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Zoom Meetings

Although ECC physical meetings have had to be suspended due to the Corona Virus, we have a programme of talks that can be viewed over the internet using the Zoom video-conferencing system.

This system enables ECC members, with a computer (or a mobile) and Internet access, to listen to an ECC lecture, view the slides, and ask the speaker questions.

Zoom links for each talk will be circulated by email to ECC members about 5 to 7 days before each talk.

If we do not have an email address for a member we cannot send them Zoom invitations.

If this is your case, please send your email address to the Membership Secretary; [email protected] and you will then receive an invitation to each talk by email around 5 to 7 days before the talk.

Zoom meetings programme is as follows:

ECC Members Meetings 2021

Saturday member meetings focus on new research which is generally published in the Circle’s Transactions.
Given the continuing Covid-19 situation, we have decided to host meetings in the first half of 2021 exclusively on Zoom. These meetings will start at 4pm UK time – and we will circulate the link to members about 5 days before the meeting. We will, subject to the speaker’s consent, record these presentations and add them to the members only section of the ECC website:

.23rd January 2021 (Zoom)

Isleworth raw materials – evidence from the Isleworth and Hounslow potteries
Ray Howard and J Victor Owen


Tin, the answer? Revisiting Isleworth, possibly Isleworth and Bow Porcelains
Ray Howard


20th March 2021 (Zoom)

Annual General Meeting

Alice Teichtner: from Vienna to Denby
Oliver Towers

 17th April 2021 (Zoom) NOTE – Start time moved to 6pm GMT to allow members to observe the televised funeral of HRH Prince Phillip

“The most lovely of all ceramics’”: creamware sketches by Donald Towner at Temple Newsam, Leeds
Dr Rachel Conroy


The source of some Sadler printed tiles
Roger Massey

Saturday members meetings from 27th November 2021 are scheduled at the Foundling Museum, 40, Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1AZ. These meetings start at 2pm. We will replace with Zoom events if a physical meeting is impossible.  We will, subject to the speaker’s consent, broadcast these live on Zoom for members unable to get to the meeting in London.  We will record and add to the ECC website wherever possible:


27th November 2021

‘Sevres-mania’ – Collecting and creating ‘old’ Sevres porcelain in Britain in the 19th Century
Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth


PUNCH-UP! – with Hogarth and Friends
Lars Tharp


11th December 2021


The second Duchess of Portland’s China Collection
Felicity Marno


New aspects of Caughley Porcelain
Gaye Blake-Roberts

The ECC reserves the right to amend the programme should circumstances change.  Any papers previously scheduled for 2021 will be rescheduled as part of the 2022 programme.



Study days – Booking Required

The ECC is hosting two study days in London in the second half of 2021.  Full details and booking arrangements will be published in the March 2021 newsletter and website, but please add these dates to your diary now to avoid disappointment. Both meetings will start around 10am and finish by 5pm.

30th September 2021 – Thomas Baxter, Father and Son, to be held at the V&A in Knightsbridge, London SW7. This seminar marks the 200th anniversary of Thomas Baxter Jnr’s death on 18th April 1821.  Confirmed speakers include John Sandon, Charles Dawson, Roger Edmundson, Andrew Renton, Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth/Florence Tyler and Jonathan Gray.  

16th October 2021 – London Stoneware covering five centuries of production, to be held at the Museum of London’s Archaeological Archive in Hoxton, London N1.  Confirmed speakers include Jacqui Pearce, Chris Green, Phil Mernick, Robin Emmerson, Alex Warner; and Jonathan Gray.

Meetings will be recorded but not zoomed live.  There will be a gap between the study day and the videos being made available on the member’s section of the ECC website. Due to COVID museums are currently closed therefore study day dates/venues remain subject to possible change.

Open Zoom Meetings

The ECC was the first ceramic group to embrace Zoom to broadcast to a global audience and we are delighted to continue this range of exciting open meetings, which take place at 6pm on various Thursday’s most months.

We advertise these talks to ECC members and over 20 other ceramic groups.  If you want to keep up to date from us and you are not already a member, then please join using the form overleaf (or online through our website) and/or follow the English Ceramic Circle on Social Media (Facebook and Instagram).

The programme of papers for 2021 is listed below:

11th February
Parish Scavenger’s Tale
Jacqui Pearce

25th February
Thompson’s The Seasons and material culture
Sandro Jung

11th March
John Bennett, the Englishman who inspired the American Art Pottery Movement
Jill Fenichell

29th April
West Pans, including William Littler and his porcelain
George Haggarty

27th May
The Flights and the Barrs, two remarkable families
Charles Dawson

17th June
A Bristol figure in the Schreiber Collection
Roger Massey

29th July
On the road hunting ceramics on the Antiques Road Trip
Charles Hanson

30th September
Josiah Wedgwood’s associations with Liverpool
Gaye Blake-Roberts

28th October
Tortoise-shell ware made in Boston: A re-examination of the Benjamin Leigh and John Allman partnership
Angelika Kuettner

25th November
William De Morgan: a life of lustre
Sarah Hardy

16th December
Dutch ceramic treats – archaeological evidence of the Dutch trade with 17th-Century Chesapeake
Bly Straube