Collect Call: Potted history
Tuesday 03 February 1998
David Jones's "Deconstructed Tea Set" is brimful of ironic references to the affected aestheticism of the Japanese tea ceremony, with its near- worship of misshapen rustic pottery. Jones, a 44-year-old philosophy graduate who teaches ceramics at Wolverhampton University, spent three months potting in Japan as winner of the INAX Design Prize. He throws the pots, fires them by the raku process, then re-softens them before distorting them. Prices: teapot pounds 500, jug pounds 200, cup and saucer pounds 150, sugar bowl pounds 90, spoon pounds 50 - on show until 14 February at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, City Library and Arts Centre, Fawcett Street, Sunderland (0191-514 1235).
If the jug and vase look somewhat architectural, it is because their maker, Slade professor of fine art Bruce McLean, is planning an all-ceramic housing project with the architect Will Alsop in Groeningen, Holland. These are 53-year-old McClean's first ceramics for 12 years - he is better known for his prints, paintings, films, performance art, and as the creator of the forthcoming art-filled "streetscape" in Argyle Street, Glasgow. The vase, 40cm high and the jug, 30cm, price pounds 1,500 can be seen at Sotheby's second annual Contemporary Decorative Arts Selling Exhibition, running from Thursday to 13 February, Monday-Friday (10am-4.30pm), Saturday (10am- 4pm), Sunday (12pm-4pm) (0171-293 5000).
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