Walking past a second-hand shop in Sherborne (Dorset) I spied this large ceramic mug in the window...
The design is very reminiscent of and possibly based on drawings by Rowland Emett. Rowland Emett is very much in the news at the moment as the ‘Marvellous Machines’ exhibition has just opened at the
and . The exhibition runs until the 21st September 2014. Art Gallery
“With this exhibition we aim to introduce Rowland Emett and his amazing machines to a new generation,” says Tim Griffiths, founder of the Rowland Emett Society. “He was a very familiar figure during the post-war decades but has been largely forgotten—until now. We will have twelve of the fifteen machines known to have survived in the
on display alongside many of his distinctive original drawings.”
The mug is now residing on my desk, and I am keen to know more about it. It was produced by the Purbeck Ceramics Company of Swanage. I assume it’s a transfer print probably made in the 1960s or 70s. If anyone knows anything at all about the mug or the history of Purbeck Ceramics, I would love to hear from you.
If you are interested in Rowland Emett, you might enjoy the previous posts about here, here and here and if you would like to see him at work there is a wonderful piece of film here
This is another purchase from the same shop. I'm going to have a lot of fun with these!
In other news; Peter Rabbit wins Gold Medal at Chelsea!
I was excited to read about the
Garden at Chelsea winning the coveted Great Pavilion Award. The World of Beatrix Potter joined forces with garden designer, Richard
Lucas, and plant nursery Hooksgreen
Herbs to create the garden. I wasn't able to go this year but kept up to
date with everything on the TV and in the newspapers. It was amazing to see Mr.
McGregor's garden coming to life. This reminds me of a visit from our ‘very
own’ Peter Rabbit. You can read about it here