, and with the help of Ria Kirby, my residency co-ordinator, create a ‘mini retrospective’ in the beautiful display case adjacent to the ceramic studio. This space is mine to curate for the duration of the residency, a great opportunity to...
During construction of Victoria I am visited by journalist Gian Luca Amadei, who is researching an article on the new galleries for Blueprint magazine. He is very interested in the notion of an artist at work (and very much on show) within the ceramics collection, and decides to focus on this as the theme of the article. (Since published as ‘Produce’, in Blueprint No. 284. November...