TALK: HELEN RITCHIE THINGS OF BEAUTY GROWING: BRITISH STUDIO POTTERY (FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM, CAMBRIDGE, 2018): FRIDAY 7TH DECEMBER AT 7.45PM
Helen Ritchie was the organising curator for the Fitzwilliam exhibition, in partnership with Yale Center for British Art.
For almost one hundred years, British potters have led the way in re-inventing traditional ceramic forms. Things of Beauty Growing showcased the history and ongoing practice of one of the most dynamic art forms in the UK today, by tracing the changing nature of British studio pottery through the evolution of specific types of vessel: the moon jar, vase, bowl, charger, set, vessel, pot and monument. Featuring works from museums and private collections across the UK and America, the exhibition showed that studio pottery is a global story, with pots and potters travelling between Britain, continental Europe, Asia, Africa, and beyond.
This exhibition was the largest of its kind in recent times, with over 100 historic and contemporary ceramics by potters including Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie, Hans Coper, Edmund de Waal, Alison Britton, Grayson Perry and Julian Stair.
Things of Beauty Growing was a collaboration with Yale Center for British Art, New Haven (USA), and the Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, UK).
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