Category Archives: Modernism

Making Joy – Fire and Ice

Making Joy – Fire and Ice is our latest Covid-19 safe, street viewable, show at the Stradling Collection in Park Row, Bristol. It is on from 17 December 2020 – 28 February 2021 and is a joyous, bright exhibition for … Continue reading

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Form and Function: Geoffrey Whiting’s Teapots

Geoffrey Whiting’s teapots are the forms for which he remains best known, having achieved a design that is at once highly functional, but also good to look at as a piece of working sculpture. It is one that combines all … Continue reading

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Geoffrey Whiting: a potter and a painter

Geoffrey Whiting had an important parallel activity as a watercolour painter, but this is a lesser known area of his art. His great knowledge of the natural world underpinned all his creativity. It was there in the coloration of his pots, … Continue reading

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Geoffrey Whiting’s Candlesticks for Canterbury Cathedral

You can find candlesticks made by Geoffrey Whiting in Canterbury Cathedral It is always gratifying, but still all too rare when potters get major commissions. In 1982 Geoffrey Whiting was commissioned by the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral to … Continue reading

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Brutalist Dreams in Weston-super-Mare

Chamberlin, Powell and Bon are best known as the architectural practice responsible for the Barbican development in London. Construction began in 1963 after 10 years of design negotiation and is now regarded as one of the most iconic examples of … Continue reading

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Bauhaus in Bristol – Otti Berger

It appears that Bristol furniture manufacturer Crofton Gane, whose work with Bauhaus designer Marcel Breuer is well known, considered employing leading Bauhaus graduate textile designer Otti Berger to work for him. Bristol furniture manufacturer Crofton Gane was one of the … Continue reading

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Breuer in Bristol Symposium review

2019 is the centenary of the founding of Bauhaus in Weimar and there are lots of exhibitions and events worldwide not to mention documentaries and new books. At the restored second Bauhaus in Dessau you can stay in the student … Continue reading

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Breuer in Bristol Symposium

The Breuer in Bristol Symposium at Arnolfini went very well indeed. Speakers included Christopher Wilk, Keeper of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion at the V&A, design historians Alan Powers, Leyla Daybelge and Magnus Englund, Oliver Kent, Programme Leader BA Applied Arts, … Continue reading

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Finding Marcel Breuer in Bristol

Stradling Collection volunteer Rosemary Silvester has been particularly excited by our current Bauhaus in Bristol exhibition. Her research in the 1980s into the activities of Bristol furniture manufacturers P E Gane Ltd has given her a real enthusiasm for the … Continue reading

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Crofton Gane reviews the Gane Pavilion, 1936

We thought it would be good to hand the next Blog post over to Crofton Gane himself. The following is his review of the success of the PE Gane Pavilion designed for him by Marcel Breuer for the 1936 Royal … Continue reading

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