Ceramics News Briefs International

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The ‘Cucuteni 5000’ ceramics fair in Iasi, Romania, Digital Journal — Oh, my, this work is so beautiful! Traditional designs, styles and glazes, as seen in the pic… This is the 28th year the festival has taken place, but it has a long history. “The pottery making tradition in Romania dates back thousands of years to a mysterious people archaeologists named ‘Cucuteni’.”

Roseville ‘Gardenia’ vase has roots in Ohio, New Orleans Picayune — The story of Roseville pottery, with tips for collectors. I hadn’t known it was named for the Ohio town it was originally made in. Evidently, there are two levels of value for the pottery…

Paid for in bowls, China Daily — The first thing I wondered when I read the lead was whether these people were being fleeced… However, the idea that antique pottery is being traded for new bowls is okay, though, if it’s being collected for museums, as is the case. The discussion about the “celadon water dropper” is quite interesting.

Signs of early settlements found on Lauderdale barrier island, Orlando Sentinel — This story is quite intriguing and it is accompanied by a video of archaeologists at work. Evidence of prehistoric Tequesta Indians and European explorers has been found.

Northampton archaeologists find man who could be 1,600-years-old, Chronicle & Echo — Archaeologists have found the remains of what they think may be a Roman in Northhampton, England. “A small piece of pottery found alongside the crouched skeleton was used to date the burial to somewhere between the years 43 and 410.” The shard is  apparently the only piece of pottery at the find, but it is so small, not much can be judged by it. The Romans built kilns wherever they established colonies, but who knows if this shard is from one of them. The story’s link to pottery is weak, but it isn’t everyday that a Roman is found…

Is Porcelain Dental Work Fragile?, The Huffington Post — A dentist questions the durability of this popular dentistry material, then answers his questions… I didn’t realize that porcelain crowns could be stronger than regular tooth enamel. However, I know my gold crowns are built to last!

Phillips de Pury & Co. Announces Highlights From September London Design Auction, Art Daily — News about an upcoming auction described as “the most important group of Modernist ceramics ever to appear at auction.” Forty works from the Berkeley Collection will be auctioned off. “The Berkeley Collection is legendary amongst Museum curators and collectors alike.

HIPing – What Is It and What are The Advantages for Engineering Ceramics?, Azom — I like to carry articles on high-tech ceramics now and then and this one lured me in with its curious process of densifying ceramics to remove porosity, “thereby leading to improved mechanical properties such as strength and reliability.” Nicely designed info graphic, too…

Spotlight on: Retiring ceramics teacher Mary Humphrey reflects on 28 years at Ella Sharp Museum, mlive — A lovely tribute to a woman who has dedicated her life to our art form. It’s a Q and A interview, which gives us a clearer look at what makes Mary Humphrey tick…

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About Jan

I have a background in ceramics, graphic design and journalism.
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