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Ceramics Archives - English Ceramic Circle


Our latest ECC Zoom Lecture has been added to the videos page – we heard a fascinating lecture from Merry Abbitt Outlaw & Bly Straube entitled ‘A Life in Sherds: The sophisticated ceramic world of 17th-C Virginia rebel Sarah Drummond.’

Members can watch it here.

After the success of our inaugural Research Grants Programme in 2021-22, the ECC is delighted to announce that it will be offering up 3 grants of £1000 each for new research dedicated to the study of British ceramics for 2023-24.

For more information and details on how to apply, see the Grants page on the website

This year’s study visit took place on 22nd and 23rd May 2023 in Leeds and County Durham, spending the first day at Temple Newsam and the second at The Bowes Museum.

At Temple Newsam we had the pleasure of studying and handling the exceptional collection of wares associated with the Leeds Pottery, with expert commentary from Curator Adam Toole and Assistant Curator Caroline Newton. We also has an excellent guided tour of the property, delving into the social history of the building as owned by the Ingrams and latterly, Leeds City Council, who turned it into an important decorative arts museum.

The Bowes Museum was spent looking and handling the Lady Ludlow collection of English Porcelain, one of the finest collections of its type, formed by Lady Alice Wernher/Ludlow through the dealer Albert Amor. Dr Howard Coutts, Curator of Ceramics provided a stimulating and in-depth background to the formation and shape of this collection whilst singling out some exceptional pieces – and some problematic ones – for us to inspect up-close.

The north-eastern weather was kind and the sun shone for the entirety of the fantastic two days. Excellent weather, scenery, company and ceramics made for a very happy group of ECC members!