The Biggest Umbrella in Cardiff

Hi Everybody,

As you may have noticed it’s been raining quite a lot lately, so on the weekend instead of getting soaked again on a woodland walk, we decided to visit Cardiff’s National Museum. The museum has a classical architectural style with a large domed roof and was first opened to the public in 1927.

The museum has a mix of dinosaur fossils, classical paintings, crafts and contemporary art and of course a very interesting permanent exhibition of 20thcentred pottery. Much of the pottery is by super famous potters from the 1950s to 1970s including Hans Coper, Lucie Rie, Pablo Picasso, Elizabeth Fritsch and Ian Godfrey etc, and if you haven’t heard of them or seen their work before, then please check them out. They are/were at the top of their game producing cutting edge original ceramic pieces. There is everything from pots that create optical effects to ones that use some very simple techniques to create stunning objects. Looking at these pots in the flesh so to speak, is a completely different experience to seeing a photograph of them in a book or online. By seeing them live you notice the scale and all the little details you would not see in a photo. Some of the pots that really stood out for me were the Picasso pots, which are simple terracotta vessels with black and white glazed figures, where he has used the pots in the same way he would use a small canvas to paint on. Perhaps the opposite to the Picassos, but just as exciting, were the Elizabeth Fritsch optical stoneware pots, where she has used geometric patterns to create a kind of illusion. So, please visit the museum, look at the exhibition, try to work out how the pots were made, what materials and glazes they have used, what they are trying to say with their pots and above all be inspired to do your own pottery experiments, try something different, enjoy it and have fun! 

Barry