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Cover: 'Cocktail Ring', David Goodwin, 18-carat yellow gold, ruby, diamonds, 2004 Photographer: Marc Burden

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The news in brief: Gardens of glass: Chihuly at Kew; Beads of glass: H eatherw ick’s new sculpture; Made to last: shoes by Tracey Neuls and Orla K ie ly

22 writers and thinkers

Colin Ward examines the ideas and in fluence of Henry David Thoreau commissions New works fo r theW e llsp ring Healthy L iv ing Centre, B ris to l gold finger

David Goodwin's complex computer-

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C a r i b b e a n b l a z e In te rv iew w ith A lthea McNish's, B r ita in 's f irs t black te x t ile designer

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Anders Ruhwald's g round-breaking ceramics

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H igh-fashion skirts by A lison W illo ughby

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46 Soviet ceramics david leach (1911 -2005) Appreciation by David Whiting what isafrican art? Sokari Douglas Camp on politics and cultural id entity international expression Review of In te rnational A r ts and C rafts exhibitions in Los Angeles and London reviews Exhibitions and books reviewed craftnotes Obituaries o f Hermann J iinger, Helen P incombe, M ichael Murray and Joan C rossley-Holland. Plus the Future Perfect debate, conference reports, gallery news, awards and commissions stockists Outlets fo r work featured in th is issue readers' page Competitions and reader o ffe rs

Scottish IArts Council Crafts gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Scottish Arts Council

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Revolutionary Soviet ceramics


as i please Tanya Harrod on the dark side of New Media