A view of some of the 300 or so pots sent in by members of th e Craftsmen Potters Association for selection for 'Studio Ceramics Today' opening at the Victoria and Albert Museum London, October 5 - November 27
Contents Art School Shows 4 Potters' Tips Potters' Glazes 8 Gillian Lowndes Elisab eth Cameron 9 The CPA's First Quarter Century W.A. Ismay 12 Pots and Potters 14 Marianne de Trey - 35 Years a Potter 18 Part-time Potting Krystyna Pomeroy 20 A Kind of Living Susan Bennett and Earl Hyde 21 Single Fire Ceramics Dennis Parks 22 Local Clays in Raw Glazes To ny O'Donovan 24 French Country Pottery John Tchalenko 26 Nitrogen Reduction in Electric Kilns 30 Wales Potters Camp 32 Decorated Porcelain 33 Cycladic Art 34 Books 35 CPA New Member 36 CPA News 37 Letters 38 Forthcoming Exhibitions 40 Classified Advertisements 41 Cover: Gillian Lownd es - Tail of a dog, porcelain covered with granite chips and nichrome wire 1250°C
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Ceramic Review 83 - 1983
Ceramic Review Editors : Ei leen Lewenstein Emmanuel Cooper 2 1 Co rnoby Street London WlV lPH
September October Number 83 1983
Realism and Idealism Twenty five years ago , when Britain was just beginning to prosper after the ravages and deprivations of the seco nd world war , it is unlikely that anyone present thought that the small group of potters who met to share the problems of selling their wares would found the Craftsmen Pot te l< Association. From these modest beginnings the associati0:1 gathered members and strength, eventually opening its own co-operative retail shop, and generally helped to stimulat e and inform public opin ion about the work of the c ra :'t potter.
This year the CPA is right to look back at its history , to celebrate its achievements and look forward to an even more prosperous and satisfying future . But this does not mean that the CPA can be complacent. Only by ch1r.ging, adapting (often painfully) to new and different con-: ;tions , has the association su rvived and herein li es its strength. Underlying the public image of the CPA are generally agrted principles about quality of work and diversity of sty le as well as a straightforward , but important , commercia l realism.
The CPA is a particularly British institution. No other country ha s a si ngl e national organization which su rvives as an important retailing outlet (£125 ,000 turnover last :vear) whilst also fulfilling a major educational role. It is an organization of which potters, patrons and friend s ca n he justly proud. Wheel Within Wheels As major industrial enterprises totter in the face of the recession , small concerns often of only one or two workers, continue to set up . Fonner hospita ls, factories and ware · houses are converted to accommodate small offices and workshops catering for b usinesses which range from co mputer programmers to craftworkers. How they will survive ca nnot be foreto ld , but the advantages of sma ll scale prod uction in clude flexibility and a readin ess to take any opportu nity. As Ken Isherwood points out in his letter on page 38 the small prod ucer still has an important part to play.
Next Issue Michael Casson - New Work
David Warren - Wood Fired Kiln Local Raw Materials in Glazes
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