From the Editor
Before I say anything else, Christine and I would like to thank all of our subscribers who took up the recent ACPP Package offers. We had no idea, when we first came up with the idea, how many we might sell - but it turned out that an awful lot of you are partial to saving a bit of money and getting lots of good, reliable antique-related information at the same time! It looks like we might be able to organise some more book deals later in 2015, so we'll keep you posted. In the meantime, if you're looking for a good place to buy quality books on antiques and collectables, I'd recommend two web sites: the Victoria & Albert Museum in the UK, and also the UK-based Antique Collector's Club. Both have discounts every now and again too, and their range of titles is very diverse.
One of the subjects you'll find on those web sites is Clarice Cliff - she's probably had more books written about her than any other 20th century ceramic artist. Given the plethora of information about her, you'd think there would also be plenty available on the current market for Clarice Cliff pottery, but as I found out when I started researching the cover feature for this issue of the magazine, that's not really the case! Luckily for me - and for you, if you're interested in Clarice Cliff - it didn't take long to uncover Andrew Muir, a specialist dealer in 20th century ceramics based in the UK and who has a particular interest in Ms Cliff. Not only did Andrew check the accuracy of our editorial, he also supplied the gorgeous photos for it and even after we'd finished the editorial itself, he still sent us snippets of info from the UK. There was no room to add his most recent information into the editorial, so I decided to include it here: "Clarice has most certainly not lost its sparkle in Australia," Andrew wrote on November 18. "A sale at Mossgreen Auctions near Melbourne produced some huge prices, way more than I'd dream of selling most of the pieces for. This has happened a few times of late and suggests there are definitely new and strong buyers in Australia." So there you have it - straight from the specialist dealer's mouth!
Also straight from the dealer's mouth - or her computer, anyway - will be the ceramics valuations in our What's it Worth section from next issue. Jessie from Past Connections in Sydney has agreed to be our ceramics expert (replacing the retiring Doug Mulley) and we're looking forward to working with her. Jessie also does a regular radio show so she knows what she's in for!
If you have a look at page 64 of this magazine, you'll see there's a competition that gives you the opportunity of winning an online art appreciation course worth $1099. It's a great prize and we're really pleased to be in partnership with The Art Institute for this competition. You can enter using the form on the promotional page, or you can enter on the home page of this web site. It's dead easy - all you have to do is say in 25 words or less why you should win. Good luck to all entrants.
It's hard to believe that Christmas has come around again, and with it some truly awful Santa jokes. But we can't help it - we have to share a couple with you. Here's one: What do you call Santa's helpers? Subordinate clauses. And here's another: Did you know that Santa's not allowed to go down chimneys this year? It was declared unsafe by the Elf and Safety Commission. Okay, just one more. Santa bought Mrs Claus a wooden leg for Christmas. It wasn't her main present, just a stocking filler. Season's greetings and we wish everyone a terrific year in 2015!