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Laser-Scanning the old Winchcombe Pottery Kiln

As a contribution to the project to repair and present the old bottle kiln at the Winchcombe Pottery in Gloucestershire, David Dawson and I, together with Bill Stebbing of Scan to PLAN offered to carry out a full 3D laserscan … Continue reading

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Jars and Jugs from the Newport Medieval Kiln Excavations

The late 15th/early 16th century pottery kiln preserved beneath the Memorial Hall in Newport, Pembrokeshire is a remarkable survivor (see The Newport Medieval Kiln, Pembrokeshire (Feb 2016). Identified by Mortimer Wheeler during the building of the hall in 1921 and … Continue reading

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The Compton Pottery, kilns and William de Morgan

Over half-term we visited the Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village outside Guildford in Surrey. I met Hilary Calvert who has written a book on the pottery at Compton at a Northern Ceramic Society conference last year . This was an art pottery set … Continue reading

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St. Ives, Slipware, Wheels and the Nance Brothers

Potters – throwers anyway – all admire the Leach Kick Wheel. It was designed for the Leach Pottery in the 1940s and later licensed to Woodley’s who manufactured them for wider sale. I used to have two in the pottery at … Continue reading

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A visit to the Bulmer Brickworks, Sudbury, Essex

Last month we were visiting family in Essex and were invited to visit the Bulmer Brick and Tile Company at Sudbury and also the updraught kiln built by the Gestingthorpe History Group (see the previous post).  That adds up to a lot of … Continue reading

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English Country Pottery – or is it? Bristol Jugs and Pitchers

The West of England is well known for its country potteries. Most of the time we hear about the potteries of North Devon, Donyatt in Somerset and Lake’s of Truro in Cornwall. Below are some examples of pots from the … Continue reading

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Chinese Contemporary Ceramics and Glass in Bristol

AHEAD OF THE CURVE: new china from China Bristol Museum and Art Gallery Contemporary Chinese art is relatively unfamiliar and this is one of the first opportunities to see fresh current work in Bristol. This show, touring from The Wilson … Continue reading

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