Clifford Richards, he's good

I got some lovely badges at the Museum of Childhood, of a cat and a lion. I like lions. I hope they're going to take over from owls as this season's ubiquitous cartoon animal. Anyway, they're by Clifford Richards, who did a lot of lovely work in the late 60s/early 70s including some great stuff for Paperchase when it opened. His "slotties" (cardboard animals that slot together, like the panda above) really remind me of being a little kid in the 70s. I had a little cardboard sea lion who balanced a cardboard ball on his nose. It's funny how unexpected things can trigger such a vivid memory. I really remember the feel of the cardboard, and the way the paper was coming away at the edge of the ball. I used to love fitting it all together. So, Clifford Richards, lovely paper things available from his website and the V & A Shop; nifty robot mugs from The Big Tomato Company.

Crikey. That's a blast from the past. Amazing!

Lovely stuff. Those owls have had it too easy for too long. It's hard to find a good cartoon lion. Unless it's Parsley. I'll put up a picture of the old Oxfam Dandy Lion tea-towel on Flickr later in the week. Unless someone beats me to it.

Ohhh, yes. Please do. A Dandy Lion, how lovely.

There is a nice cartoon Lion on the side of a Hornsea-ware mug.

Got a picture? I bet it's cute. I like Hornsea.

If that's this (and I hope that link works) then it looks like the work of John Clappison (apologies if you've already talked about him before but here goes anyway), a precociously talented ceramics artist who became head of design at Hornsea Pottery in 1958 and made Hornsea a name in the 1960s and 1970s. Even if it's someone else at Hornsea, Clappison's work is well worth digging into. An anecdote and photo-filled book about his life and career came out last year called Gone To Pot (great title) and, if you're into ceramics of that period, it's amazing to see just how many of his designs you'll either have recognised or coveted. He's also responsible for the Tipsy Lady and I'd like to think he wrote her little ditty too.

If that's this (and I hope that link works) then it looks like the work of John Clappison (apologies if you've already talked about him before but here goes anyway), a precociously talented ceramics artist who became head of design at Hornsea Pottery in 1958 and made Hornsea a name in the 1960s and 1970s. Even if it's someone else at Hornsea, Clappison's work is well worth digging into. An anecdote and photo-filled book about his life and career came out last year called Gone To Pot (great title) and, if you're into ceramics of that period, it's amazing to see just how many of his designs you'll either have recognised or coveted. He's also responsible for the Tipsy Lady and I'd like to think he wrote her little ditty too.

Hornsea rules. As do lions (ok, they don't - I'm a Leo, see me roar as I back away cowardly). I had to be geeky and look up Hornsea and it looks pretty tempting to visit, if you haven't already, and even if it is dominated by the big Freeport discount retail shopping centre, um, thing. Hornsea folk museum has a big collection of the pottery, the town's got a model village and butterfly "walkthrough", there's a place nearby called Honeysuckle Farm where, by name alone, if the birds don't land on your shoulders and the cows don't sing I'd be heartily disappointed, and Bridlington's only just up the road for big town seaside caff, charity shop and old-fashioned amusement arcade thrills. Meanwhile, more slotties. I'm sure I found a cardboard slottie bonsai online recently.

Crikey, I started something there! Yes, that is it. The Clappison Lion. I love his work. Paticularly the Bronte design, which I grew up with.

This is great stuff, thanks. My internet has been a bit off this week so I haven't had a chance to have a good look. Will come back to this though.

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