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China: World’s oldest pottery found in Chinese cave, Vancouver Sun– Ancient, ancient pottery fragments were found in northern Jiangxi Province, in Xianrendong Cave. “The fragments were believed to belong to a community of roving hunter-gatherers some 20,000 years ago and apparent scorch marks indicate they may have been used in cooking.” The geological period during that time is referred to as the Last Glacial Maximum. According to the BBC, the pottery had been used to cook food and possibly brew alcohol. Here is New York Times coverage.

United States: Starbucks order pumps up buzz for Ohio pottery town, TribLive News – This is a very big story, actually, in more ways than one. The famous Seattle-based coffee shops are switching to mugs made in the United States, in East Liverpool, Ohio. Instead of buying inexpensive mugs made in China, the company is willing to pay more for mugs made stateside, in attempt to bolster the economy of the area that was once “Pottery Capital of the USA.” There is a Buy America angle but, frankly, I think it is very good news… It means that a decision was made to no longer outsource or go for the lowest bidder. For the New York Times‘ take on the story, click here.

England:  Potters, miners and steel workers wait on hearing damage payouts, This is Staffordshire – Potters are among industrial workers who may receive compensation for hearing loss because of noise levels in their current or previous workplaces. I found this interesting. Usually you hear of respiratory or lung ailments as hazards but I had never thought of hearing loss. “Last month ex-potter Adrian Ward, of Longton, achieved a landmark court victory after being awarded £3,000 in compensation following a successful five-year battle against the insurers of Longton-based John Tams Group PLC.” While that may not seem like much, it will go a long way toward paying for hearing aids. Workers can claim back as far as 1963.

United States: Exhibit tells history from New Mexico pueblos’ perspective, artdaily– This article is about an exhibition called “100 years of state & Federal Policy: the impact on Pueblo Nations.” The show is open through February 2013 at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It appears to be a well-funded presentation, too. “Photographs, letters, pottery and other crafts fill the space, while touch screens and QR codes link to more videos, audio interviews and documents.” Jane Street has two posts that are relevant. If you would like to watch a video about Acoma pottery, click here, and for an article, click here.

Egypt: Egypt’s biggest ceramics maker to shut factories: Statement, ahram online – Cleopatra Ceramics  is going to close up shop, which means many people will be affected, as it has about 20,000 employees. According to its Egyptian owner, labor disputes are to blame. The company is “a major player in the Middle East ceramics industry which has been hit by a wave of labour unrest following Mubarak’s ouster in February 2011.” Other reasons  or allegations have not been made public, and labor’s voice is not quoted in the article.

United States: Creative businesses find their niche on Etsy, Sun Sentinel – This article drew my attention because I am just about ready to open my own shop on Etsy. This story, in part, reports on potter Jacqueline Allard has sold her pottery through her  Etsy shop for three years. “Etsy changed my life,” said Allard, whose shop, IslandGirlPottery.etsy.com has sold more than 1,100 unique pieces through her Etsy shop. “There came a time in my life when I wondered if I could make this work as a full-time job. There’s no doubt in my mind now.” Tim Adam, author of “Learn How To Make Money Using Etsy” and editor of the blog Handmadeology.com has more to say….”Etsy gives all these small, micro businesses a place to start.”

 

 

 

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Monday, August 15, 1932 edition of Saskatchewan, Canada's, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

Monday, August 15, 1932 edition of Saskatchewan, Canada's, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

ENGLAND: Expansion of pottery could make 600 jobs, Ripley and Heanor News – The famed Denby Pottery is poised to enter the hospitality industry. Plans include refurbishing its factory, building a hotel, restaurant, warehouse, and outdoor activity center, in addition to enlarging its garden centre.  The village-style compound will “strengthen the existing visitor centre as a major tourist attraction and to build on the 200-year history of Denby Pottery at its home in Derbyshire.”

AUSTRALIA: Vandals destroy pottery set for exhibition, ABC News – It is a less publicized story but an important one, nonetheless. Female aboriginal artists worked nine months preparing for a show which was to open in Melbourne in February; however, their work was destroyed by vandals. I became angry when I saw the photo accompanying the article and it is quite obvious that much work went into these pieces. JSCW previously reported on the women from the Hermannsburg Pottery; click here to see that post.

INDIA: Regency imports ceramic tiles to sustain brand equity, Business Standard –  This story serves as a follow-up to the Regency tile article posted last week. To make up for lost time and a destroyed physical plant, Regency is importing tile to take the place of its own. It is going to take time for the company to return to its former level of production. Work stopped on December 5, union negotiation ended January 3, a union representative was killed, followed by rioting on January 27, and the death of the company president. To see earlier posts, click here.

UNITED STATES: Catalina Island’s pottery heyday, RGJ –  This feature story outlines the history of a pottery on the island off the coast of California. A subsidiary of the Wrigley family, makers of chewing gum, the pottery made red roof tiles from clay native to the island. In 1937, the pottery’s equipment was sold and moved to a facility in Los Angeles owned by one Gladding McBean who made dinnerware and other ceramic lines under the Catalina name.

BELGIUM: EU warns China on trade, studies new dumping claims, Reuters – The European Union is threatening to slap more tariffs on China over alleged dumping of ceramics, in addition to other goods. “‘Imports of ceramic kitchenware from China at ‘clear predatory prices’ have significantly increased over the last years, reaching a share of the EU market above 60 percent,’ the European Federation for Table- and Ornamentalware said in a statement.” Opinion varies, however, and some EU countries don’t appear to mind what is happening.

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At celadon fest, rhapsody in blue, Korea JoongAng Daily – What could be more wonderful than a celadon festival, I ask you? “The Gangjin Celadon Festival runs until Aug. 7 in Gangjin, South Jeolla.” The full characteristics of Goryeo celadon are still a mystery, as research has shown only 98% of the ingredients. An enormous statue of a potter throwing a vase adorns the festival site and there is an accompanying photo of it with the article.

Sandra McKenzie Schmitt has an eye for the business of arts, Journal Star – A career potter gives advice to young artists who want to make a go of it. Part of her success is attendance at “the Buyer’s Market of American Craft, a wholesale show for gallery owners looking for handcrafted items to sell in their shops.” She markets her work “in more than 150 galleries throughout the U.S.”

Shopping for a Picasso the Rest of Us Can Afford, Time – The story points out that while Picasso’s paintings might be out of our reach, his ceramics works can be had for around 1000 Euros. “Picasso took an unfailing interest in ceramics until he died in 1973. He created thousands of different pieces.

McDonald Discovers Her Chi Through Pottery, Marietta Patch – “Cerie McDonald becomes a pottery artist in her ‘second life’ after successfully navigating the corporate minefields into an early retirement.” Her chemistry degree has helped her understand the firing process better than most. She works in porcelain…gallery with twelve photos.

Culinary connoisseurs crave kimchi crocks, Yongap News – Crockery that was traditionally used to ferment kimchi, Korean pickled cabbage, is being replaced by electric versions among Koreans. This has created a market for ceramic onggis. “Americans are developing an awareness of the health benefits of traditionally fermented foods and their interest in onggi is apparently growing alongside this trend.”

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Wizards at work in Bristol, MPN Now – It’s a family affair! Father and son create pottery and mom and wife works in the store. I like Q and A interviews because it gives a better look at someone and the Kozlowskis “Bristoleaf” is a good topic. “Our biggest challenge is the economy. Many craftsmen and artists are going out of business because the field is so competitive. Last week, we went to an art show outside of the state, and there were only a few vendors, much less than there used to be in the 1980s.”

Cosmeston pottery find shows a thriving medieval craft, BBC – “A 13th Century pottery vessel found in the Vale of Glamorgan could indicate a thriving local craft in medieval times.” A 20-person team from Cardiff University has identified Vale Ware, pottery found in south Wales. A number of different types of vessels have been found.

AU’s Schein-Joseph Museum presents an anniversary exhibition — ‘Twenty,’ Alfred U – A splendid range of ceramics is being shown at Alfred University till the end of September to celebrate the museum’s 20th anniversary. Works by Eva Zeisel, Satoru Hoshino, and Charles Binns are part of the works on display.

Nice little urner: ‘Biggest-ever’ haul of Ming Dynasty pottery found in shipwreck… and it’s worth £43million, Daily Mail – “The artefacts, which date from around 1580, have been found on the ocean floor 93 miles off the Indonesian coast and 600ft below the waves.” An incredible photo accompanies the news brief. About 700,000 items from the merchant ship are still intact.

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The ‘Cucuteni 5000’ ceramics fair in Iasi, Romania, Digital Journal — Oh, my, this work is so beautiful! Traditional designs, styles and glazes, as seen in the pic… This is the 28th year the festival has taken place, but it has a long history. “The pottery making tradition in Romania dates back thousands of years to a mysterious people archaeologists named ‘Cucuteni’.”

Roseville ‘Gardenia’ vase has roots in Ohio, New Orleans Picayune — The story of Roseville pottery, with tips for collectors. I hadn’t known it was named for the Ohio town it was originally made in. Evidently, there are two levels of value for the pottery…

Paid for in bowls, China Daily — The first thing I wondered when I read the lead was whether these people were being fleeced… However, the idea that antique pottery is being traded for new bowls is okay, though, if it’s being collected for museums, as is the case. The discussion about the “celadon water dropper” is quite interesting.

Signs of early settlements found on Lauderdale barrier island, Orlando Sentinel — This story is quite intriguing and it is accompanied by a video of archaeologists at work. Evidence of prehistoric Tequesta Indians and European explorers has been found.

Northampton archaeologists find man who could be 1,600-years-old, Chronicle & Echo — Archaeologists have found the remains of what they think may be a Roman in Northhampton, England. “A small piece of pottery found alongside the crouched skeleton was used to date the burial to somewhere between the years 43 and 410.” The shard is  apparently the only piece of pottery at the find, but it is so small, not much can be judged by it. The Romans built kilns wherever they established colonies, but who knows if this shard is from one of them. The story’s link to pottery is weak, but it isn’t everyday that a Roman is found…

Is Porcelain Dental Work Fragile?, The Huffington Post — A dentist questions the durability of this popular dentistry material, then answers his questions… I didn’t realize that porcelain crowns could be stronger than regular tooth enamel. However, I know my gold crowns are built to last!

Phillips de Pury & Co. Announces Highlights From September London Design Auction, Art Daily — News about an upcoming auction described as “the most important group of Modernist ceramics ever to appear at auction.” Forty works from the Berkeley Collection will be auctioned off. “The Berkeley Collection is legendary amongst Museum curators and collectors alike.

HIPing – What Is It and What are The Advantages for Engineering Ceramics?, Azom — I like to carry articles on high-tech ceramics now and then and this one lured me in with its curious process of densifying ceramics to remove porosity, “thereby leading to improved mechanical properties such as strength and reliability.” Nicely designed info graphic, too…

Spotlight on: Retiring ceramics teacher Mary Humphrey reflects on 28 years at Ella Sharp Museum, mlive — A lovely tribute to a woman who has dedicated her life to our art form. It’s a Q and A interview, which gives us a clearer look at what makes Mary Humphrey tick…

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