Caiger-Smith, Alan (29 of 41) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts' Lives

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  • Recording date

    2004-09-15, 2004-09-20, 2004-11-15, 2004-11-23 2005-01-28

  • Recording locations

    interviewee's home, Aldermarston

  • Interviewees

    Caiger-Smith, Alan, 1930- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Hughes, Hawksmoor (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 29: Description of AMCS’s ability at perspective drawing continued. Mentions Nick Caiger-Smith’s [NCS] birth within a year of their marriage, AMCS gave up work. Story about buying a house in Homer Street, Paddington and not liking the atmosphere of the neighbouring house. Description of renovating the house. Remarks that AMCS supported ACS financially until son was born. Remarks on ACS commuting to Aldermaston, mentions having a studio in London. Story about AMCS telling ACS she was pregnant during a Russian Easter service and not being able to have the baby at hospital as he was not planned. Description of NCS’s difficult birth at home. Remarks on ACS present at all his children’s home births and his delight at becoming a father. Story about thinking about death at the time of birth. Story about getting coal from railway sidings and burning the afterbirth. AMCS breast fed her children. Description of Martin Caiger-Smith’s birth, story about naming him after sand martins. Comments on his children’s names making sense in Swedish. Remarks on AMCS’s ability to look after the children and re-furbish houses. Comments on having no doubt that the pottery would succeed. Story about ICI taking photographs of dying crafts for their calendar. Remarks on not feeling a part of the crafts scene and that brushwork and colour thought immoral by some in the pottery movement. Comments on feeling outside of the mainstream.

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