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The Mug — the intimate pot – Robin Hopper

One of the first pieces of studio pottery I ever picked up — and which I still own — is this simple stoneware coffee mug by B.C. potter Robin Hopper (1939 –    ). It still feels like a splash of cold water in the face when I hold it or look at it. How could […]

Starting out — a mug’s game

When I started collecting and dealing (and picking) I was frequently reminded about the sheer volume of pottery and ceramics that was being discarded and resold.  Something that hasn’t changed much over thousands of years. This is only one aisle of a thrift store and only one object — the simple western mug — to […]

ron thom and the allied arts

It wasn’t quite my intention to post a blog and then send you away but this initial one is a bit special. The current show at the Gardiner Museum here in Toronto is well worth the admission to see a great Canadian modernist and the studio ceramics he commissioned for his acclaimed buildings: Massey College, […]