Category Archives: Materials

Curving iron and stone I

I’ve not looked at any Art Nouveau since my school days – despite it being the Art Nouveau works by creative geniuses such as Gustav Klimt and Victor Horta that got me hooked on art in the first place. During a … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Art, Concrete, Design, Materials, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

From the Perspective of the Artist in Residence

My computer seems to have broken down! so this month’s blog is going to be delayed slightly…

Posted in Art, Artists, Ceramics, Design, International exchange, Japan, Materials, Process, Site-specific works, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Kanayama Kiln, Part 2 – The Firing

Here is some of the work ready to go into the Kanayama kiln for its first firing starting Friday 2nd September, 2005.  The work was placed in groups related to their position in the kiln and marked with red wash … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Art, Ceramics, Design, International exchange, Japan, Kiln sites, Materials, Process | Leave a comment

Kanayama Kiln, Part 1 – Rebuilding a 16th Century Kiln

In 2002, the old ruins of a ‘Kanayama’ wood-burning kiln were discovered in Shigaraki, Shiga prefecture, Japan.  Information gathered from the ruins was used to rebuild the ancient kiln at the Shigaraki Ceramics Cultural Park (SCCP). In this post I … Continue reading

Posted in Ceramics, Design, Japan, Kiln sites, Materials, Process, Site-specific works | Leave a comment

Tokoname, a town built from ceramics in Japan

Imagine a town where the foundations of buildings are made from ceramic pots, walls are built from ceramic sake bottles and various designs of ceramic tiles, plates, bowls and cups are set into the pavements.  This town is Tokoname named … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Art, Ceramics, Design, Japan, Kiln sites, Materials | Leave a comment

Natural Flux, Concrete and Bonsai

Natural Flux was a show held at Brick Lane Gallery in November 2013, conceived and curated by bonsai artist Peter Warren, who is based in London. The aim of the show was to exhibit bonsai trees, as a contemporary art … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Concrete, Exhibitions, Materials | Leave a comment

Porcelain. Where does it come from?

Continuing with the subject of porcelain, in my previous blog I introduced how porcelain was first produced in Japan via the Koreans.  To go to the original source of porcelain involves travelling back through Korea to China a few centuries … Continue reading

Posted in Ceramics, China, Kiln sites, Materials, Process | 1 Comment