As the academic year rolls in with the leaves…

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As the academic year rolls in, for some, I’m starting my ‘new year’ with some investment in myself… Alongside some yoga to un-crick my poor back, I’m settling into doing more drawing. I’ve dusted off my drawing board for life drawing classes with Karin Hay-White alongside doing the odd bit of Urban Sketching. …I’m struck … Continue reading

Spomenik

By Marko Krojac
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A bit off subject, I wanted to share with you another interest I have which has become a bit of a project… I’ve been researching old Former Yugoslavian monumnets. Many of them are epic sculptural monuments and memorials and because the Communist cause has long ago dissipated they have been left as ruinous statements of a lost day, their … Continue reading

Beautiful Brutalism in Sacramento

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My creative self has been tapped into this month as I moved, finally, into a newly evolving workshop space. I’ve been ‘in storage’ for several months while travelling and working on academic projects. It is interesting how the realisation of this space and access to my workshop, tools and clay once again has gradually unleashed … Continue reading

Weekend of terracotta wonder

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Having set the scene for the findings of my Winston Churchill Fellowship in my presentation to Exporting Stoke Conference on Saturday, my mind is abuzz with plans for collaboration, industry meets arts and the possibilities for the future of terracotta in contemporary architecture. The Conference was absorbing and thought provoking; exploring cultural shifts in export, tiles … Continue reading

What we fight for defines us

The last couple of weeks have been eventful on the national cultural stage. The Arts Council released which organisations will receive funding and those that will be cut and the Government announces it will be selling civic historic assets as they are expensive to keep. With such short sighted and drastic decisions based on the current economic … Continue reading

Ironbridge, Coalbrookdale: The Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution

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I just got back from my weekend of studies at Ironbridge. I would like to share some shots of the beautiful bridge itself and fill you in on the history you might be unacquainted with… Ironbridge sits within a World Heritage Site for it’s unique contribution to the Industrial Revolution which in turn impacted the rest of the world. … Continue reading

Sunflower Seeds

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And FINALLY before getting a spot of lunch and catching my train back to the coast my final stop at the Tate Modern was not to disappoint… 100 million porcelain sunflower seeds were made and hand painted in the Chinese City of Jingdezhen to lie on the Turbine Hall floor. Outstanding. Made in China’s commentry is wide … Continue reading

First visit to the New Ceramics Gallery – V&A

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Eventually I arrived on the 6th floor of the V&A to see the Ceramics. Its not easy to find… I’d made my way up to the 4th floor to discover the lift doesn’t go any higher! So down I went, back to the Informatin Desk to get a different lift up to the lofty 6th … Continue reading

A day at the V&A

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To relax and find some space to think after my interview I headed straight for the Victoria and Albert Museum. I wandered straight into the Rennaisance gallery, struck with awe and wonder with my thoughts drifting to Italy… I decided to sit down and write down how the interview went so I could move on … Continue reading