New printed ‘Spode Trees’ (for wood/salt glaze firing) drying in the evening sun at the International Ceramic Studios Kecskemét, July 21, 2010.

Top - Rimas working, below, view through to Billie Theide’s studio space

Watering can bought at the Kecskemét Flea market

ICS courtyard early evening

Lightening over Kecskemét July 21 2010

Post-industrial topiary, Keckskemét July 17 2010

Mary Fischer one of the artists taking the print course noticed a remarkable synchronicity between one of my salt glazed wood-fired pieces and a Kecskemét gravestone. The work itself references Bernard Leach’s assertion that: Patterns may be described as concepts of decoration reduced to their utmost simplicity and significance. They are analogous to melodies in music and proverbs in literature. Their significance is enhanced by directness of personal statement and detracted from by mechanical reproduction, for in such reproductions continuous vital interpretation is lacking, however good the original. That is why well painted pots have a beauty of expression greater than pottery decorated with engraved transfers, stencils or rubber stamps. (from Bernard Leach - A Potters Book, Faber and Faber ,1967, page 101). Seems like Bernard had been reading up on his William Morris who in 1882 wrote about industrially produced pottery. He railed against the craft which turns out tons of commercial wares, every piece of which ought to be a work of art, produces literally nothing going to to assert that -  As to the surface decoration of pottery, it is clear that it must never be printed (from William Morris - The Lesser Arts of Life, quoted in William Morris on Art and Design page 133 [Sheffield Academic Press 1996, Ed. Christine Poulson])


Presumably Leach’s painted tile has a greater ‘beauty of expression‘ than my printed one...


Below: Bernard Leach, wood-fired Willow tile [1940-1948], 10cm x 10cm. Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections.... then Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s) Willow after Bernard Leach 20cm x 20cm. Salt glazed wood fired tile (Kecskemét Hungary 2008)... followed by Willow from tombstone, Kecskemét Cemetery (photo - Mary Fischer)...