Ceramic Review issue 289 January/February 2018

Welcome to the January/February issue of Ceramic Review. In this issue we consider the life and work of David and Margaret Frith: two people who have been dedicated to ceramics and the potting community for over 50 years. Awarding achievement continued with the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize, for which three ceramists – Neil Brownsword, Alison Britton and Phoebe Cummings – were shortlisted within a group of 12 talented craftspeople. Congratulations to clay artist Phoebe Cummings, who deservedly won the inaugural prize. Exploring new approaches to craft, Emma Crichton-Miller met artist Clare Twomey at Tate Modern during her project FACTORY, which brought an industrial ceramics production line into the gallery. Turning Earth founder Tallie Maughan advocates the importance of open access studios in a changing educational landscape, while we spotlight sculptures drawing on native flora by Australian emerging maker Alice Couttoupes. We also consider a welcome commercial shift, as department stores increasingly begin to stock studio pottery; we hear how three ceramists now selling on the high street made the leap. Elsewhere, scientist-turned-potter Linda Bloomfield explores the colourful possibilities of rutile in glazes; we discover techniques for swirling patterns through clay; and Katherina Klug demonstrates how she creates her wheel-thrown porcelain vessels decorated with wax-resist pastels.

Ceramic Review CR 289 January February 2018

Featured Articles

Work from My Blue China, My Blue Flowers by Alice Couttoupes. Photo Stephanie Simcox
Emerging maker

Emerging maker

We discover Australian ceramic artist Alice Couttoupes, who is inspired by native flora

Work by Pottery West. Photo Jules Lister for Labrador
A material of many colours

A material of many colours

Scientist-turned-potter Linda Bloomfield shares her rutile glaze recipes and recent research

Architect Sayaka Namba, and former graphic designer, Andrea Roman, selling their work during a Turning Earth market
Maker spaces – the future of ceramics?

Maker spaces – the future of ceramics?

Turning Earth founder Tallie Maughan advocates the importance of open access pottery studios and discusses changing craft careers

Handmade on the high street

Handmade on the high street

As more department stores start to stock studio pottery, we hear from ceramists making the leap from ceramic fairs into mainstream shops


Son of the earth

We explore the story of Chris Carter: a studio potter who has been working close to the land in Warwickshire for more than 50 years

Moulding futures

Colin Martin visits Cerámica, a show of cutting-edge architectural ceramics at RIBA North


Katharina Klug takes us step-by-step through the processes behind her wheel-thrown porcelain vessels, decorated with wax-resist pastels

Elemental journeys

Ceramic artist Amanda Chambers considers the profound effects that Japanese residencies have had on her work and that of three other makers

Auction eye

Rhea Miner and David Rago on pioneering potter George Ohr’s life, work and auction results

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Pick of the shows

Roger Law: From Satire to Ceramics
18 November 2017 – 3 April 2018
Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, Norwich