Minimal and maximal: Ceramics in the City & Decorex 2012

Part 3 of the manic weekend was a trip to Ceramics in the City at the Geffrye Museum. There were over 50 makers exhibiting so it was a bit overwhelming. Some of those that particularly spoke to me were: Keith Varney's rippling textures made with slip and/or turning

Hannah McAndrew's historically inspired jugs. These particular shapes were not on display but I do love them.

Sophie MacCarthy's urban stencilling is inspiring for the beauty she finds in a very familiar environment.

Anja Lubach's pots were stamped with face shapes, reminiscent of the sprigs I have been pondering, demanding attention and also rather disturbing.

Emma Clegg also made use of applied textures and decorations in impressive detail.

Suleyman Saba had a lovely black & white bowl with a wide internal rim, which reminded me of the Hanne Ennemark glass I was so struck by recently.

Ben Davies did some amazing things with texture and surface, referencing stone strata.

Linda Bloomfield strikingly combined porcelain white with blue and green (nearly the elusive turquoise I have been hunting for) and also had some interesting edges to her thrown pieces, particularly noticeable in a cake stand that made me think of Takeshi Yasuda's iceberg work.

Lara Scobie used incised lines to develop strong and delicate graphic markings.

Jane Cox I loved for the full-hearted rich colours.

The next day I was off to Decorex, a completely different aesthetic experience, and something of a shock to the system after so many years immersed in east London, so many golds and polished woods and antlers and marble and everything else that I found it hard to see anything at all. There were some nice textiles using cotton and linen that cried out to be touched, amazing tiles of inlaid mother-of-pearl.

I enjoyed the textures of Richard Taylor's lamp bases

Belgin Bozsahin's work also includes some lovely textures, as well as incorporating historically inspired colours and images, particularly the Turkish tulip form.