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Events - English Ceramic Circle

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ECC Meeting Dates for 2019 and 2020

The meetings below are at 2 pm at Kensington Central Library Theatre, 12 Phillimore Walk, London W8 7RX, unless otherwise stated.

Meeting: 4th October 2019, 10.30 am at the Museum of Royal Worcester, Severn St, Worcester WR1 2ND

The day is free for members. The lectures are as follows:  Limehouse, Bristol and Worcester – fact and fiction – Ray Jones, The first decade of Worcester Porcelain, a collectors view – Peter White , Dazzling Splendour – the decoration of the Giles atelier – Paul Crane, New Findings on Flight and Barr – Charles Dawson, Great figures who modelled Worcester figures: W B Kirk, James Hadley, Freda Doughty and Doris Lindner – John Sandon

BOOKING IS REQUIRED AS NUMBERS ARE LIMITED.  Return the form in the April 2019 Newsletter to reserve a place.

31 October 2019

Shirley Mueller: on Why Collectors Collect (see her book details below) at Bonhams in Knightsbridge at 6 pm

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Felicity Marno: Regimental ceramics at the National Army Museum

Rebecca Klarmer: Therese Lessore and Wedgwood – ceramics as a canvas

Saturday, 14 December 2019

Patricia Halfpenny: Useful Thomas and Ralph Wedgwood – beginning a new appreciation

Rebecca Wallis: English ceramics at Hinton Ampner.

Saturday 11 January 2020

Jacqui Pearce: The Consul’s China: early 19th-century excavated assemblage from America Square, London
Excavations in 1987 uncovered a very large assemblage of ceramics and other finds from the cellar of a former house in America Square, including a particularly rich collection of English and Chinese porcelain, which can be associated with the occupancy of the one-time Danish Consul, Georg Wolff.

Peter White: Ceramic cream skimmers
The shape, usage and ceramic examples of cream skimmers from circa 1700

George Haggarty: Scottish Ceramics in the West Coast
Apart from Delftfield, little is known about the Potteries of Glasgow and the Clyde, an area which was to become an important part of Britain’s ceramic export trade.

Saturday 15 February 2020

Visit to Salisbury Museum
Morning session: handling session – booking required (see below for more details).
Afternoon session:
Rosemary Pemberton: Contributions towards the History of J E Nightingale: Ceramic Author and Collector of Salisbury
Clare Durham: From Salisbury With Love
Michael Jeffery: Martin Brothers – The Potters, Patrons and Purchasers of the last 150 Years

Saturday 14 March 2020

Nigel T Cooke, Kate Cadman & Timothy Peters: The Richard Cobden Service
An extensive Coalport Breakfast, Dinner and Dessert Service commissioned by Abraham Darby 1V to celebrate the launch of his iron braque clipper: ‘ The Richard Cobden ‘ in 1844.

Diana Edwards: A Royal Service by David Wilson?
A grand dinner and dessert service made by David Wilson, being one of the earliest marks of a crown over an impressed G, has been known for many years. A large portion of the dinner service is in a private collection in London – similarly much of the dessert service is at Winterthur. The sale at Christie’s of the service took place in February 1846 and it is described as being in the royal collection of Queen Charlotte, which is an error as the corresponding dates of Queen Charlotte’s reign and David Wilson’s manufactory are not possible. The service c.1805 was possibly made for Queen consort Caroline c.1805/6 when she separated from the Prince Regent.

Ray Howard and Victor Owen: Isleworth Analysis

Saturday 18 April 2020

Annual General Meeting and Miscellany (members are invited to bring 2 or 3 interesting pots along).
Papers are sought for this meeting. Please contact the Meetings Secretary.

Saturday 16 May 2020

STUDY DAY – London’s Brown Stoneware from Dwight to Martin Brothers and its influences.
Join ECC members for a study day looking at ‘London Stonewares’ at MOLA, Eagle Wharf Road, London N1 7ED.
Six papers will be given by well-known scholars including: Jacqui Pearce, Chris Green, Phil Mernick, Robin Emmerson, Alex Werner and Jonathan Gray. In addition, there will be plenty of time to handle related sherds from London factory sites, notably from Dwight, Doulton and other sites.
The cost of the day includes tea / coffee and a buffet lunch. Registration starts at 10am and the study day should finish by 5pm. The price is £55 for members, non-members £75.
Previous ECC study days at MOLA have sold out, and numbers are strictly limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Joining form will be sent out to members early in the New Year.

Thursday 4 June 2020

Nick Panes: The First 100 Years of Japanese Porcelain, at Bonhams in Knightsbridge at 6 pm

Thursday 10 September 2020 at Bonhams Knightsbridge at 6 pm

Peter White: Shipwreck Ceramics.

Friday 2 October 2020 (To be confirmed – booking needed)

Meeting at Lords Cricket Ground in London.
A presentation on Cricket ceramics. Details to be included in the next mailing.

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.

Saturday 12 Dec 2020

Sally Kevill-Davies: New links between Nicholas Sprimont’s silver and Chelsea Porcelain
The influence of Nicholas Sprimont’s silver on the porcelain made in his Chelsea factory is examined, with new links between the two different media explored

Simon Olding: Unpublished Leach
To mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Bernard Leach Pottery at St. Ives, Simon (the Director of the Crafts Study Centre in Farnham) will discuss items from the newly acquired Alan Bell archive.