Peter Ind - Ceramic Restorer
The Peter Ind Ceramic Collection – An Artist’s eye
Production/ Design/ Conservation/ Repair
Peter Ind – more well known as the international Jazz Bass player and artist - has also built up an impressive research collection of ceramics with his wife Sue Jones.
His concern was the art , design and practical skills involved
It is a wide ranging variety of ceramics
It includes a mixture of Chinese wares
Blue and White China
A collection of eighty 19th Century Teapots
100 Meat platters
The focus is on ceramic production, illustrating techniques and designs
As an artist he, like other painters, has a very particular interest in ceramics
While many artists have been interested in the exotic aspects of blue and white china, they were also interested in the different Asian styles of painting represented in them.
He has built up an extensive research collection of ceramics for artisans
But Peter’s interest was also in the incredible range of ceramic styles, patterns and designs available
Since so much had been created for the UK market and then copied in mass amounts by English ceramic manufacturers it was always possible to purchase examples cheaply at secondhand markets
In contrast to most ceramic collectors, he was not purchasing ceramics for their investment value in auction houses
In fact in contrast he would buy examples of cracked or damaged ceramics that he felt still had incredible value as examples of manufacturing and art
He has built up a research collection focused on the making of ceramics and their decoration
Also a research reference library about ceramics that he and Sue are still adding to
He had always had ceramics in his life. As a child his parents used a special pattern the phoenix which he loved and still has as tableware.
His own collection began when he returned from America to live again in the UK
By the 1990s the collection was recognised
It was the subject of the Observer feature – “A room of my own”
It was also sufficient for a young Lars Tharp – renowned now as a leading expert in the field of Chinese ceramics – to come and make an assessment of the collection for one of the leading Auction Houses in London
When Peter bought and opened the Bass Clef club in Hoxton, central London he was going around many second-hand boot sales.
By 1984 when Peter and Sue met, while she was not such an avid collector, they both had an interest in ceramics; they both had some of the same Ceramics reference books.
Sue added to this collection
She introduced Chinese pots, furniture and bound feet shoes to the collection from when she worked in China in 1987 and when she lived in Hong Kong in the early 90s.
They would often go down to Brick Lane and Portobello Road, in their antique market heyday, at dawn on Sunday mornings after the Bass Clef club closed.