White

I wonder if anyone saw the programme on BBC4 yesterday – A History of Art in Three Colours, White.

It was one art critic’s view of the history of the colour white in European culture: starting with Winckelmann, going via Wedgwood and Whistler and Le Corbusier up to its use in the monumental buildings of Fascism.

It was an interesting programme and made me think a lot, because, of course, much of my work is in pure white porcelain.

White represents many things, including coldness and bareness, but also including purity and simplicity. I think the latter interpretations are why I like white: it tells no lies and gives no misleading impressions. It just is what it is.
I hope that makes sense.

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