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Ce­ram­ics en­thu­si­asts should take note of a new book that high­lights 60 artists us­ing the medium in imag­i­na­tive ways. New Wave Clay, by de­sign writer Tom Mor­ris (Frame, £32) looks at the pi­o­neer­ing ar­chi­tects and dec­o­ra­tors, as well as clas­si­cally trained pot­ters and sculp­tors, who are us­ing clay as a means of ex­pres­sion. In­ter­spered with many glo­ri­ous im­ages, you will find in­sight from artists such as Grayson Perry and Ed­mund de Waal. They have cre­ated not only pots but also fur­ni­ture, mu­rals and ar­chi­tec­ture, em­ploy­ing mod­ern tech­niques such as 3D print­ing in a 21stcen­tury take on this tra­di­tional craft.


Clerken­well De­sign Week re­turns, from 22 to 24 May, with ex­hi­bi­tions pop­ping up around the north Lon­don area, in­clud­ing some in venues not nor­mally open to the pub­lic. The Bri­tish Col­lec­tion, fo­cus­ing on UK de­sign­ers, will be staged within the Crypt on the Green, a bar­rel-vaulted space be­neath St James’s Church, EC1, and will host new col­lec­tions from Bench­mark, Dead­good, DEVOL Kitchens and Nathan Fur­ni­ture, which is reis­su­ing pieces de­signed in the 1960s by John and Sylvia Reid. clerken­wellde­sign­


Lib­erty launched its Open Call ini­tia­tive in 2009 as a means of find­ing undis­cov­ered de­sign tal­ent to pro­mote and sell. This year, it used so­cial me­dia to as­sist in the search, invit­ing de­sign­ers and mak­ers to up­load pho­to­graphs of their work. From the 9,500 en­tries, the Lib­erty buy­ers se­lected a short­list of 13, who were then voted on by the pub­lic to whit­tle the se­lec­tion down to three fi­nal­ists, re­vealed ear­lier this week.

The cho­sen ones are Katch Skin­ner, Ruta Bart and Alex Chin­neck, each of whom will now see their work sold in the store’s home­ware de­part­ment.

Skin­ner, a ce­ram­ics teacher from Heb­den Bridge in York­shire, makes colour­ful earth­en­ware egg cups, £18 each, dec­o­rated us­ing sgraf­fito ,a tech­nique whereby a sur­face colour is scratched away to re­veal a con­trast­ing colour be­neath. Hert­ford­shire-based Bart, an­other ce­ram­i­cist, has de­signed vases and plates, cost­ing from £300 and em­ploy­ing mo­tifs from her na­tive Lithua­nia in bright com­bi­na­tions. Com­plet­ing the line-up is Kent sculp­tor Alex Chin­neck’s solid-oak broom­stick with a han­dle crafted into the form of a knot – a hefty £2,495, but a true work of art. lib­erty­lon­

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