Saturday 21 November 2020
Robin Emmerson: London in the 1860s and the Origins of Art Pottery
Art Pottery as a distinct category began in London around 1870. Although it can be seen as an offshoot of the earlier category of Art Manufactures, there are more specific reasons why it took off when it did. These relate to a new style of fashionable living within commutable reach of the capital, and the need for decorative objects that would suit such interiors.
Paul Atterbury: Building Britain’s Canals and Railways: the Potters’ Response
The canal network, created between the 1760s and the 1820s, had an enormous economic and social impact upon Britain, and made possible the Industrial Revolution. Yet the canal age was relatively brief, being rapidly overtaken by the start of the railways, which were to represent an even greater revolution. It is, therefore, strange that these great events prompted a rather muted response from potters, normally keen to commemorate every kind of social, political and economic change. This paper considers this phenomenon and tries to make sense of it.