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Malene Hartmann Rasmussen is one of the 22 artists shortlisted for Award, the £10,000 prize associated with the British Ceramics Biennial. malenehartmannrasmussen.com Photo: sylvaindeleu.com

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Gwyn Hanssen Pigott was a major figure in the field of international studio ceramics, whose work was characterised by its clarity and calm. From the mid-1980s she began to group apparently functional wares, in the form of bottles, beakers, cups and bowls, into sculptural still-life sequences of timeless purity, a move in the direction of fine art, seen at its most ambitious in her 55ft installation Caravan, shown at Tate St Ives in 2004.

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INDUSTRIAL CHIC: Concrete is the material of the moment and we like the industrial feel of these bowls by Katharina Eisenkoeck. £95 for a set, katharinaeisenkoeck.comkatharinaeisenkoeck.com" width="80" height="60" onclick="location.href='http://www.independent.co.uk/property/interiors/istyle-bright-young-things-8677588.html';" class="" />

iStyle: Bright young things

This week’s New Designers exhibition offers visitors the chance to buy  a future design classic. Trish Lorenz tracks down the names to watch

Mix textural ceramics, metallics, cut metal pieces and lace cushions to create a neutral scheme that’s full of visual interest. John Rocha bowls from £8-£25, debenhams.com

A delicate situation

Don’t tell granny but lace is for more than doilies and curtains. Try it on lamps, linens and even ceramics, says Trish Lorenz

Auction puts Picassos up for sale – for £500

Art lovers on a budget will get the chance to buy an original work by Picasso for a few hundred pounds at an auction later this month.

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All Together Now: Group a selection of Linea Naturals ceramics from House of Fraser together for a sculptural effect. Ceramic photo frame, £10, tealight holder £18, vases from £20, all houseoffraser.co.uk.

Take the ceramic route

The Royal College of Art is playing host to some of  Britain’s finest pottery this weekend, but fragile  design doesn’t have to break the bank. By Trish Lorenz

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