Category Archives: Ceramics

Have You Met ‘The Met’ Yet?

The Metropolitan Museum of Art (aka: “The Met”) is located in New York City. It is the largest art gallery / museum in the United States and one of the 10 largest in the world. Its permanent collection contains more … Continue reading

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Try Your Luck and Maybe Spend a Buck at the Fryerstown Antique Fair

Fryerstown Antique Fair will celebrate its 42nd anniversary in 2017. It is held on the surrounding days of the Australia Day holiday on January 25th each year. The popular annual event has grown from strength to strength each year and … Continue reading

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The barbaric and magical Eidos of Barbara Hepworth

English artist and sculptor Barbara Hepworth was born on 10th January, 1903 in Wakefield, West Riding, Yorks.  She attended Wakefield Girls’ High School and won a scholarship in 1920 to Leeds School of Art. It was there that she met and established a friendship … Continue reading

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Bring a plate

A tip for young players – “Bring a plate” is a term which is often used to party invitees. It’s a form of entertaining where costs and provisions are shared by all invited guests. You bring a plate of savoury … Continue reading

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Looks like an itsy-witsy teeny-weeny bikini to me

I remember my mother telling me that the swimwear costume word known as”bikini” stemmed from the Bikini Islands, an atoll belonging to the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean (which was also the backdrop for a set of nuclear test … Continue reading

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The Seedlings of Nature

Fiona Murphy is a Melbourne-based contemporary artist and ceramicist.  She graduated with a Dip. Art & Design (1980); Grad. Dip. Fine Art (1985); Grad. Dip. Ed. (1993) and Master of Fine Art (2007) from Monash University, Melbourne. She was the … Continue reading

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The storm in a teacup which brewed in Portmeirion

Portmeirion as a town, is a tourist village located in the community of Penrhyndeudraeth, on the estuary of the River Dwyryd, south-east of Porthmadog, in Gwynedd, North Wales. It was once the film set for the 1966-67 British cult surreal … Continue reading

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A Tiffany lamp? – How Clara is that?

American artist and decorative arts designer, Louis Comfort Tiffany was born 166 years ago on February 18, 1848. A member of the Art Nouveau and Aesthetic art movements, he was best known for his design work in stained glass including … Continue reading

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Where’s the hold up?

When I saw this particular lampshade at the B&B in Ireland, I was “gob-smacked”. I had never seen anything like this before. “Kitsch” is a word that immediately comes to mind, but it is “so bad – it is cool” … Continue reading

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Classy-on-eh? Cloisonné

Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects, using vitreous enamel, or in earlier times,  inlays of cut gemstones, glass, and other materials. The technique involves the soldering or adhering of silver or gold wires or thin strips placed … Continue reading

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Invaders of a lost art

One of these three invaders is an imposter. So, how can you tell which one is the Invader and which one’s are the imposters? Let’s look at the first of the three. On the left we have an invader (of … Continue reading

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Ever heard of the Barcade boys?

Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of coloured glass, stone, or other materials. Small pieces, normally roughly quadratic, of stone or glass of different colors, known as tesserae, (diminutive tessellae), are used to … Continue reading

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Another brick in the wall

If a stone gathers no moss, how come bricks can? And if stones can look really ordinary and boring, how come moss-covered bricks can look and smell so cool? You’ll find more questionable art under “The Bad” Questionable art.

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