Sunday, 29 June 2014
Saturday, 28 June 2014
Friday, 27 June 2014
I watch too much of Sky News, usually from bed in the morning in preference to the BBC 1's oddly co-presented and patronising output targeted presumably at children getting ready for school. But tonight's Sky News disturbed me more then they usually manage. It was a report on Iraq, that moved within a few sentences from describing a mass grave, (presumable of Iraqi soldiers), to the reporter, someone called Alistair Bunkall (appearing intrepid and maybe soon to be honoured in some media award ceremony), describing the Iraqi army as pathetic. It is unusual to hear war-dead, or victims of violence being described as pathetic, but here's the link http://news.sky.com/story/1290489/isis-massacre-tikrit-satellite-images-emerge.
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Sunday, 22 June 2014
Monday, 16 June 2014
Poole Scenes were produced in the 1980's. I have one plate depicting the Guildhall, posted on here a while ago http://robspoolepotterycollection.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/poole-scenes_29.html, but two don't make collection, so there must be other scenes out there. So any more photos will be gratefully shared.
Saturday, 14 June 2014
Sunday, 8 June 2014
Finding all of these Carter and Co vases recently has prompted me to read again some of Jennifer Hawkins book "The Poole Potteries". This is probably the most scholarly of the Poole reference books written. In her book Hawkins describes these pots in chapter 3 as "blue stripe ware" decorated with "plain stripes from top to bottom ...or rather more elaborate versions including diamonds and lozenges".
Reading about these early pots has also reminded me of a nice Carter & Co connection to my home city of Sheffield. William Carter Unwin (chief sculptor in the architectural pottery) and James Radley Young, both trained at Sheffield School of Art, and Jame Radley Young's half brother Edwin Page Turner also born in Sheffield, was the first identified painter at the Carter tile works.
Thursday, 5 June 2014
And what a trophy it is, this early unglazed Carter & Co vase, designed by Jame Radley Young. It dates from around 1914 and has a bit of a pre-Columbian look (a possible influence that was fashionable at the time), with it's three slightly animal head-like handles. This very vase also appears on page 57 of the Robert Presoct-walker book "Collecting Poole Pottery"