Today’s broadcast features Takeshi Yasuda’s incredible porcelain bowls and dishes with archive footage shot by Goldmark in China, John Farrington paintings as storytelling and John Piper’s hand-coloured Brighton Aquatints.
Born in 1933, Farrington attended School of Art in Dudley, Worcestershire and was encouraged by the principal to study illustration and printmaking. The main body of Farrington’s work explores the relationship between the human and animal kingdoms, and their relationship to the environment. They are a mesmerising combination of his verdant imagination and an often gritty realism.
Farrington paints bird men, fairgrounds and circuses and has depicted the grimmer aspects of farming, having worked as a cowman. In 1984, he produced paintings for Granada Television’s The Ebony Tower, based on John Fowles’ novel. His painting process is all important, and involves the combination of form, colour and texture built up through the process of applying different glazed surfaces.
John Piper was born at Epsom in Surrey, 1903. Following his father’s wishes, he spent 5 years in the family law firm before pursuing art, firstly at Richmond School of Art and then at the Royal College of Art. In the 1930s Piper exhibited abstract pictures and constructions, then reverted to creating landscape and architectural images, developing the picturesque style that features in his later work.
Piper experimented with printmaking from as early as 1923 when he produced four wood engravings. Piper’s prints embody his love of Britain through their depiction of its art, architecture and topography. However frequently underpinning their design, as the artist Rigby Graham has indicated, are the elements of collage, construction and assemblage that featured in his modernist work of the early 1930s.
Takeshi Yasuda is a Japanese potter who was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1943. Yasuda trained at the Daisei-Gama Pottery in Mashiko from 1963 to 1966 and established his first studio there. His early work consisted of ash-glazed stoneware, after which he explored Sancai and Creamware. Most recently Yasuda has been working with celadon-glazed porcelain.
Yasuda settled in Britain in 1973. He has taught at various art schools and universities across the UK and was Professor of Applied Arts at the University of Ulster. From 2005 until 2010 Yasuda served as Director of the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China, after which he established his own studio in the Jingdezhen Sculpture Factory. His work is held in major public and private collections worldwide, including Victoria and Albert Museum.