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Visit our final Artist in Residence Open Studios of 2016!

Bethan Lloyd Worthington

Visit our three artists in residence as they open their doors for the last Open Studios of 2016 on Wednesday 14 December! Please see below for exact meeting points at 13.00 sharp for Julian Melchiorri and Noor Ali Chagani. Bethan Lloyd Worthington will open up her studio in the Ceramics Galleries on level 6 between 13.00 […]

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Bethan Lloyd Worthington: V&A Ceramics Resident

Have you seen this cup? It could be anywhere here, really. Bethan Lloyd Worthington, 2015 Porcelain, needlepoint tapestry, wood, dye

    If you were to (somewhat arbitrarily) type ‘landscape’ into the V&A ceramics database, it would return 2088 results. I strongly suspect that this doesn’t pick up many of the more tenuously or conceptually related objects, but it’s an indication of the scale of the subject. Ceramics deals with landscape in so many ways […]

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‘Look up here, I’m in heaven’

'Quietus' at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima), 2012 © Jan Baldwin/Julian Stair.

The opening lines to one of David Bowie’s final songs, ‘Lazarus’, had many thinking that the great musician and performer had written his own epitaph, a public farewell to the world just days before he died. In a world where most pop songs churn out familiar tales of love and heartache, it’s unusual to see […]

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Garnitures: Sets in the City

Five-piece garniture, porcelain, Jingdezhen, China, circa 1695,

Museum displays don’t just happen on their own, they are the collaborative work of many dedicated individuals with very specialized skills. Garnitures : Vase Sets from National Trust Houses has been in the making for almost three years and involved the staff of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Trust. There have been […]

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Garnitures : Discovering the Joy of Sets!

Five-piece garniture, porcelain, Jingdezhen, China, circa 1695,

The idea for the display Garnitures: Vase Sets from National Trust Houses has been brewing in my head for almost two decades. Ceramic scholars describe matching sets of vases as ‘garnitures’, vessels that ornament or adorn (‘garnish’) a specific location, such as a chimney or the top of a cabinet. I was researching the history […]

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Garnitures: Vase Sets From National Trust Houses

Five-piece garniture, porcelain, Jingdezhen, China, circa 1695,

On 11 October 2016, we are opening the first-ever museum display focused on vase sets, also known as garnitures (from Fr. garnir ‘to garnish’). These are primarily ceramic vases with matching decoration designed for display above a chimneypiece, a cabinet and even over doorways. The National Trust has the largest collection of vase sets in […]

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British Ceramics in Bangkok

Fig. 2 Plate with painted decoration and maker’s mark on base, Wedgwood & Co. Ltd., Stoke-on-Trent, © Sau Fong Chan

During a recent study trip to mainland Southeast Asia researching the local textile and ceramic traditions, twice I came across some 19th-century European ceramics in Bangkok. First at the Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum at Bangkok University where I had arranged to view some foreign trade ceramics found in Thailand. To my surprise the Museum holds […]

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London Design Festival: Artist in Residence Installations

Our Artists in Residence have completed their installations for London Design Festival. The London Design Festival is an annual event, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community. The Festival will be held 17-25 September 2016 at the V&A and other venues […]

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London Design Festival 2016: V&A Finnish Institute in London Ceramics Resident Pauliina Pöllänen

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Our artists in residence are getting ready for London Design Festival at the V&A and throughout London. The London Design Festival is an annual event, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community. The Festival will be held 17-25 September 2016. […]

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When all is equal

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Ceramics Resident: Matt Smith October 2015 – end of March 2016 In the ceramics galleries there are a series of ceramics plinths which caught my eye.  Bases often form part of ceramic figure groups, usually as a core part of the object.  To see stand-alone ceramic plinths is less common. Public sculptures often use plinths […]

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