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traveling to london (uk)

updated fri 5 jan 01


Janet Kaiser on fri 5 jan 01

Dear Lisa,

If you look up London in the archives you should
find Russel Fouts excellent write-up on where to
go and what to see amongst other tips...

In addition to that information, I would add:
your first stop should be the Craft Potters
Gallery, 7 Marshall Street, London W1
Tel: 0171-437 7605
Open Monday to Saturday 10.00 to 17.30
and Thursdays 10.00-19.00

Apart from seeing contemporary pots/ceramics,
books, tools and exhibitions, you should buy the
recent 12th(?) Edition of "Potters", which not
only lists all members of the CPA (Craft Potters
Association of Britain) but their address,
contact details and an example of their work.
This is a very broad range, from functional
domestic to sculptural.

Buy the current issue of Ceramic Review and look
at the "What's on" section of exhibitions too.

London is a very large place and traffic is
horrendous :-( I advise you map out who you want
to visit and how far you are prepared to travel,
then stick to using the London Underground
(Subway) system whenever possible.

As a purely personal opinion, I would not be
visiting many working potters in 10 or so days,
but would concentrate on museums and galleries.
The British Museum and the Victoria & Albert are
MUSTS. Do not forget to check out their books,
catalogues, publications and postcards.

But talk to the nice people at the CPA shop in
Marshall Street first... And do not be tempted
to travel far from London by trains. The whole
rail system is currently on its knees and you
may never get back again!

Crossing roads is OK in Central London... You
only have to read what is written on the
pavements... LOOK RIGHT. I presume this
precautionary measure was introduced because
London buses and taxis ran over too many

Enjoy your trip!

Janet Kaiser
The Chapel of Art . Capel Celfyddyd
Criccieth LL52 0EA, GB-Wales Tel: (01766) 523570

----- Original Message -----

Hello all,

Traveling to London in the second week of
February and will be there for 1
weeks . Would love to visit potters in the
area. Would probably be
traveling by train, or bus. Can barely cross the
streets let alone drive
them, so I will definitely not be driving. Any