Ceramic Review issue 290 March/April 2018

A strong theme emerged while we were compiling our March/April issue– as you can probably guess from the front cover, we’ve become obsessed with teapots! From Ian McIntyre’s re-engineering of the classic Brown Betty, and emerging maker Matthew Warner’s elegant Wedgwood-inspired teapots, to Ruthanne Tudball’s Masterclass on making her distinctive soda-glazed teapots, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. With Ceramic Art London (CAL) returning to Central Saint Martins from 23 to 25 March, we profile a selection of overseas exhibitors who are taking part for the first time this year. We also catch up with Lauren Nauman, the winner of our Newcomer to Ceramic Art London Award 2017, who has had a busy year making and exhibiting. We uncover her innovative technique and discuss her creative process and career to date. Lauren will be exhibiting at CAL again this year, alongside our other profiled artist Midori Takaki. Also launching in March this year is the ambitious exhibition Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery, which transfers from the Yale Center for British Art in North America to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge; co-curator Simon Olding reflects on the aims and objectives of the exhibition. So pour yourself a cup of tea, get comfortable and enjoy the latest Ceramic Review.

Ceramic Review 290 March April 2018 front cover

Featured Articles

Gordon Baldwin. Photo (c) Victoria and Albert Museum
Things of beauty

Things of beauty

As a major exhibition on British studio pottery opens at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, co-curator Simon Olding reflects on the show

Lauren Nauman. Photo Sylvain Deleu
Sculptural lines

Sculptural lines

A year on from Ceramic Art London Award 2017, we interview ceramic artist Lauren Nauman, known for her innovative work in slip-cast porcelain and wire

Midori Takaki. Photo Cristian Barnett for Ceramic Review
Of spirits and stories

Of spirits and stories

We visit Midori Takaki in her Canterbury studio to learn more about her folklore-inspired ceramic sculptures

Ruthanne Tudball. Photo Layton Thompson for Ceramic Review


Ruthanne Tudball takes us step-by-step through the process she uses to make and fire her distinctive soda-glazed teapots


Ask the experts

Glaze expert Linda Bloomfield answers a question about multiple firings and glazes

Ceramics: past, present, future

Alun Graves, Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass at the V&A, discusses all things clay with CR’s Assistant Editor, Isabella Smith

Potters on pots

Prue Cooper explains how message-bearing ceramics found in the V&A influenced her own narrative-laden slipware dishes Prue Cooper explains how message-bearing ceramics found in the V&A influenced her own narrative-laden slipware dishes

Auction eye

As the demand for studio ceramics increases, Jason Wood of Adam Partridge Auctioneers reports on another busy year at auction

Learning from the masters

Fiona Green discusses a project that saw ceramics students draw on work from the Anthony Shaw Collection at CoCA, York

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Pick of the shows

Ashley Howard: Meditations
5 April – 18 May
Guildford Cathedral, Surrey