Friday, 29 March 2013

Visit to Fitzwilliam Museum Report

Claire Blakey of the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery reports:

On Monday 25th March 2013 the Ceramics Network joined forces with the Northern Ceramic Society for a visit to an exhibition of contemporary ceramics at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Despite the very un-spring like temperatures, there were 15 participants, from as far away as York and Bath. There was a good mixture of museum professionals, collectors, academics and enthusiasts. The exhibition, China's White Gold, is visually stunning and as most of the work was made especially for it, an amazing opportunity to see what potters in Jingdezhen are producing. This varies from ware made in traditional styles to pieces which are consciously contemporary in style and execution.
It includes a section on pieces which are reproductions of antique porcelain, shown alongside pieces from the Fitzwilliam's collection as comparatives. It also showcases work by international artists working in Jingdezhen: Felicity Aylieff, Takeshi Yasuda and Caroline Cheng.

One of the star pieces is a vase (Happy and Glorious) made by students of the Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute to mark Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. This is decorated with auspicious symbols, including a dragon, lotus flowers and cranes.

The visit was made much more informative by the insights and observations of Victoria Avery and Tao-Tao Chang of the Fitzwilliam, who very kindly organised this. Our grateful thanks to them.

We are hoping to plan a ceramics study day at the Fitzwilliam in the near future so keep an eye out for it!

Images from the exhibition shown here ©Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge