Magazine article Ceramics Art & Perception

Editorial

Magazine article Ceramics Art & Perception

Editorial

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In a December 2011 Yamitill News-Register story (Oregon, US) ceramics artist, writer, teacher and woodfirer Nils Lou talked about his philosophy of pursing art. "Don't try to see where you want (the art piece) to go, but allow the process to take you on this magical journey." Nils Lou (b 1932) passed away on 25 December, 2013. I have said this before in this column: We can carry on his legacy by honouring his contributions to others and to the field of ceramics. He will be missed. In addition, the ceramics community lost Martha W Longenecker (b 1920), founding president and director emerita of Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California. Longenecker's first encounter with Mingei was in 1952 when Soetsu Yanagi, Shoji Hamada and Bernard Leach visited the US. Lord Piers Anthony Weymouth Wedgwood (b 1955), a direct descendant of the famous 'father of English pottery', Josiah Wedgwood I, died on 30 January. Having taken on the family pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, England at the age of 16, he was a much loved mentor and passionate philanthropist to many.

Happening around the world: On 1 February, the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, New York, opened Tea Time, an invitational exhibition centring around tea and the tea ceremony. It runs through 1 April; on exhibition at the Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza Italy is Arturo Martini, Harmonies: Figures Between Myth and Reality; the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US from 19-22 March and expected to attend are nearly 5000 people who are interested in ceramics. …

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