Where can a full and frank porn talk go aside from one person decreeing that the other cannot have the sexual outlet they rely on?

Take it Home: Mibo lampshades, Zella daybed, Scimitar tiles, Mufti leather cupboard

A hand-crafted cane daybed and retro lampshades: Madeleine Lim rounds up what's new in interiors

Letter: Modern vulgarity

Sir: George Melly's put down of Picasso's ceramics as "vulgar and silly" ("Carry on up the Cote d'Azur", 4 December) would seem to strengthen the writer John Carey's view that Modernism as a movement was a self-conscious attempt to distance art from the newly literate hoi polloi that began to develop in the nineteenth century.

Royal Doulton puts up `for sale' sign in bid to escape control by Waterford

ROYAL DOULTON, the troubled UK china maker, effectively put itself up for sale yesterday in a move aimed at extricating itself from the uncomfortable clutches of its rival, Waterford Wedgewood.

Waterford buys stake in Royal Doulton for pounds 11.1m


Design & Shopping: High design at bargain prices

The Christmas design fairs provide excellent opportunities to buy unique pieces, for a song.

Design & Shopping: Earthenware: a new brew

Can it be true that Walter Keeler has abandoned his signature salt-glaze stoneware for `the joy of the commonplace'?

Gallery week '99

From making your own rocket to sculpture using dolls' hair wire, Gallery Week '99, which runs until next Sunday, aims to open up new experiences for the gallery-goer. Below are details of the 350 galleries taking part

Design: Ovaltine queen in a post-ceramic world

Revered by collectors, the bright and cosy work of Clarice Cliff is seen by many in the design world as the pottery equivalent of Enid Blyton. By Alan Powers

Design: Design Shows

Thinking Aloud: curated by sculptor Richard Wentworth - the first thoughts of artists and designers, from Joseph Paxton's scribblings of the Crystal Palace to Walt Disney's drawing of Pluto.

Profits plunge at Morgan Crucible

MORGAN CRUCIBLE, the international ceramics and carbon group, yesterday posted a 70 per cent plunge in headline profits to pounds 33.2m after being battered by slumping demand and a string of one-off costs.

Shopping & Design: Check It Out: VESSEL - CERAMICS AND GLASSWARE

NADIA DEMETRIOU Ladas began obsessively collecting Fifties glass after a holiday in southern Sweden's glass-blowing region. Four years on, she is opening her own glassware and ceramics gallery-cum-shop, Vessel, in west London.

Morgan Crucible in pounds 170m chemicals sale

MORGAN CRUCIBLE, the industrial ceramics and carbon company, yesterday confirmed it was in talks to sell its chemical products business, the biggest part of a rationalisation caused by a slump in orders, writes Andrew Verity.

Brunei strikes it rich again

THE GOVERNMENT of the oil-rich state of Brunei has been secretly engaged in a three-month salvage operation that has yielded a treasure trove of Chinese porcelain, jade and gold from a shipwreck.

Cookson to cut 700 jobs worldwide in pounds 70m restructuring programme

COOKSON, the ceramics, electronics and engineering group, yesterday unveiled details of a restructuring programme that will cost pounds 70m over the next two years and save pounds 8.5m in the current year plus pounds 14.5m a year in subsequent years.
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