ENGLAND: Gladstone Pottery Museum receives £350,000 to restore bottle kilns, This is Staffordshire – If you have been reading JSCW‘s news briefs, you are familiar with the goings-on in Stoke-on-Trent and the revitalization of pottery history in Great Britain. What is happening there is very heartening and this story reports on the newest efforts along that line. I might add, this article also has a short but powerful slide show that gives the reader a good idea of the size of the project. “We must value our heritage and make sure that the legacy of the pottery industry lives on through these kilns.
ENGLAND: Scientists study ancient Greek pottery to improve spacecraft tiles, Mail Online– Rocket scientists from Getty Conservation Institute, Stanford’s National Accelerator Laboratory, and the Aerospace Corporation have teamed up to study Greek ceramics. They are interested in the fact that “the ceramic pigments in Attic pottery can not only withstand searing heat, but remain chemically stable.” This article is accompanied by beautiful representations of Greek amphoras and a video about the project. A Greek USA Reporter article stated that the “Project leader Karen Trentalman emphasized that while Attic pottery is very old – dating back to the fifth and sixth centuries BC – it can definitely be useful in improving modern technology and design.”
UNITED STATES: Homes of the Future, On Sale Now, Forbes – This story covers many Jetson-style homes that are now on the market. Our interest centres on the next to the last house mentioned, the Pottery House, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The inspiration behind the house was Frank Lloyd Wright. If you are interested, it is currently listed for $4,750,000 (MLS #: 201105413). “The Pottery House’s design hinges on concentric circles.” No humble brick cottage. “About 24,000 adobe bricks make up the structure and Scandinavian ship builders were actually brought in to craft the ceiling.” The real estate agency handling the deal is Santa Fe Properties and you can see the listing by clicking here. Take a look…it’s gorgeous!
INDIA: What’s the highlight of your wall?, Deccan Herald – This is a home interior style feature about the use of RAK Ceramic tile in your home: “wall stylers, a more decorative variant of wall tiles.” The story talks about the use of “tiles with different designs or graphics against plain backgrounds” for kitchens and for bedrooms, soft colors along with borders, “designs, patterns or even beautiful scenery.” The treatment for tiles in the bathroom is such that it makes “space appear larger, while incorporating colour into the design.” Click here to see the RAK Ceramics site. As a tilemaker, it’s always nice to see new applications for tile work…