• 8 February 2019
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Light lunch provided, free booking essential.
  • Seminar Room , Paul Mellon Centre

William De Morgan is best remembered today as a ceramic designer who moved in the Victorian Arts and Crafts circles, counting William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones amongst his close friends. His design influences ranged from the medieval art hailed by Pugin and Morris as the pinnacle of all design practise, to the undulating curves and repeat patterns of Islamic design, but at the centre of each unique De Morgan Design is a geometric basis. He expertly used simple tools - symmetry, ratio, shape - to arrange his flora and fauna to ensure the beautiful arrangements and striking patterns.

In this talk, Sarah Hardy, the Foundation’s Curator and curator of the touring exhibition on this theme which will re-open at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery in Bournemouth in June 2019, will explore William De Morgan’s early fascination with mathematics and his lifelong love of the art.

About the speaker

  • Sarah studied Art History at Durham University before obtaining her masters degree in the subject at the University of Manchester. Sarah is a Victorian Arts & Crafts specialist, having researched and written widely on the subject, including William Morris’s revival of embroidery, William Blake’s influence on the Pre-Raphaelites, Bookbinding and the Kelmscott Press and, most recently, William De Morgan's use of mathematics in his ceramic designs, for the De Morgan Foundation’s successful touring exhibition, Sublime Symmetry. Sarah began her museum career in the education department at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, before working on interpretation at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, Lady Lever Art Gallery, and Two Temple Place. Sarah then worked extensively on loans and exhibitions at the National Gallery and the British Library, where she completed the Institute of Art and Law Diploma on Law and Collections Management, before joining the De Morgan Foundation in 2018. Sarah is Curator-Manager of the De Morgan Foundation.