A case study in reinterpreting an old technique: English slip decorated earthenwares and modern counterparts (including my own)

Slip decoration on pottery is a very old technique. In the Mediterranean and Near Eastern ceramic tradition it goes back to at least 2,000 BC. Slip decoration involves applying a trail of thick, wet clay to the surface of a pottery vessel prior to it being fired. The slip may be in a contrasting color …

Broken Things

As an antiquities dealer with an archaeology background, I'm always conscious of the "condition" of objects, be they ancient artifacts or modern art. Ancient objects that are in damaged condition are quite normal; that is to say, a complete ancient sculpture, pottery vessel or other artifact, with no restoration, as seen in a museum or …

A Bit More Background

One of the inspirations for starting this Blog was a series of two articles written in my longstanding Clio Ancient Art Blog in January and April of this year, in which I attempted to underscore the usefulness of establishing connections between the art of the distant past and the sometimes confusing art of today's world. …