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Barlaston shape teapot and cover in 'Summer Sky' pattern, 1955;

Art Fund appeal: Save the Wedgewood Collection

  The Art Fund are currently running an appeal to save the Wedgewood Collection from being separated and sold off. They have until the 30 November to raise the £15.75 m needed to ensure that one of the most significant industrial archives, consisting of over 80,000 objects and spanning over 250 years of history, remains […]

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Aiko Takamori vase

Out On Display #4: Akio Takamori and ‘Queer Objects’

Vase Akio Takamori USA, glazed stoneware, 1985 C.59-1986 On display in room 142   The contemporary Japanese-American ceramicist Akio Takamori creates pieces which draw upon traditional Japanese forms to represent the human body in a variety of whimsical and unsettling positions. This vase, in the shape of a flattened oval, represents two nude women embracing […]

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London Design Festival at the V&A

Halfway through the Festival week, I finally have time to sit down at my computer to write this post. The London Design Festival is the main focus of my job – I work on everything from the installations and displays to the huge events programme, press, parties, and everything in between. The London Design Festival […]

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Satirical print, seven men standing in front of the window of Darly's print shop looking at his caricature publications in the window. 14 July 1772 Etching

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Back to School

Continuing preparation for the forthcoming V&A display Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics I went back to school last week, well a ceramics summer school at Ellesmere College in Shropshire. The Northern Ceramic Society generously sponsored a bursary for me to attend as this year the programme was particularly relevant; ‘The Curious Art': Printing on […]

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© James Rigler

Sneak Peek at James Rigler’s LDF Display

It’s almost time for our Artists in Residence to begin installing their displays for London Design Festival and we have a familiar face reutrning who has offered us this intriguing sneak preview. James Rigler, a previous Ceramics Resident, is installing mysterious looking objects inside of the cast of Trajan’s Column in the Cast Courts. What needs […]

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© Nao Matsunaga.

Sneak Peek at Nao’s LDF Display

With London Design Festival just around the corner our Artists in Residence have been busy creating their displays. While they have been keeping things quite secretive I managed to get a few sneaky photos of what Nao Mastunaga, our Ceramics Resident, has been working on. Can you figure out what he has made? How big […]

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'After Willow' designed by Robert Dawson for Wedgwood, 2005 (V&A C.300-2009) Given by Josiah Wedgwood and Sons

Beyond Willow

One of the themes of the V&A display Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics explores the ‘Willow’ pattern, one of the most famous British ceramic designs. The scene of a temple with bridge, boat and willow tree was inspired by images found on Chinese ceramics, but was the creation of British manufacturers in the late-18th century. […]

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706-1890, gilt leather altar frontal showing SS. Roch (L) and Sebastian (R), © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

St. Roch

Many saints’ lives are dull affairs full of praying and fasting, proselytising and general do-gooding. St. Roch’s vita has all of these elements plus a good amount of gruesomeness, mysticism, and a faithful animal friend. Born near Montpellier around 1295, his chest was miraculously marked from birth with the sign of the cross. The infant […]

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Quite a long reading list to get through!  © Victoria and Albert Museum

Lost in a good book

One of the best resources at the V&A is the National Art Library, a major public reference library for the fine and decorative arts. The library collections are also spread across the Museum’s departments and I am fortunate to have access to a wealth of relevant texts in the Ceramics Section Library relating to the […]

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In the stores  © Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent

Always be prepared

With just under seven months until the Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics display opens preparation is fully underway. Research began in 2013 with visits to the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, the Wedgwood Museum and the Spode Museum Trust in Stoke-on-Trent to explore their collections of blue and white. Working with the curators Miranda […]

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