Dorian Sands

Melbourne born Tom Percy Sanders (1924-2008) returned to Melbourne in 1949 and by the end of that year his ceramic wares were selling through Georges Department Store under the name ‘Dorian Sands’.


He continued to build his skills as a thrower and decorator at the Hoffmann pottery in East Brunswick, at the Arthur Merric Boyd Pottery in Murrumbeena, and with John Perceval. His early ceramic work is signed ‘Dorian Sands’.

Riverine Herald (Echuca, Vic. : Moama, NSW ) Saturday 4 November 1950, page 2
Riverine Herald (Echuca, Vic. : Moama, NSW ) Saturday 4 November 1950, page 2

He set up his own studio with his wife Elizabeth in Eltham in 1954. His ceramic work from 1954 is signed ‘Tom Sanders Eltham’. In 1956, he started work on the first of a series of ceramic murals with Lawrence Daws. In 1959, he and his family left for London and spent three years in Europe, where he made a series of sculptures. Work made in London is incised ‘T.P. Sanders, LONDON’.

Back in Australia, in 1964, he abandoned pottery to concentrate on mural work. In 1967, he worked with the painters John Olsen, Fred Williams and Jan Senbergs on a series of decorative plates. From 1971-80, he was forced to give up pottery due to illness and turned his attention to the design of tapestries. For a short time from 1980-83, he returned to pottery. Work made from 1961 onwards is signed ‘T.P. Sanders’ or ‘Tom Sanders’.

Tom Percy Sanders trained as a sculptor at East Sydney Technical College from 1947-49, after serving in the war. While in Sydney, he worked as a decorator for fellow student Guy Boyd, in what was to become the Martin Boyd Pottery. For a short time he also joined David and Hermia Boyd in the studio they had set up in Paddington to make ‘Hermia ware’.

‘Dorian Sands’

How to tie the Ascot

The Ascot was popularized in England, by the Prince of Wales in 1888.

The French had named it Plastron in 1882. By the end of the 19th century, it was considered the most exclusive form of neckwear for formal morning dress.

How to Wear an Ascot

Traditionally plain and black or striped, it is worn on the outside of a detachable collar, tied and eventually decorated with a stick pin.


While it was worn originally with a closed stiff collar, young men would wear open stiff collars and eventually flap collars and even turndown collars with an ascot.

In 1926, the Chelsea Flower show became a perfect exhibit of how influential the royals were upon the fashion of the day. George V for the first time wore a morning coat without spats. As a consequence, many of the men shed their spats on the spot, leaving the surrounding bushes full of the discarded accessory.

Sophisticated original music

David Dower & Matt Fisher create original, vibrant music with piano, percussion, strings and vocals.

Their music is rhythmic, sensitive, engaging, accessible, and fun. Their new album, “The Frog, the Fish, and the Whale”, recorded at Porcupine Studios in London, is available now. Physical copy follow PayPal link:

Digital copy available from CD Baby or iTunes

David Dower (piano) and Matt Fisher (percussion) performing David’s compositions “The Frog, the Fish and the Whale” live at St Paul’s Grove Park, London, October 2105.

Matt Fisher and David Dower
Matt Fisher and David Dower

Eat the Rich

O’Rourke combines a soupcon of Swift’s A Modest Proposal and Keynsian garnish in an effort to find out why some places are “prosperous and thriving”.

P. J. O’Rourke attended Johns Hopkins. He began writing funny things in 1960s “underground” newspapers. He is a contributing editor at The Weekly Standard, H. L. Mencken fellow at the Cato Institute, and a member of the editorial board of World Affairs.

Orrefors glasses

Rhapsody-Clear by Orrefors

Plain Bowl & Stem, Clear: 1960 – 1995

Height: 125 mm or 5 inches, set of six available.

In the Swedish village Orrefors in Småland, Orrefors glassworks manufacture high quality crystal glassware and art glass.

Founded in 1898, the Orrefors glassworks started to produce drinking glasses in 1913. Orrefors hired the brothers Eugen and Knut Bergkvist, who had worked at Kosta Boda, as well as Fritz Blomqvist and Heinrich Wollman. Wollman originated from Bohemia, which had a long tradition in glassmaking. A major influence was the Art Nouveau work of the French artist Émile Gallé. The clean lines of brilliant crystal of their designs was greatly admired at the Paris Exhibition of 1925.

Maison Caulières

The monarch celebrated her milestone birthday in April and it has been revealed that one of her favourite presents was the £50 beauty product from Fortnum & Mason which her husband bought. She loved the Maison Caulieres extra virgin sunflower, rapeseed and linseed oils product so much that the Queen has requested a bottle is sent to Buckingham Palace every two weeks, according to the Mail on Sunday.

A luxurious blend of extra virgin oils to soften and protect the skin.

Maison Caulières is a 250 year old family business, nurturing sunflower, rapeseed and linseed oil for their medicinal properties for centuries. These extra virgin cold pressed oils nourish, protect and help regenerate the skin.

The orange range of Maison Caulières products are inspired by the summer, and reveal a sensual floral of fleur de genet. Use small amounts in the morning or evening, massaging lightly over the body until it is absorbed.

At Desforges de Caulières estate, mainly sunflower, rapeseed and linseed are grown, which were used in the past for family care because of the medicinal properties. Due to their high concentration in essential fatty acids, the Desforges de Caulières oils have beneficial properties for the health as well as for the skin.


Furniture polish

Enhance the natural beauty and depth of grain in finished and unfinished wood with an unique blend of soft beeswax, hard carnauba wax and pure orange oil.

Maintain and enhance the beauty of furniture with Howard Feed-N-Wax with Orange Oil.
  • Prevent drying and deterioration of all wood finishes.
  • Polish all wood surfaces to a soft luster and protect with a coating of natural waxes.
  • Use to maintain the restored finish after using Restor-A-Finish.

Prevent Drying and Cracking

Use Howard Feed-N-Wax to prevent drying and cracking while preserving the wood finish. Feed-N-Wax is a special blend of beeswax, carnauba wax, and orange oil. It enhances the natural beauty and depth of grain in finished and unfinished wood.

Maintain the Natural Beauty

Use Feed-N-Wax every couple of months to maintain the natural beauty of your wood finish. Polish all wood surfaces to a soft lustre while leaving a protective coating of beeswax and carnauba wax.


Feed-N-Wax works best when you leave it on for about twenty minutes before buffing off.

Howard Products recommends that you use Feed-N-Wax to enhance natural beauty & depth of grain in finished & unfinished wood. Contains Beeswax, Carnauba wax and orange oil.

Silver polish

The Choice of Silversmiths for over 90 Years

  • Cleans and polishes all silver, silver plating, appliances and chrome fittings.
  • Special Pine-Ola blend retards tarnish and keeps silver bright.
  • Quickly cleans and polishes without using acids or harsh abrasives.

Howard Products shows you how to remove tarnish from silver surfaces. You can clean and polish most metal surfaces with Pine-Ola Silver Polish.


Before you go to the extreme of stripping it, try restoring.

  • Eliminates white heat rings and water marks
  • Blends out scratches and blemishes
  • Restores colour and lustre to faded finishes
  • Will NOT dissolve existing finish

Most finished wood surfaces that seem to need complete refinishing can be restored in a few minutes
with a simple wipe-on, wipe-off process. White heat rings, and water marks, sun fade, smoke damage and most other blemishes can be quickly eliminated.

How does it work?

Restor-A-Finish is a unique finish-penetrating formula that restores the original colour and lustre to your finish while blending out the blemishes and minor scratches. Restor-A-Finish cleans the surface and restores the finish in one step – without removing any of the existing finish.

Restore It – Don’t Strip It!

With a simple wipe-on, wipe-off process, most finished wood surfaces that seem to need a refinishing job can be completely restored in a few minutes. White heat rings and water marks, sun fade, oxidation, smoke damage, and most other blemishes can be quickly eliminated. Before you go to the extreme of stripping it, try restoring it!

Treat Scratches, Nicks, and Abrasions

Restor-A-Finish works best when applied with a small pad of towelling, or for severe white rings and crazing, with Super Fine (0000) steel wool. DO NOT pour directly on the finish. When using steel wool, always rub with the grain of the wood. First, determine the pressure you should use on an inconspicuous spot, as the hardness of finishes vary.

White Heat Rings and Water and Smoke Damage

Apply Restor-A-Finish (see above) with steel wool and rub hard enough with the grain of the wood to blend out the white effect. If high gloss finish should appear dull due to the use of steel wool, polish it out with Howard Restor-A-Shine polishing compound.

Revive Wood Finishes

Wipe on the appropriate colour of Restor-A-Finish with a clean cloth. Let it stand for a few minutes then wipe dry. If you desire a darker shade, simply apply a darker colour of Restor-A-Finish.

Raised and Blistered Finishes

Apply Neutral Restor-A-Finish (to prevent darkening of wood beyond temporary “wet effect”) with steel wool. As blisters soften press down while the Restor-A-Finish is applied. Wipe dry, and again later if the surface “blooms” with excess Restor-A-Finish.

Restore Minor Crazed or Checked Finishes

Apply Restor-A-Finish with Medium Grade (00) steel wool. Rub hard enough to smooth out the finish, periodically checking your progress. Checked or crazed surfaces may absorb an excess of Restor-A-Finish and “bloom out” requiring another wiping later.

Treat Carved Wood

Restor-A-Finish has saved many hours of labour by chemically cleaning and restoring the finish on carved portions of furniture and clocks. Simply apply Restor-A-Finish with a small paint brush or soft tooth brush and wipe off.


Be careful to protect fabric, carpets, and linoleum when applying Restor-A-Finish. It may leave a permanent stain. If spilling occurs, immediately scrub areas with straight liquid detergent or stain remover and wipe dry. Be sure to cover a small area at a time when applying Restor-A-Finish. Always wipe dry. DO NOT apply Restor-A-Finish to the new imitation wood finishes or use it under polyurethane finishes as a stain!