This study day, which took place on Monday 18 June 2018, was organised in partnership with Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) and The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. It concluded the display of the exhibition Things of Beauty Growing: British studio pottery, which had been presented at both institutions.

This study day featured a keynote address from independent crafts expert and writer Tanya Harrod. Delegates also heard from the three original curators of the exhibition: Simon Olding (Director of the Crafts Study Centre, Farnham) and Martina Droth (Deputy Director of Research, Exhibitions and Publications, and Curator of Sculpture at YCBA) who spoke about the origins of the exhibition and its display at YCBA, where the exhibition was first shown, and Glenn Adamson (Senior Research Scholar at YCBA) who analysed the differences in the reception of the exhibition in the UK and USA, and discussed the future of British studio pottery. Helen Ritchie, in-house curator of the exhibition at the Fitzwilliam, spoke about decisions made regarding the design of the exhibition at the Fitzwilliam, and artists included in the exhibition, Alison Britton and Halima Cassell were ‘in conversation’.

Tanya Harrod

Martina Droth

Simon Olding

Helen Ritchie

Curators Q&A

Hamila Cassell & Alison Britton

Glenn Adamson