I have recently added three pieces of slipware to my collection. You might ask: what’s slipware? What awful old broken chipped cracked pots is he gonna show us now? Why should we be interested? Well, I think some slipware pots are fascinating and beautiful objects, and I’m hoping you will think so too. … More Slipware

Natural Habitat: Part 1

I’ve been out of my natural habitat, on safari in South Africa. Picture me, elderly, urban, bookish, hurtling through the bush in an open-topped truck, in pursuit of miscellaneous wildlife. Could anything be more incongruous? And yet, I enjoyed – no, adored – every moment. And oddly, curiously, I felt quite at home. I wonder why? … More Natural Habitat: Part 1

Bluidy Mackenzie

Here’s a Hallowe’en tale to make your blood run cold and your hair stand on end. Turn down the lights, ignite the candle inside the pumpkin, and brace yourselves to hear about a creepy graveyard, a Black Mausoleum, a vile atrocity from Scotland’s history, an evil poltergeist, and six spooky, spectral, spine-chilling coincidences. … More Bluidy Mackenzie

Apollo’s Ankles, or What I Know About Plaquettes

The clearest and most informative way to tell interested readers about my newly-acquired 16th century bronze plaquette is to use the Frequently Asked Question. The plaquette, however, is a rather obscure topic, so I have varied the well-tried FAQ technique. Allow me to introduce the SAQ, or Seldom Asked Question. … More Apollo’s Ankles, or What I Know About Plaquettes