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Flare Group shares plunge as it revises forecasts downwards

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Waterford Wedgwood unveil rise in profits

Waterford Wedgwood, the Irish luxury crystal and china group, yesterday unveiled a 15-per-cent rise in pre-tax profits for 1997. Brian Patterson, chief executive of Wedgwood (left) and Redmond O'Donoghue, chief executive of Waterford, said this year would see consolidation in the china business but forecast another year of record crystal sales.

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Collect Call: By George, a real dragon

Every iron scale of this magnificent 4ft 8in long Japanese dragon is articulated. In the 18th and 19th centuries such okimono, free-standing ornaments, were prized by well-to-do Japanese households as supreme examples of the metal forger's skill.

Visual Arts: Shock of the Bushveld

This is meant to be a visual arts column - which means painting and sculpture and, I suppose, any and every other art of a visual nature - but for some reason I never seem to get beyond painting and sculpture. This week, then, something a little different: an exhibition of new work by the ceramicist Hylton Nel.

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That'll be the Daewoo of ceramics

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