|"A Present From The Staffordshire Potteries" 7.25 inch pearlware plate, ca. 1825. The plate is obviously an early souvenir!|
I just returned from the Transferware Collectors Club Tour and Meeting in England. We started in London and ended in the Staffordshire Potteries. I thought I'd show you some of the highlights (to me). I took 1324 photos, so I had to choose just a few. This was hard, so I tried to focus on the pottery. I also decided to cover the tour in more than one blog post.
The Victoria And Albert Museum has a huge ceramics gallery (they also have a huge amount of everything else). The ceramics are displayed as visible storage.
|Sign in the V&A Ceramics Gallery|
|Glass cases filled with ceramics/A museum worker can access the pottery from the center of the storage/display.|
|This is what the display looks like from the outside (where we are). Lots of stuff!|
|Mainly painted 18th century creamware teapots and printed 18th century creamware tea canisters and creamware plates.|
|Early blue printed hollow ware and a variety of colored plates and pots lids.|
|A design and color mixture. Can you spot the Wedgwood Water Lily plate?|
One of my favorite pieces is this 30 gallon jug. I first saw it in 1987.
|David is standing near the jug to give you a bit of perspective as to its size.|
The museum showcased a special exhibit titled Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics. It highlighted the connection between antique and modern printed ware. The V&A sign gives you a bit of blue and white history.
Here is a case from the exhibit showing old and new transfer printed pottery.
|A juxtaposition of old and new transfer printed pottery.|
Below is a close-up of a pair of juxtaposed old and new transfer print.
Take a look at the iconic and probably most recognizable blue transfer printed pattern; Willow.
Below see a case of both traditional Willow pattern ceramics, as well as modern interpretations.
|Old and New/Notice the modern renditions of the traditional Willow pattern.|
|A case filled with old and new flower and bird transfer printed ware.|
Not all of the ceramics at the V&A are transfer printed (just kidding).
|Redware and more|
|Creamware and more|
One last thing. The entrance to the V&A has a gorgeous Dale Chilhuly glass sculpture hanging from the ceiling.
To Be Continued...