The athletics has begun! And so this piece by Jitka Palmer seemed quite appropriate. (Image: Running, earthenware & slips, 35cm diameter)

The athletics has begun! And so this piece by Jitka Palmer seemed quite appropriate. (Image: Running, earthenware & slips, 35cm diameter)

Paul Cummins' English Flower Garden is a celebration of the quintessential British love of flowers. As part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the series features 6 installations with a total of 15,000 individually hand-thrown ceramic blooms mounted on metal rods.    Paul Cummins' blooms are carefully displayed, an open and accessible way of viewing contemporary ceramic art. Each bloom has been selected on the basis of its historic relationship with each location.

Paul Cummins' English Flower Garden is a celebration of the quintessential British love of flowers. As part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the series features 6 installations with a total of 15,000 individually hand-thrown ceramic blooms mounted on metal rods. Paul Cummins' blooms are carefully displayed, an open and accessible way of viewing contemporary ceramic art. Each bloom has been selected on the basis of its historic relationship with each location.

The Crafts Council are showcasing 21 pieces of contemporary craft at the British Business Embassy for the duration of the Olympics. Visit Lancaster House to see a variety of materials and techniques, including work by ceramists James and Tilla Waters. (Image: David Clarke)

The Crafts Council are showcasing 21 pieces of contemporary craft at the British Business Embassy for the duration of the Olympics. Visit Lancaster House to see a variety of materials and techniques, including work by ceramists James and Tilla Waters. (Image: David Clarke)

These lovely and rather apt sporting beakers by Helen Beard have just arrived upstairs at Contemporary Ceramics!

These lovely and rather apt sporting beakers by Helen Beard have just arrived upstairs at Contemporary Ceramics!

Great series of 'Lunchtime With...' talks at the Criterion Theatre, London. Featuring well known comedians/actors paired with Olympic athletes. More exciting than a quick sandwich and walk around the block, right? Click the link for further details and to buy tickets.

Great series of 'Lunchtime With...' talks at the Criterion Theatre, London. Featuring well known comedians/actors paired with Olympic athletes. More exciting than a quick sandwich and walk around the block, right? Click the link for further details and to buy tickets.

Team GB's Olympic stamps! Image: Alex Gregory, Tom James, Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs-Hodge

Team GB's Olympic stamps! Image: Alex Gregory, Tom James, Pete Reed and Andrew Triggs-Hodge

Winner of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Martin Linson, pays tribute to the Paralympic athletes (Image: Omnipotent Triumph 2, Martin Linson, bronze)

Winner of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Martin Linson, pays tribute to the Paralympic athletes (Image: Omnipotent Triumph 2, Martin Linson, bronze)

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