05 June 2012

UKDay2: Looking good at the V&A

During our very short time in London (just two days), we managed to meet up with bloggers Miranda and her mother at the V&A. I had met them once before at the great blogger meet-up in November 2010, but this time we really had a chance to chat. Thanks to Miranda we were able to avail ourselves of the quiet Member's Room for a light lunch before we all headed to the ball gown exhibit. The gowns were fascinating and some were actually beautiful. For more on that check out Pen and Pencil Girls.

Since it has been at least 20 years since either of us had been to the V&A, John and I decided to spend the bulk of our day there exploring. And we did spend most of the afternoon there, but most of it was in the ceramics galleries.  They were wonderful. We just need a few more days to see the rest of the museum. From the V&A we made our way to Fleet Street for evensong at St Brides and then to dinner with ex-pat friends.

McDonalds #1 by Li Lihong
I covet this piece. I don't know where I would put it, but I love it.

Rose Border Multiple, Multiple Blue 1 by Caroline Slotte
Look closely at this one (click to expand), the artist die-cut through the plates to make it three dimensional.

Ornamental Inheritance by Jo Meesters and Marije van der Park
They took two commercial vases and scraped off the glaze to create these contemporary Dutch landscapes.


Signs and Wonders by Edmund de Waal
High above our heads, we almost missed this wonderful red metal shelf that
runs along the the inside of the base of a ceiling dome.

Signs and Wonders, detail

Girl Baptised in Gold by Kim Simonsson



tiny pots by Chun Liao








This plate is probably a metre in diameter


Trophy by Clare Twomey
There are 50 of these, but in the original installation in 2006 there were 4,000 of them
and viewers got to select one and take it home.


This one is actually made of glass not ceramics.

A Captive Audience by David Reekie
A clone about to make a break for it.




4 comments:

  1. So lovely! We didn't have nearly enough time at the V&A last year... already planning or next trip.

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  2. It was such a fun afternoon for us Thomas! One of the nicest things about the V&A is how much there is to see, I'd like to spend more time in the ceramics after looking at your beautiful photos.

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  3. It was lovely to see you and John. I'm so enjoying all your fabulous photos - you really made the most out of your stay!

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  4. Lovely, lovely, lovely. The V&A is the one place I will be going straight back to when I'm in London next month. But I really would need a month!

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