Ceramic Review issue 288 November/December 2017

Welcome to the November/December issue of Ceramic Review. Whether you love traditional, functional work or prefer something a little more unusual to put on a pedestal, we hope you will find something to inspire you, but also to aspire to, in this issue. Inside, you’ll find two features where historical craftsmanship meets a contemporary aesthetic, with ceramic artist Takuro Kuwata’s bold and bright teabowls and designer Lee Broom’s take on a selection of Wedgwood’s classic designs. Both have taken traditional vessels as their inspiration, reinterpreting them for a new generation of ceramic enthusiasts, while paying tribute to the original skills and techniques that went into their making. Elsewhere, Bonnie Kemske writes about the journey from East to West of the contemporary teabowl. Creating these bridges between time-honoured designs and the contemporary helps to maintain the strong foundation of craftsmanship in art and design, which is particularly strong in the world of ceramics. We were fortunate to meet gallerist, art dealer, curator and former potter Joanna Bird for this issue. We discussed where ceramics fall on the craft/art divide and whether, simply because something is viewed as functional because it has a handle, it therefore is not as valuable. Proof (if it were needed) that ceramics are increasingly being treated like any other artform, a Lucie Rie yellow footed bowl that once belonged to CR’s co-founder Emmanuel Cooper sold for an extraordinary £125,000 at Sotheby’s – you can find the results of the auction inside. We hope you have a wonderful autumn – see you next issue.

Ceramic Review November December 2017 CR 288 cover

Featured Articles

Untitled, Takuro Kuwata. Photo copyright the artist, courtesy Alison Jacques Gallery, London
Psychedelic ceramics

Psychedelic ceramics

Ceramic artist Takuro Kuwata tells CR about his mission to update Japan’s pottery traditions by combining historic skills with a fresh aesthetic

Daphne Carnegy in her studio. Photo Layton Thompson


Tin-glazed earthenware expert Daphne Carnegy explains the step-by-step processes behind her functional wares

Trio of jugs, Doug Fitch. Photo Shannon Tofts
Potters on pots

Potters on pots

Slipware potter Doug Fitch explains the longstanding influence of English medieval pottery on his own work

Wedgwood by Lee Broom. Photo courtesy Wedgwood, Michael Bodiam
Revisiting Wedgwood

Revisiting Wedgwood

We discover the traditional craftsmanship and skills behind British designer Lee Broom’s interpretations of historic Wedgwood pottery


Glaze recipe

Potter John Ward shares his underglaze and glaze recipes

Emerging maker

We discover ceramist Adam Ross’ playfully anthropomorphic take on tableware and sculpture

Pots with a story to tell

Artist Claudia Clare discusses her series of large-scale painted pots, which she has created to document one man’s journey as a Kurdish refugee in Britain

Blurring boundaries

We explore Mike Byrne’s path between ceramics and printmaking and discovers his distinctive jugs, which combine both functionality and art

The ceramic surprise in Swindon

Uncovering the story behind the unexpectedly rich collection of studio ceramics at Swindon Museum, which ranges from Bernard Leach to Grayson Perry

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Home from Home: Ceramics by international artists working in Britain
5 October – 4 November
Contemporary Applied Arts, London