Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Spode Training Day: Full Details, Programme & Booking Form Here

Ceramics Network Spode Training Day

Monday 25th February 2013

To apply for this FREE event 

at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery & 

Stoke-on-Trent City Archives

Covered sugar box, New Oval shape, circa 1804
Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

10.00-10.30:     Registration & coffee (Potteries Museum)
10.45-12.15:     Session 1: The Spode Archive (includes questions) (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

Spaces will be limited to 12 so apply as soon as possible to ensure your place.

This is a unique opportunity to see both the 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, dating from c1760 to 2008, which helps 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.

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Bethesda Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3DW

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