Sunday, 27 September 2009

Monday, 21 September 2009

Antiquity Journal

Antiquity Journal: "Visit WebsiteCall for PapersDownload TAG poster (.pdf)RegisterIntroduction"

Crafts and sustainibility
MAKING FUTURES:the crafts in the context of emerging global sustainability agendas'

I ahve copied and pasted this synopsis of the Conference into my blog. unfortunately I have missed it .

Alias is pleased to collaborate with Plymouth College of Art on this international conference, which aims to advance understanding and debate around the territory where craft practice and aesthetics confront contemporary social and political imperatives. The purpose of ‘Making Futures' is to improve understanding of the ways in which the contemporary crafts are practiced in relation to significant and new emerging agendas relating to global environmental and sustainability issues.
The objectives include trying to understand whether these ‘agendas’ offer opportunities for the crafts to redefine and reconstitute themselves as less marginalised, more centrally productive forces in society, through new formulations and/or re-articulations of practices, identities, positions and markets, in ways that might engage more closely with contemporary social and cultural needs.
‘Making Futures: the crafts in the context of emerging global sustainability agendas’ aims to bring together an international cast of academics, practitioners, curators, campaigners, activists, and representatives from associated organisations and agencies, to develop and explore the conference theme. The conference seeks to incorporate a diverse range of practice-based case studies with approaches rooted in historical and cultural modelling encompassing social, technological, critical-theoretical, and economic and political perspectives.
The keynote speakers will be John Thackara, acclaimed author on issues concerning art and design sustainability issues and founder and director of ‘Doors of Perception’, the internationally respected design futures & sustainability network (, and Carl Honoré, the author of ‘In Praise of Slow’, the book that helped define the global slow movement (

It is often claimed that the most valuable discussions at academic conferences take place in the bar, and, with this in mind the Alias led initiative practice and reflection will be running a plenary session in a nearby pub at the end of the conference. The aim is to create the ideal conditions in which an informally structured discussion of the key themes can happen, in a relaxed environment, between peers. This will be an opportunity to capitalize on the energy generated by the conference and to send participants home with a sense of having joined a vital community of interest.

Monday, 14 September 2009

Anew thrown saucer rather than a slab made construction.

The thrown disc/saucer is much crisp and looks better than the slab made type of disk.
The three cups -thrown in porcelain -two with craft crank 'saucers'one with a very fine thrown porcelainsaucer.

Monday, 7 September 2009

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Work the Metaphor!!

From functional to non-functional and back again to functional!!

Honicknowl Book of the Dead

Kenny Knight has had his book of poetry published- just lovely!!!!

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

I work in the NHS as a nurse. i have just seen the Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein on TV last night . On my blog I keep a list of websites and blogs that I follow-one of them is the Nursing Times website. The latest headline is "NHS could cut 6,500 nurse jobs as recession bites". I thought the recession was ending. My analysis is they want to keep us in crisis so that they can privatise and de-skill our NHS -its already under pressure, and I say that5 from experince having worked on wards as a general nurse.