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Espresso, exoticism and earthenware: the coffee bar ceramics of the Picassoettes, 1952 - 1960 (2013)
Book Chapter
Partington, M. (2013). Espresso, exoticism and earthenware: the coffee bar ceramics of the Picassoettes, 1952 - 1960. In J. Dahn, & J. Jones (Eds.), Interpreting Ceramics, 90-99. Wunderkammer Press

This book chapter charts the birth of coffee bars in Britain and explores the design influences upon them. The principle focus is the work of three artist potters who made ceramics for a number of the coffee bars and whose work represented a unique m... Read More about Espresso, exoticism and earthenware: the coffee bar ceramics of the Picassoettes, 1952 - 1960.

Oral history and research ethics in the visual arts: Current and future challenges (2013)
Book Chapter
Partington, M. (2013). Oral history and research ethics in the visual arts: Current and future challenges. In M. Partington, & L. Sandino (Eds.), Oral History in the Visual Arts, 189-198. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Interviews are becoming an increasingly dominant research method in art, craft, design, fashion and textile history. This book demonstrates how artists, writers and historians deploy interviews as creative practice, as 'history', and as a means to in... Read More about Oral history and research ethics in the visual arts: Current and future challenges.

'The Hand is the Cutting Edge of the Mind' & 'Stitching and Thinking DVD' (2012)
Other
Partington, M. (2012). 'The Hand is the Cutting Edge of the Mind' & 'Stitching and Thinking DVD'

'The Hand is the Cutting Edge of the Mind' is an essay in the 'Stitching & Thinking: Mending at the Museum' exhibition catalogue. It sets the Stitching and Thinking group of artists in the context of recent developments in British crafts and particul... Read More about 'The Hand is the Cutting Edge of the Mind' & 'Stitching and Thinking DVD'.

Ceramics as show – site specific ceramics in 1950s London coffee bars (2010)
Presentation / Conference
Partington, M. (2010, September). Ceramics as show – site specific ceramics in 1950s London coffee bars. Paper presented at Ceramics on Show: Public and Private Displays

This paper discusses the phenomenon of the London coffee bars of the 1950s from the point of view of the ceramics which were made for them by a small group of potters – primarily Margret Hine, William Newland and Nicholas Vergette. Whilst little if... Read More about Ceramics as show – site specific ceramics in 1950s London coffee bars.

Oral history and research ethics in the creative arts and higher education (2010)
Presentation / Conference
Partington, M. (2010, July). Oral history and research ethics in the creative arts and higher education. Paper presented at ‘[Record] [Create]: Oral History in Art, Craft, and Design’, Oral History Society Annual Conference

My paper looks at the ethical issues which arise out of human participant research in the visual arts, with particular reference to oral history interviewing. All higher education research which deals with human participants now has to undergo varyi... Read More about Oral history and research ethics in the creative arts and higher education.

Can British ceramics education survive? (2010)
Presentation / Conference
Partington, M. (2010, March). Can British ceramics education survive?. Paper presented at Annual Conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)

A discussion of the rapid reduction in undergraduate ceramics courses in the United Kingdom and its potential impact on the landscape of international ceramics. In the UK we are experiencing a significant shift in the landscape of ceramics educat... Read More about Can British ceramics education survive?.

Conference panel chair (2009)
Presentation / Conference
Partington, M. (2009, September). Conference panel chair. Presented at Impact 6 Print Conference

Chair of the Applied Arts Panel at the Impact 6 Print Conference organised by the Centre for Fine Print Research at the University of the West of England, Bristol. The speakers were Steve Brown, Cathy Treadway/Charlotte Hodes and Maristela Salvatori... Read More about Conference panel chair.

The London Coffee Bar of the 1950s - teenage occupation of an amateur space? (2009)
Presentation / Conference
Partington, M. (2009, July). The London Coffee Bar of the 1950s - teenage occupation of an amateur space?. Paper presented at Occupation: Negotiations with Constructed Space (Interior Architecture Conference)

London coffee bars of the 1950s quickly became recognized social spaces described in books, magazines and films of the period. This paper critiques the received view of a homogeneous, generic coffee bar ‘type’. By contrast, this paper emphasizes c... Read More about The London Coffee Bar of the 1950s - teenage occupation of an amateur space?.

A blurred photograph of Jesus is better than no photograph at all – the practicalities of using video as an oral history tool (2008)
Presentation / Conference
Partington, M. (2008, September). A blurred photograph of Jesus is better than no photograph at all – the practicalities of using video as an oral history tool. Paper presented at International Oral History Association Conference

This paper deals with the use of video as an oral history tool and the importance of the visual image in understanding visual artists and their work. Oral history grew out of improvements in technology in the mid-twentieth century which allowed us t... Read More about A blurred photograph of Jesus is better than no photograph at all – the practicalities of using video as an oral history tool.