Events

Public Lecture Course:
Ceramics in Britain, 1750 to now

These 30-minute lectures delivered by experts in the field will explore five key influential developments in the history of British ceramics since the mid-18th century, examining the multiple ways in which innovators, entrepreneurs, and artists have reinvigorated the field.    

Lectures will be released weekly from 5 November to 3 December 2020.  

Pots with Attitude: British Satire on Ceramics 1750–1820

Recommended reading and resources: 

Danielle Thom, ‘’Sawney’s Defence’: Anti-Catholicism, Consumption and Performance in 18th-Century Britain’, V&A Online Journal, Issue No. 7, Summer 2015. http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/journals/research-journal/issue-no.-7-autumn-2015/sawneys-defence-anti-catholicism,-consumption-and-performance-in-18th-century-britain/

Learn more about transferware and British pottery at the Transferware Collectors Club and the Northern Ceramic Society.

 

Josiah Wedgewood Experimentation and Innovation

Recommended readings and resources: 

View the Portland Vase online at the British Museum.

Wikipedia. ‘Glossary of pottery terms.’ Last modified 21 September 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_pottery_terms

Wikipedia. ‘Josiah Wedgewood.’ Last modified 27 September 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josiah_Wedgwood

Learn more about the origins and history of the Lunar Society at The Lunar Society.

 

'Blue and White' in Nineteenth-Century Britain and Beyond

Recommended readings and resources: 

Printed British Pottery & Porcelain 1750-1900: A Remarkable Story. Transferware Collectors Club and the Northern Ceramic Society. http://printedbritishpotteryandporcelain.com/

View highlights from the exhibition, Filthy Lucre: Whistler’s Peacock Room Reimagined online at the V&A.

 

‘Beyond East and West’: the founding of British Studio ceramics

Recommended readings and resources: 

Wikipedia. ‘Bernard Leach’. Last modified 26 October 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Leach

Wikipedia. ‘Shoji Hamada’. Last modified 12 July 2020. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sh%C5%8Dji_Hamada

Isabella Smith, ‘Wheel of fortune – the life and achievements of Bernard Leach’, Apollo Magazine, 18 July 2020. https://www.apollo-magazine.com/bernard-leach-centenary/

Find out more about the Leach Pottery.