Ceramics - Episode One: A Fragile History
First broadcast: BBC Four 10 October 2011
Ceramics are some of the most beautiful and treasured objects taking pride of place in British palaces, churches, stately houses and even family homes. Whether for celebrating birth, marriage and death, eating and drinking, or showing social status, ceramics reveal much about our taste and habits as a nation. They become, in effect, snapshots in clay.
This first programme in the opening series looks at the history of domestic pottery in Britain from the Tudor period onwards. It traces the evolution of different techniques and styles involved in the art of pottery and examining in intimate detail what British pots can tell us about how generations before us lived and how they saw themselves.
Examining key figures, including 17th-century potters John Dwight and Thomas Toft as well as contemporary traditional potters such as Mary Wondrausch, and drawing on the expertise and comments of contributors including, David Attenborough, Edmund de Waal and Grayson Perry, this programme celebrates one of our oldest and most fundamental art forms.
Click on a selection of objects featured in the programme to view more details