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Events - English Ceramic Circle

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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:

Thursday, 9th July 2020 at 6 pm British Summer Time (BST)
A Porcelain Musical Recital – Felicity Marno

Thursday, 23rd July 2020 at 6 pm BST
The Derby Hafod Service – paradise painted on porcelain – Anrew Renton

Thursday, 6th August 2020 at 6 pm BST
The Influence of Pillement’s Chinoiseries on 18th and 19th cenury ceramic design – Loren Zeller

Thursday, 20th August 2020 at 6 pm BST
For Crying Out Loud! Street Sellers and Craftsmen Portrayed in Ceramics – Leslie Grigsby

Thursday, 3rd September 2020 at 6 pm BST
Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and his contemporaries – Brian Gallagher

Thursday, 17th September 2020 at 6 pm BST
West Pans, including William Littler and His Porcelain – George Haggarty

Thursday, 1st October 2020 at 6 pm BST
In search of the Marksman – William Chaffers – Charles Dawson

Thursday, 15th October 2020 at 6 pm BST
Depictions of Ceramic Production in China and Europe 1700-1850 – Roger Massey

Thursday, 29th October 2020 at 6 pm (GMT)
Breaking the chains: Ceramics and the Abolition Movement – Ron Fuchs (joint talk with American Ceramic Circle)
Note the clocks have changed by this date so the talk is one hour earlier at 6 pm GMT.

Please note the ECC reserves the right to alter the timing, speakers and subjects should the need arise.

ECC Meeting Dates for 2020

The meetings below are at 2 pm at Kensington Central Library unless otherwise stated.

Saturday 21 November 2020 NEW VENUE – Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square,

London WC1N 1AZ  The Museum is 5 minutes’ walk from Russell Square underground station. King’s Cross St Pancras and Euston stations are 10 minutes’ walk from the Museum. The nearest buses are the 7, 59, 68, 91, 98, 168 and 188.

Annual General Meeting and Miscellany (Moved from 18 April 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 December 2020 NEW VENUE – Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square,
London WC1N 1AZ  

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 materials 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.