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Artful Pots: Art Nouveau and Art Deco Ceramics. Anne Anderson Tuesday 30 October 2018

The Study Day will be divided into three session, for application form press here.

Session 1 Artful Pots: Aesthetic to Art Nouveau

Session2 The Art of Dining: Art Deco

Session 3 Handling Session.

Artful Pots: Art Nouveau and Art Deco Ceramics.

Since the 18th century Porcelain and pottery have been both functional and decorative with international exhibitions, initiated by the Great Exhibition in 1851, providing showcases for decorative ceramics. Ceramics now became integral to the House Beautiful and by the 1870s factories saw decorative ceramics as a means of acquiring cachet and status with competitions and awards providing a means of increasing their status.

Henry Doulton was the first to develop an art department, employing women as decorators. His stars were Hannah and Florence Barlow. China painting became fashionable. Other established  companies including Minton and Wedgewood opened art departments and new companies opened and developed new techniques to stay ahead of the competition. In London studio ceramics developed with the Martin Brothers credited as pioneers, while the leading art potter William de Morgan capitalized on his links with Morris & Co.

By the close of the century British companies were competing with Art Nouveau ceramics from Europe with new glazes, lustres and high-fired effects allowed for companies individuality. After WW1 ceramics played a vital role in the Art Deco interior, providing colour, form, novelty and fun. Ceramics were now both functional and collectable and with the art of dining which developed in the 1920s, as well as taking tea, the ceramic industry thrived.