British Competition Celebrates the Role of Crafts

A deteriorating fountain made of clay wins a craft prize newly created by the BBC, the Crafts Council and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

LONDON — A detailed fountain that recalls the rococo abundance of 17th century Dutch flower paintings is on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum here. Inspired by a restored 18th century Meissen fountain, also at the museum, the creation’s oversized tangle of stems and assorted blooms took its artist, Phoebe Cummings, five weeks to create.The sculpture, “Triumph of the Immaterial,” was not made for permanent display however. Created in raw clay, it has been drying and when the fountain w...