Five things to see in February

February is a great month for ceramics, with three inspiring shows, but you can also get to grips with 3D printing and bone up on British architects.
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Galleon tile panel made for P&O’s SS Malta in 1895 by William De Morgan
Galleon tile panel made for P&O’s SS Malta in 1895 by William De Morgan

1 Voyages of Discovery: The De Morgans and the Sea

February 3 to August 25, The De Morgan Centre, 38 West Hill, SW18 (020 8871 1144;; £4)
Gorgeous ceramic tiles and bowls with lustrous turquoise and green glazes make this show a must for fans of the Arts & Crafts movement. It displays the work, crammed with sea monsters and mythical figures, of the renowned ceramicist William De Morgan (1839-1917) and his painter wife Evelyn (1855-1919). The pair were passionate agitators for the suffragettes, prison reform, pacifism and more. At the show, pride of place goes to a galleon tile panel (pictured) made for P&O’s SS Malta in 1895 — William De Morgan received many commissions for the famous shipping line.

Striped jugs by Sue Binns
Striped jugs by Sue Binns

2 Ceramic Art London

February 24-26, Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, SW7 (020 7590 4444;; 020 3137 0750;
No serious collector misses this event, with the work of 75 ceramicists and potters, selected worldwide by industry experts. See Sue Binns’s striped jugs (pictured) and Stephanie Quayle’s Watching Lion. Meet new talent and see what the old hands can make. Prices range from £12 to £4,000. Tickets cost £12 and include an exhibition guide.

3 Listed Property Show

February 18-19, Olympia, W14 (
London has loads of listed buildings — there are 11,000 in Westminster alone, while Hackney has 1,300. This show is for their owners. Under one roof, find experts on listed property regulations and have a chat with conservation officers, architects and planners. You can also track down that elusive specialist builder or supplier of windows, doors, paints, flooring and more. For a pair of free tickets, register on the website, or call 01795 844939.

“Beaky” jugs with hand-painted birds by Kate Baxter
“Beaky” jugs with hand-painted birds by Kate Baxter

4 Flair & Vision

February 3 to March 3, Artisan, 80 Harlesden Road, NW10 (020 8451 5235;
Delicate handmade ceramic hearts as brooches and pendants are just in time for St Valentine’s Day at this delightful show. Ceramicists Kate and Richard Baxter, from Leigh-on-Sea, will be on hand. She does “beaky” jugs with hand-painted birds (pictured), while he is famous for exotic glazes on bowls and plates.

5 Send to Print/Print to Send

Until February 25, The Aram Gallery, 110 Drury Lane, WC2 (020 7557 7526;
3D printing, sometimes called “rapid prototyping” or “additive manufacturing” is a new way of making items, where a “printer”, controlled by a computer, builds a one-off complex shape in layers of plastic from liquid or powder in a tank. It has been used for making models, artificial limbs, jewellery, vases, shoes or even larger pieces, such as chairs. You’ll know a lot more after your visit, and you’ll learn which top architects and designers are exploiting this amazing technique.

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