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LUCIE RIE: THE ADVENTURE OF POTTERY

Monday 12 February 2024

A black and white photograph by Lord Snowdon of the artist’s gnarled hands covered in wet clay opens this volume. This sparse yet intimate portrait sets the tone for what we learn about Lucie...

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THE FIRST METAL: ARTS & CRAFTS COPPER

Monday 22 January 2024

This book accompanied a major 2023 exhibition of Arts & Crafts copperwork at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, Oregon. Organized by guest curator Marilyn Archer, it was probably the...

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ASHMOLEAN COLOUR REVOLUTION SHOWCASES VICTORIAN ART, FASHION AND DESIGN

Monday 04 December 2023

A show which aims to dispel our monochrome idea of Victorian Britain is at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. As Britain’s industrial revolution gained pace, new scientific breakthroughs allowed the...

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OWEN JONES AND THE V&A: ORNAMENT FOR A MODERN AGE

Friday 03 November 2023

Owen Jones (1809–74) was a Victorian polymath, architect, designer, publisher, decorative artist, critic and theorist, whose influence through The Grammar of Ornament (1856) continues to this...

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STUDIO CERAMICS: BRITISH STUDIO POTTERY 1900 TO NOW

Thursday 19 October 2023

The updated catalogue of the V&A’s collection of studio ceramics is well worth the wait. It is a weighty tome and the companion to Oliver Watson’s much admired 1990s catalogue. Alun Graves has...

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PHOEBE ANNA TRAQUAIR

Monday 02 October 2023

Phoebe Traquair was a dynamo of an artist, creating many ambitious embroideries, illuminated manuscripts, easel and mural paintings, furniture decoration, enamels and bookbindings, as well as...

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HALIMA CASSELL 25: TWENTY-FIVE YEARS OF CARVING

Friday 08 September 2023

Crammed with excellent photographs this book aims to give a comprehensive account of the work and practice to date of a distinguished sculptor who transcends any distinction between art and...

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RUSTIC RENAISSANCE: THE HASLEMERE PEASANT ARTS MOVEMENT

Thursday 10 August 2023

In the early 2000s the author of this book sensed an untold story within Haslemere’s vernacular buildings. She began to investigate the story of five local ‘Peasant Artists’ (actually moneyed and...

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KEMP-WELCH EQUESTRIAN PAINTINGS ON SHOW AT RUSSELL-COTES

Wednesday 26 July 2023

Lucy Kemp-Welch (1869-1958) was one of Britain’s foremost equestrian painters in the tradition of British impressionism. She was an expert horsewoman with an innate understanding and love of her...

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THE POTTERY OF JOHN WARD

Monday 10 July 2023

Given the popularity of the distinctive hand-built, matt-glazed vessels of British studio potter John Ward (b.1938), it is surprising that until now, little has been written about his work....

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