Tea Pottery

My neighbour caught me on the way home from pottery the other night so I showed her my new teapot... she said it looked like a prop from The Flintstones! Admittedly it's a bit brutal and the glaze took on a touch more texture than I would've preferred but I'm still pleased. You can be sure I'll christen it this weekend with a brew.



Double page illustration from Michael Foreman's The General

Good to see Janet Charters' The General (1961) in a handsome new 50th anniversary edition, our grotty 1968 reprint does Michael Foreman's gorgeous illustrations a great disservice. What The General does to promote pacifism during the Cold War, Foreman later does for environmental issues in the prescient, Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish (1972).

Illustration from Michael Foreman's Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish


Red Legs

It's a while ago now that we submitted the artwork for Go Red, a charity fundraiser for the unspeakably good work of east London childrens' hospice, Richard House. Initially devised as an auction event, the project was thoroughly rethought in the light of global downturn. Now these mix'n'match 3-part portraits are available online as 50 x 70cm giclée prints. Other contributors include 60 actual/proper illustrators/makers such as Adrian Johnson, Jody Barton, Jeffrey Bowman, Jean Jullien, Tom Gauld and Mike Perry.


For a portion of the planet's populace, it's that ultimate festival of flat food, Pancake Day. Bon Appetit!

• Martin Mayhew, endpaper illustration from Ursula Sedgwick's My Fun to Cook, Hamlyn, 1969


More Milly

If green's the colour of money, then Milly Freeman is definitely moving on to greener pastures. Her assistance of the past few weeks has been invaluable but, even more than that, we'll miss her company. Luckily there's a good chance to see her work this week with The W Project, an exhibition at east London's Russian Club Gallery in commemoration of the 100th International Women's Day. A series of events (talks, screenings, music and workshops) will run concurrently.

The Russian Club Gallery, London E8 4DA
Private view: 8 Mar, 6.30—9pm
Exhibition continues: 9—11 Mar, 10am – 6pm



Tonight is World Book Night, when evangelical readers gift their inspirational books. Although I'd never have the confidence to choose a single volume, in the brief moments between going to bed and properly passing out, I've recently quite enjoyed these two.