Saturday 29 August 2015
Sketching Ceramics at the V&A
ceramics on the 6th floor before which was the destination for Sketching Tuesday earlier this week. With excellent light , sketching stools readily available and a vast collection, it was a fantastic if overwhelming choice. So many shapes, textures and colours, where to start? I spent almost an hour wandering around, gazing into cabinets.
My preference is for early, relatively plain wares : when I did pottery evening classes in Shepherds Bush years ago with Marta Donaghey, my inspiration was prehistoric/ Neolithic pottery and I made masses of thumb pots incised with different marks. When I go on holiday I'm actually really interested in seeing all those broken bit of pots in dusty museums!
I loved all the examples of oil lamps ( above) it looks like the curators had fun arranging them - all similar shapes yet unique , handmade.