Build Your West German Ceramics Library…

Firstly, happy new year to one and all. The first new news of the year is that, at last, Dr Horst Makus’ landmark publication ‘Keramik der 50er Jahre’ (Ceramics of the 1950s) has been re-released. It was last published in 1998 and has become increasingly impossible to find over the last 9 years. My gap-filling […]

Fat Lava goes international!

Hot on the heels of the Maltese-based ‘Mdina Collectors Club’, comes an even more exciting venture out of Toronto in Canada. A number of dedicated Fat Lava enthusiasts have just founded the ‘Fat Lava Collectors’ Club’, in association with the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. The small but perfectly formed group held their first meeting last […]

On the road with Judith Miller

One of the most enjoyable, and often surprising, tasks my job entails is meeting people and discussing their collections. This can be for publication in one of our books, for valuation or – in this case – on a book signing tour. With Autumn’s cold mornings and evenings showing us Summer really was over, Judith […]

Agatha Christie

I’ve just had a fascinating telephone and email conversation with the curator of Greenway House, near Brixham in Devon, who was seeking some advice. Currently owned by the National Trust, it was the family home of Agatha Christie who is known, of course, for her crime novels. It appears that she was also a keen […]

Newark Antiques & Collectables Fair

The KING of British antiques fairs, legendary amongst collectors and dealers the world around! And I was going! Yay! If you have heard rumours about it going into decline, please dispel them immediately as the doom-laden thoughts of the terminally miserable. In my honest opinion, this event IS still worth going to, even on a […]

Designs on Scandinavia

This weekend saw the Banker and I taking shameless advantage of the cheap flight fad and enjoying a short weekend break in Stockholm. As ever, was looking forward to trawling around the design shops and antiques and collectables centres in the capital of one of the countries that has contributed the most to 20th century […]

Fat Lava Exhibition

As you will have seen from other parts of my website, the Fat Lava Exhibition was opened at the King’s Lynn Art Centre in Norfolk, England on July 15th. Since its launch unprecedented numbers of visitors have attended, each emitting a shocked gasp as they enter the vibrant ceramic filled gallery. Okay, I may be […]