Finally finished working on my larger experimental piece and got it fired....I quite like the way cut out sections allow for glimpses on to the interior. I'm still unsure about the drawn/ surface /decoration and not integral / material debate is going on in my head. think it works as a moving piece though.
HI SCOTT MORE THAN PLEASED TO HELP FIRST TO MY KNOWLEDGE THEY OMLY PRODUCED PORCELAIN SOFT PASTE THEY PRODUCED MAYBE POTTERY SAGGERS TO FIRE THE PORCELAIN BUT NOT ON A COMMERCIAL BASIS,SO LETS CALL IT I PORCELAIN FACTORY. 99.9 % WAS ALL HAND DECORATED BUT I HAVE FOUND 4 PIECES FROM A TEA SET TRANSFER PRINTED CLAY FROM DEVON AND CORNWALL,LYNN SAND FROM GAINSBOROUGH AND STONE FROM DERBYSHIRE,ONE OF THE COKES ,TALBOT COKE SENT SAMPLES OF CLAY FROM NEWFOUNDLAND BUT I THINK SAMPLE
So I wanted to see if I could find the romanticised scenes painted by Billingsley from the locations described on the ceramics I saw at the museum. After much driving around and taking my mother on a 'day out' ( although she found it as much of a puzzle and case as I did) These were the views I found around matlock , pretty much from the same angle as those on the pots . What is quite odd is that a plastics factory is built pretty much on the site of the old factory... But, s
So on the back of some email enquiries, I have managed to get to Derby Museum to meet Spencer Bailey the curator. I have come to look at predominantly the Pinxton Porcelain, but there were other things that fascinated me and were useful which I will cover in a separate post. After quite a long chat, we got to open the cabinets in the display and I was so exited to handle and photograph some of the porcelain. Ironically on closer inspection, there seemed to be many faults in
I visited a museum not far from the Derby museum called Pickfords house. Joseph Pickford, was an Architect who worked on Holkham hall in Norfolk and also knew the Coke family at Pinxton. This was a fascinating period town house. however, squirrelled away in some cabinet draws I found some beautiful designs for ceramics of the same period I had been researching.
Interestingly there was an exhibition curated about industry in relation to the paintings of Joseph Wright and more modern representations of industry in art which I couldn't have times better! I was also fortunate enough to get access to some of his drawings as a 'special guest'
Spencer went on to tell me more about the pottery work and the artist Joseph Wrights connection to the Coke family who lived in Brookhill Hall, a hall up the road from where I grew up in Pinxton. I knew this place as a small ex mining village in the 1980's during the miners strikes, full of social and urban decline and in the most part empty. Spencer showed me a grand painting by Joseph wright of the Coke family at Brookhill Hall. It seems Joseph Wright was a family friend of