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Philip Hensher: Showing Syria our fragile side is our strength

It is right to try a variety of rapprochements between us and the Middle East, and to the political we might add cultural approaches. You never know; that might do the trick where hard diplomacy is always going to fail.

The school pottery teacher who turned a fortune with garden-shed forgeries

An amateur sculptor duped some of Britain's most respected auction houses into selling fake vases that he had made in his garden shed – thinking they were genuine antiques worth thousands of pounds.

Robert Fournier: Inventive ceramist whose 'pebble' pots were based on natural forms

The potter Robert Fournier was as well known for his many distinguished reference books as his inventive ceramics. Something of a rebel, he was a lifelong pacifist and atheist, and his decision to become a potter was, in part, a refusal to compete in what he saw as an increasingly consumer-led society.

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The ceramicist Emma Bridgewater is the queen of quirky crockery. But is her rambling Norfolk home as charming as her bestselling designs? Sarah Harris drops in. Photographs by Nick Sinclair

INM keeps door open for Australia deal after private equity talks fail

Independent News & Media hopes to resurrect a deal to buy out minority shareholders in the Australian newspaper group APN News & Media next year after it abandoned a potential £1.5bn offer when talks with its private equity backers broke down.

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Need a change? Quit the UK

A wealth of opportunities exists for working overseas. And, as Nick Jackson reports, some expats fall in love with their new countries

Inventive metalworkers scrap it out for arts prize worth £30,000

Eight metalworkers whose works range from tea sets to hammered silver vases are in the running for the £30,000 Jerwood Applied Arts Prize.

Staying in: Trousers ancient and modern

Adam Hart-Davis's new series tramples all over the tweedy version of history

Handle with care: how to be made in China

Now and again, a collection comes up for sale that is interesting as much for its owner as its own merits. The 300 monocrome (single-colour) Chinese ceramics that belonged to the late Professor Edward "Teddy" Hall are in this category.

MP in angry clash with Doulton

China Crisis Averted

Stripped of its assets and driven into administration, one of the UK's best-known potters is fired up again, says Kotaro Miyata
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