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Letter: Art, or just pots?

Sir: Henry Rothschild has alerted us to the risk that Janet Leach's unique and important collection of Bernard Leach's work and documents are in danger of being lost to the nation (letter, 15 September).

Asian downturn forces Morgan Crucible to sell division

Asian downturn forces Morgan Crucible to sell division

ECC in pounds 100m share buy-back plan

ENGLISH CHINA Clays (ECC), the chemicals and minerals group, is planning a return of cash to shareholders of around pounds 100m through a share buyback in a bid to prop up its ailing share price.

Picasso's feats of clay shine in light fantastic

AS FAR as Sophie Hicks, the arch-minimalist, is concerned, her design for the new Picasso ceramics show at the Royal Academy is verging on the fussy.

The million dollar question

A Japanese Imperial full-moon jar of the Choson Dynasty could fetch a record price for a British auction.

Waterford Wedgwood shrugs off Asian woes to boost profit

WATERFORD WEDGWOOD, the fine china and crystal group, yesterday shrugged off the woes being experienced by the luxury goods sector with a 13 per cent rise in first-half operating profits to Irpounds 14m. The Waterford brand's performance was particularly strong.

Design: Tomorrow's World Design At The Edinburgh Festival

WITTY CERAMICS by the South African Hylton Nel (pictured on display in cabinet, right) and elegant pieces by the British potters Rupert Spira and Julian Stair star in the opening show of a new Edinburgh arts venue, Ingleby Gallery. Set up this summer by Richard and Florence Ingleby, it specialises in 20th-century British artists.

Portmeirion stock at a five-year low

PORTMEIRION Potteries, the troubled ceramics group, showed further cracks yesterday when it issued its fourth profit warning in the space of 12 months.

Ceramics group in fourth profit warning

PORTMEIRION Potteries, the troubled ceramics group, showed further cracks yesterday when it issued its fourth profit warning in the space of 12 months.

The fruits (and veg) of her labour

Angela Evans spends hours inspecting groceries, not for their nutritional value, but to use them as moulds for her hand-made tiles.

GROWTH IN THE PLAYGROUND

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Shopping: On The Table

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Property: Celebrity squares

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Metals boost for Johnson Matthey

PROFITS AT Johnson Matthey rose 20 per cent to pounds 130.2m in the year March on climbing sales of precious metals, materials used in the electronics industry and pollution control devices for cars, the engineering and ceramics group said yesterday.
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