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Obituary: Walter Cole

LIKE MANY artists who became potters Walter Cole worked as a sculptor before taking up serious potting - an indication of how the status of the studio potter was slow to gain widespread acceptance despite the early pioneering work of Bernard Leach and others since the early 1920s.

Obituary: Rollo Ballantyne

ROLLO BALLANTYNE was one of those rare collectors who brought to his interest in contemporary ceramics both a sense of genuine discovery and real enthusiasm for what was a little charted subject. Although until his retirement he served as a much respected and admired doctor in general practice, his enduring memorial will be the Ballantyne Collection, a substantial group of ceramics by contemporary studio potters which he saw as able to stand alongside other art forms.

Morgan shares plunge after profit warning

SHOCK WAVES reverberated through the engineering sector yesterday after Morgan Crucible, the industrial ceramics group, issued a profits warning and announced 1,000 jobs losses worldwide.

Morgan shares plummet on profit warning

SHOCK WAVES reverberated through the engineering sector yesterday after Morgan Crucible, the industrial ceramics group, issued a profits warning and announced 1,000 jobs losses worldwide.

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A thick underlay will help protect a carpet by absorbing some of the wear. Buy the best you can afford - preferably rubber crumb or felt. It is almost more important for the underlay to be fitted professionally than the carpet, because any gaps will cause uneven wear in the carpet.

global partnership world fair

Christmas is coming and for shoppers with a conscience, the perfect present solution may be at hand. Head for Olympia 2 in London's Kensington this weekend, where Global Partnership, sponsored by The Independent, is setting out its stalls. More than 75 producers of fair traded products (right) from all over the Third World will be selling everything from ceramics to carpets, jewellery, toys, musical instruments and wooden bowls. And around 80 voluntary organisations will present their work throughout the developing world. In addition, a conference, "Tackling World Poverty - the Role of Official and Voluntary Aid" takes place today at the Conference Centre in Olympia 2.

Outlook: Royal Doulton

BRITAIN'S TEXTILE industry has already all but gone down the Swannee due a combination of the strong pound, cheap imports and the well publicised problems of Marks & Spencer. Now our fine china industry has developed some yawning fault lines too.

Design: First-Class Deliveries No 2: Maison

OF ALL the myriad mail order catalogues, Maison, and its offspring Maisonbis (the mail order 1998/99 supplement), are among the most beguiling. Beautifully photographed and designed, the two catalogues are bulging with stylish home accessories eminently suitable for Christmas presents.

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Marie Peppercorn's ceramics derive their inspiration from avant- garde Fifties art.

Cookson slumps

COOKSON, the electronics, ceramics and plastics producer, issued a warning of tough trading conditions yesterday which sent the shares sharply lower. By the close they had fallen 13p to 120p, down almost 60 per cent from their high six months ago, writes Clifford German.

Blue Circle to sell businesses

BLUE CIRCLE Industries has confirmed it intends to dispose of its bathroom and ceramics businesses, which could be worth up to pounds 250m.

Visual Arts: The Independent Collector: JULIAN SAINSBURY

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She was Picasso's Girl in a Pony-tail. Forty-five years later, she herself is an artist.

Obituary: Dr Bernard Watney

FOR NEARLY 50 years Dr Bernard Watney was a familiar figure in the Portobello Road market in London, carefully examining the artefacts being offered for sale. Dealers who knew him would retain items for his inspection and, even if he did not make a purchase, might pass on to the next customer the information he gave. He was a collector and writer not just in the field of ceramics but of silver wine labels and corkscrews; these, being small, could be carried in the pocket of his jacket, which was cut on the lines of a Norfolk jacket - of the sort said to be worn by poachers.

Letter: Ceramic collection

Sir: The Tate shares your correspondents' concerns (letters, 15, 17 September) about the future of the Janet Leach Collection of ceramics, principally by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada. Leach was a powerful force in St Ives, which is why we have been delighted to show a group of his works as part of our displays at the Tate Gallery there.
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