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ECC Meeting Dates for 2020

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

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 (contact Rosemary Pemberton, Visits Manager, via the Contacts Page)
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 raw materials – evidence from the analysis of slipwear and porcelain sherds from the Isleworth/Hounslow potteries

Saturday 18 April 2020

Annual General Meeting and Miscellany (members are invited to bring 2 or 3 interesting pots along).
Maurice Hillis: Some thoughts on the outside decoration of Liverpool ceramics
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 different media explored

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.

Papers will be given by:
Jacqui Pearce: Stoneware in London before Dwight
Chris Green: John Dwight’s Stonewares
Phil Mernick: London Stonewares – the next 250 years
Robin Emmerson: Art, not drainpipes, at Doulton 1870-1900
Alex Werner; The salt-glazed stoneware of the Martin Brothers
Jonathan Gray: Horace Elliot’s London stonewares

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 in March 2020 Newsletter or contact Rosemary Pemberton, Visits Manager, via the Contacts Page.


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

Thursday 10 September 2020 (AT 6 PM AT BONHAMS, KNIGHTSBRIDGE, LONDON SW7 1HH)

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 thoughts on a Charles Gouyn toilet set

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.