Friday, 21 December 2012

Advance Notice: Spode Training Day

This is an advance notice of a free training day we will be running in February 2013.
Booking forms will be available in the new year.

Ceramics Network Spode Training Day: Monday 25th February 2013 at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and Stoke-on-Trent City Archives

10.00-10.30: Registration & coffee Potteries Museum
10.45-12.15: Session 1: The Spode Archive (includes questions) Stoke-on-Trent City Archives
12.45-1.45: Lunch: Potteries Museum
2.00-3.30: Session 2: Spode Pots (includes questions) Potteries Museum Ceramics Store
3.30-4.00: Tea, feedback, id session
4.00-5.00: Free time in museum galleries

This is a unique opportunity to see both the Spode archive and the ceramics produced by the Spode factory. The session at the Stoke-on-Trent City Archives is an introduction to a huge collection of Spode papers, dating from c1760 to 2008, which help to tell the story of a famous business.

In the afternoon, there will be a guided handling session, at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, to look at the products of the factory, and link them back to the material in the Spode archive.

Worldwide, Spode supplied kings and princes as well as kitchens and pantries, tableware and toilet ware, ceramics for steamships, railways and airlines and ornamental wares from miniatures to monumental pieces. Although this session focuses on the Spode factory, the techniques and issues discussed are applicable across British ceramics in general and the session will be delivered with both the relative ceramics beginner and the more experienced ceramics curator in mind.

Pam Woolliscroft with a Spode pattern book
The sessions will be led by Pam Woolliscroft, who works freelance in the museum and arts world as museum consultant, art cataloguer, lecturer and Spode specialist. After many years working in North Staffordshire museums she now works for a number of different organisations. She writes a regular blog about Spode history and speaks on various aspects of the Spode company history. Curator of the Spode Museum Trust in Stoke-on-Trent until 2008, she has also worked at Gladstone Pottery Museum, Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum, and Ford Green Hall where she was resident curator.

Pam also does specialist volunteering at a number of museums and archives.

Spaces will be limited to 12 so please keep the date free and once the booking form is circulated in the new year, return it as soon as you can to ensure you get a place. 

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there!

Covered sugar box, New Oval shape, c1804
Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

Aesthetic  style teapot with metal lid, 1870s
Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

Teapot, Royal College shape, Apollo, c1958
Potteries Museum & Art Gallery