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Annoushka unveils ceramic art installation for LJW, Professional Jeweller – London jeweller Annoushka Ducas collaborated with ceramics sculptor Bouke de Vries to create “works of art that made from reclaimed broken ceramics that integrate jewels and semi-precious stones..” London, England show held at the Annoushka store in Sloane Square for one month. More pics.

Relic collector sues specialist after rare piece proves a fake, China Daily – An antique specialist from the Beijing Huaxia Ancient Ceramics Appraisal Institute is being sued for about 6 million yuan for selling a fake relic to a collector. The collector “He hired five ceramic experts from the National Palace Museum to evaluate the so-called relic in 2005. Liu said they pointed out Mao had previously approached them with two similar bowls, which they had told him were counterfeit.”

British Ceramics Biennial returns home to Stoke-on-Trent for autumn 2011, Culture 24 – Dates for the British Ceramics Biennial have been set. The Festival, in Stoke-on-Trent, runs from September 30 to November 13 2011. Venues include the European Ceramics Work Centre and Gladstone Pottery Museum. One UK ceramics artist will win a £10,000 prize to be awarded on October 21.

View historic pottery patterns on web, The Star – “A HISTORIC book of pottery patterns from a vintage South Yorkshire firm is being brought into the 21st century – by being put online for people to browse.” The Rotherham Museums, Galleries and Heritage is launching the new website. Shown are 366 pages of the Rockingham Pattern Book.

Art confronts female sexuality, power and porn, The Irish Times – A student at Dublin’s National College of Art Design began researching ceramics, wanting to combine her interest in art and science. When she typed the keyword ‘tentacle’ on the Internet, she was inundated by a form of Japanese pornography, women being victimized by octopi. She decided to reclaim the scientific aspect for herself and she casts her own body and uses tentacles and an element. Her work is part of an exhibition that will run until June 20.

K.C. hospital puts healing power of art to work, The Sacramento Bee – Displays of ceramics have been set up in a Kansas City hospital and the artwork can be seen at wheelchair level. Other art is on display, too. “The makeover is part of Truman CEO John Bluford’s ambitious vision of creating ‘a hospital inside an art gallery’ rather than a gallery inside a hospital. That’s because Bluford believes educating entry-level employees and improving their daily lives will improve how patients are handled.”

Pottery class shapes Putnam fourth-graders, Sunday Gazette-Mail – Virginia students are learning pottery in a West Virginia classroom. The public school they attend values arts education and the students, in turn, like the subject. History is combined with pottery instruction during the 10-day class. Evidently, this is a school that is deemed “a West Virginia School of Excellence, since the 1980s.” After hearing that and looking at the smiling faces of privileged white children in the photo, I am hoping children in schools with diversity in the state get similar opportunities.

The Famous Potters Of El-Qasr, Egypt Got Soul, Green Profit – El-Qasr, a village 12 hours south of Cairo, has a long history of potters and pottery.  “More than a historical cottage industry, although that is incredibly valuable and interesting to tourists, potting also generates a modest income for the humble people who live here.”

GRANDVILLE HOLLOW POTTERY, Centre Daily Times – A potter who suffered from the effects of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare neurological disease, “lost sensation in his hands, and has had to learn to throw relying on sight rather than touch.” He, his wife and employees make around 15,000 pieces yearly, selling them in the U.S. and Canada. Their stoneware is modeled after Pennsylvania Dutch works made in the late 1800s.

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Pottery News Round-Up

Every week, I come across intriguing articles about ceramics and pottery, so I decided to collect and post current news each Friday. I’ll give you the headline/link, author (if listed), source, date published, and a brief summary. The featured articles or videos are timely and a range of sources will keep us informed. Current news & events about clay. Enjoy!

Deciphering The Elements Of Iconic Pottery, redOrbit, March  30, 2011  —”What do cutting edge research into future space travel and the investigation of ancient ceramic pots have in common? More than you’d think.”

The Secret History Of: The Chicken Brick, by Kate Watson-Smyth, The Independent, April 1, 2001 — A terra-cotta cooking pot enjoys a renaissance.

Student Union Board To Close Pottery Studio, by Eliza LaJoie, The Cornell Daily Sun, March 31, 2011 — This seems very sad to me…a clay studio being closed to make room for meeting space?

Santa Cruz-area potters to sell wares to help Japanese village, by John Sammon, Santa Cruz Sentinel, March 31, 2011 — A lovely story about potters selling wares to benefit Mashiko-town, Japan, which was so heavily hit by the recent earthquake. Home of Shoji Hamada museum and many traditional potters and potteries.

Creating ceramics can offer some therapeutic properties, by Daniel Foster, InlandSoCal, March 31, 2011 — Story about a retired court commissioner who took up ceramics to balance her life.

Let’s Create! Pottery Hits Mac App Store, prMac, Mar 31, 2011 — And I thought I’d heard of everything… This story is about Let’s Create! Pottery, a Mac OS app that allows you to create virtual pottery online and send it to your friends!

Potters throw a conference and Tampa Bay’s the big wheel, by Kim Wilmath, St. Petersburg Times, March 31, 2011 — Coverage about an international pottery conference, the 45th annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts‘ conference.

White Forest Pottery, by Wendy Ilene Friedman, San Francisco Chronicle, March 30, 2011 — The story covers a woman who “a garage studio hobby and turn it into a thriving online business.”

Gladstone Pottery makes china flowers, StaffsLive youTube video — A historic British pottery is featured in this video and it’s worth a look-see just to view this amazing compound.

Jersey’s ‘secret potter’ retires after 44 years, BBC News, March 30, 2011 — “A potter who ran a tourist attraction in St Ouen in Jersey has retired after 44 years.” There’s more to it than that, though. The creator of a marvelous form of ‘agateware,’ Mr. Bouchet, has destroyed all his recipes, records, moulds, clay and special equipment.” Why couldn’t he have ‘paid it forward?’

Deciphering the Elements of Iconic Pottery: What do cutting edge research into future space travel and the investigation of ancient ceramic pots have in common? More than you’d think, Nanotechnology Now, March 28th, 2011 — Abstract: “Attic pottery is the iconic red and black figure-pottery produced in ancient Greece from the 6th to the 4th centuries B.C. …Such pottery required immense precision to produce, and the means by which craftsman created these vessels is still not completely understood.”

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