October 26, 2010

 In 2009 I made several visits to the closed Spode factory site in Stoke-on-Trent.  I collected a number of things from the factory floor, including an abandoned copy of J.G.Ballard’s novel The Drowned World.  The found book was damp and growing several types of mould so I bought a new copy which I have read and re-read several times over the past year.  It describes London as it sinks below water and silt, with climatic changes causing plants and animals to revert to that of the triassic age.  It is full of incredible images, such as the Ritz hotel marooned and covered in moss.

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October 26, 2010

Phoebe Cummings was the V&A's ceramics artist-in-residence from June-December 2010. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2005 she has undertaken a number of residencies, projects and exhibitions...

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