Hoxton ceramicist Matthew Raw takes tiles to museum on a barge in tribute to Wedgwood

Matthew Raw transporting ceramics by barge for his show Raw at the Ragged School Museum. Photo: Mari

Matthew Raw transporting ceramics by barge for his show Raw at the Ragged School Museum. Photo: Marina Castagna - Credit: MARINA CASTAGNA

A ceramicist made a two and a half hour voyage down the Regent’s Canal to deliver his tiles to a museum, in a nod to Britain’s father of industrial ceramics, Josiah Wedgwood.

Matthew Raw transporting ceramics by barge for his show Raw at the Ragged School Museum. Photo: Mari

Matthew Raw transporting ceramics by barge for his show Raw at the Ragged School Museum. Photo: Marina Castagna - Credit: MARINA CASTAGNA

The English potter and entrepreneur was instrumental in the development of Britain’s canals, because they were the safest means of transporting his pottery.

Matthew Raw who travelled from his Hoxton studio to the Ragged School Museum where he is holding an exhibition called Clad, said: “I had my tiled piece ‘Create A Scene (GOB)’ on top of the barge, which only cleared some of the bridges by 10cm.

“That was a bit hairy, but thankfully Man who owns the barge is an experienced hand and he got me and the work there in one piece.

“Travelling down the Regent’s Canal on a barge rather than walking or cycling completely changes the experience. Instead of looking solely ahead, you can relax and view things either side as you glide along.”

Matthew Raw transporting ceramics by barge for his show Raw at the Ragged School Museum. Photo: Mari

Matthew Raw transporting ceramics by barge for his show Raw at the Ragged School Museum. Photo: Marina Castagna - Credit: MARINA CASTAGNA


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