UNITED STATES: On View: ‘Common Ground’ at the American Museum of Ceramic Art, The Los Angeles Times – “With more than 300 objects by 53 artists, “Common Ground” is the largest survey of SoCal ceramics in recent years.” The show is at the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, California. According to the article, one man, Millard Sheets, created a stir and attracted many world-class ceramists and potters. “”Common Ground” is a who’s who of the postwar ceramics world. ”
IRELAND: Floor tiles that kill pathogens feature at EU innovation summit, Silicon Republic – I am always entranced by incredible technological breakthroughs…maybe it’s the idea of such ingenuity. I can see it could have many applications in public venues, especially hospitals. “The Irish exhibit will showcase tiles…with an antibacterial coating that kills pathogens when exposed to light,” tiles which are “99.99pc efficient at killing the hospital ‘superbug’ MRSA, E. coli…” The tiles were developed by a “team at the Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Technology (CREST) at Dublin Institute of Technology along with ceramic manufacturer VitrA Ireland.” The invention appeared at the first European Innovation Convention, which took place in Brussels last week.
AUSTRALIA: Revolutionary Ceramicos, The Northern Rivers Echo – An excellent read about working with Indigenous Hermannsburg Potters in Central Australia. Inspired by the people, their work and the dogs that inhabit the area. “Drake artist Cassandra Purdon found artistic inspiration for her ceramic series Story Dogs.” Purdon joined Clare Urquhart, a fellow artist, for the adventure. “The Hermannsburg Potters have their own unique style and they like to hand build their pieces…the women use vibrant colours and have their own firing techniques… The women paint them when they are green (unfired) and then fire them at a low temperature. The resulting colours on the terracotta clay are intense.”
UNITED STATES: Think Big, Build Small: Inventors’ Prototypes, The New York Times – Ceramics is but one topic covered by this story but it is so fascinating, I’m including it. It is about 3-D prototypes submitted with invention patent applications.”The collection soon overwhelmed government storage spaces.” One man, inventor Alan Rothschild, collected “some of the stranger and more elaborate prototypes. Clusters of his 4,000 antiques are now on view in two museums.” One show, at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, “Get Your Gears Turning … the Curious World of Patent Models” runs through Jan. 1. Go see it first if you can because it ends before the other one: Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, they are in “Inventing a Better Mousetrap: Patent Models From the Rothschild Collection,” running through Nov. 3, 2013.
ENGLAND: Industry stymied by energy firms’ demands for upfront payments, The Guardian – This is an excellent story about how the economic downturn has affected potteries in England. It appears that many have closed because they’ve been unable to pay for energy costs needed to fire kilns. Others are being deposits in the neighborhood of £200,000. It brings up interesting questions about the power (no pun intended) utilities wield and the demands they can get away with making when times are bad.