Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys

Chaim Soutine – ‘The Little Pastry Cook’ (detail) c1927   I visited The Courtauld Gallery last week, ‘killing time’ between a theatre matinee and evening visit to Cockpit Open Studios in Holborn.  I worked at The Courtauld Institute of Art for several years and often used to pop into the gallery but visit less often these days. Somerset House is … Read More

Isobel

Isobel – an ‘art doll’ by Johanna Flanagan   It was by pure chance that I discovered Johanna Flanagan’s Instagram account, ‘The Pale Rook’, a few weeks ago and immediately started ‘following’ her.  I was intrigued by her work. The next day she posted an image of Isobel – an ‘art doll’ – the central character in an exhibition entitled … Read More

Phoebe Cummings and ‘Truth to Materials’

‘Triumph of the Immaterial’  (detail) – installation in raw clay by Phoebe Cummings   I was delighted to see that Phoebe Cummings has recently won the inaugural Women’s Hour Craft Prize (8 November 2017) with ‘Triumph of the Immaterial’ – a installation piece in raw clay which took 5 weeks to create and is currently on display at the V&A. … Read More

Annie Turner’s sculptural ceramics

‘Martello Tower’ by Annie Turner – Ceramic vessel with fishing net (detail) I was very fortunate to have Annie Turner as a tutor on my ceramic diploma course several years ago.  She is a gifted teacher who demonstrates techniques clearly and is happy to share not only her extraordinary hand-building skills but also her slip and glaze recipes. In her … Read More