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.,-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 Wedgwood 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.

Wikipedia. ‘Josiah Wedgwood.’ Last modified 27 September 2020.

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.

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.

Wikipedia. ‘Shoji Hamada’. Last modified 12 July 2020.

Isabella Smith, ‘Wheel of fortune – the life and achievements of Bernard Leach’, Apollo Magazine, 18 July 2020.

Find out more about the Leach Pottery.

Obsolescence and Renewal: Reimagining North Staffordshire’s Ceramic Heritage

Recommended readings and resources:

BBC: Stoke and Staffordshire. ‘Wedgwood in Indonesia’. BBC. 24 September 2014.

BBC News. ‘Up to 1,000 ceramics jobs axed’. BBC. 13 February 2002.