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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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A girl holds The Washington Post of Monday, July 21st 1969 stating 'The Eagle Has Landed Two Men Walk on the Moon.' By Jack Weir via Wikimedia Commons

ENGLAND: Wedgwood Museum closure condemned by Unesco, The Guardian– Considering the effort England has been making to restore its battered pottery industry, I was surprised to see that it was willing to close a UNESCO site based on the same industry…especially, since the museum is located in Stoke-on-Trent. Boggles the mind. The museum’s collection houses “one of the most complete ceramic manufacturing archives in the world,” according to the story. Evidently, the decision pivots on something that is about as far removed from our minds as it  can get: pensions. Click on the link to read more….

INDIA: It’s a big story. It involves business magnates, labor, poverty, violence, death, and South Asia. (And the West’s reliance on cheap goods and the social cost involved.) I cannot begin to tell you the full extent of the story, but can piece together a few things. I am not sure what new sources to trust, which “voice” to trust and don’t know the story behind the story. Here are some links for you to read if you want to know more about what has happened with Regency Ceramics:

UNITED STATES: A Kiln That Fires, and Teaches, New York Times – This particular wood fired anagama kiln holds 300 to 500 pieces and, when fired, reaches 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. “The 14-foot-long tunnel-like oven, made mostly of brick and concrete, is the only one of its type on Long Island.” The director of the ceramics program at Adelphi University helped build the kiln. Pieces by students from four different institutions were fired in this kiln, work now on display in an exhibition at Adephi that runs through Feb. 20th. The article outlines the trials endured as the kiln was readied and remedied.

ENGLAND: Emmanuel Cooper, The Telegraph – Born in December, 1938 in Derbyshire, Cooper set up his first studio in London in 1965. He said the setting suited him, as it was “redolent with all the fervour and excitement of the swinging sixties, and the alternative society.” After making utilitarian pieces for restaurants for 20 years, Cooper decided to give up “series production and concentrate on the individual pieces for which he is now best known.” Openly gay, some of his work could be considered gay activist art. Also a writer who penned many books on ceramics, Cooper was the recipient of many awards and was appointed OBE in 2002.

 

 

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India: Potters burn the midnight oil for Diwali, Times of India – If you have ever seen a Hindu temple all lit up with tiny clay lamps called diyas, you would agree that it is one of the most beautiful sights on earth. This article is about the potters in Doora village who make such lamps. “Potters bring clay from the banks of lakes situated in and around the village and make diyas using rotating wheels, while women do the finishing work on the diyas.”

England:  Celebrating ceramics in the city:  the British ceramics  biennial returns to Stoke-on-Trent 2011, Art Daily – The biennial is well underway. Earlier we gave a preview of the show and there is still plenty of time to see it, as it runs until November 13. The British Ceramic Biennial is a huge undertaking and gallery spaces include the Original Spode Factory site and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.

United States: Made on Cape Cod: Jobi Pottery, Barnstable-Hyannis Patch –   A sweet story about a cottage industry in new England… Even better because they have been making pottery for 50 years. Their wares are slip cast and the molds they use are from mid-century. The pottery changed hands, purchased by the then curator of the local historical society. “She knew she ‘could revive it because [she] really loved all the old 1950s shapes and designs.’”

Singapore: ‘Hidden dragons’ in Jurong to get heritage marker, Straits Times – This story caught my eye; I knew it was about pottery but didn’t know what that had to do with dragons.  As it turns out, the story is about dragon kilns from the 1940s and 50s which have gained heritage status. The rare wood-fired kilns  are in a secluded forest… Sounds magical!

Canada: Pottery mural fires up public interest, Vernon Morning Star –  A mural called “Allure of the Clay” was unveiled Friday in downtown Vernon. The work depicts Axel Ebring, who had a studio on present-day Pottery Road in the 1930s. “The Swedish immigrant, who died in 1954, was a traditionalist. He always used a foot-powered potter’s wheel and he never used a thermometer for his wood-fired kiln.”

United States: Archaeologists near old St. Vincent Hospital unearth cobbled path dating to 1600s, The Santa Fe New Mexican –  This story has many intriguing elements, but for our purposes, this road they have unearthed is the big draw. Pueblo Indian pottery was found among the cobbles from villages that quit producing in the 1700s. Other pottery that was discontinued in the 1600s was also found.  In addition, an “heirloom piece” of Chinese pottery was found in the garbage pit. “It may have been made a century before Santa Fe was founded, then was acquired in the Philippines, taken by Spanish galleon to Mexico and hauled by wagon up the Camino Real to Santa Fe.”

 

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Folks, this is a nice selection 
of news briefs, but I am unable
to format the accompanying 
blurbs like usual, so have had to
drop them this go 'round. Will investigate the computer end and make
sure the next post has no problems... On the homefront, we are 
heading to Great Falls, Montana this Thursday to see an exhibition 
that is part of the activities for the60th Anniversary of the Archie
Bray Foundation. We will be viewing the works of my former teacher, 
John Takehara, along with pieces by David Shaner, Rudio Autio, Peter
Voulkos and more... Right now, my mother and I are heading into
Bigfork for a bit of mooching around. Yesterday, we had lunch at
Sykes' in Kalispell, where coffee is still ten cents...

UNITED STATES: Art & Soul: Powerful Pottery, Savannah Now -
IRAN: Iranian Scientists Develop New Method for Synthesizing Fireproof CeramicsFARS News Agency -
CANADA: Potters live mindful life in woodland off-the-grid haven west of EdmontonThe Edmonton Journal -
ENGLAND: Angelina Jolie takes children pottery painting, China Daily -
SAUDI ARABIA: RAK Ceramics wins branding awards, TradeArabia News Service -
UNITED STATES: Ceramic frogs, Sign On San Diego -
INDIA: I want to break the barriers of ceramics, IBN Live -
UNITED STATES: Pottery studio ‘defies the odds,' San Luis Obispo Tribune -

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