Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery

Glenn Adamson, Senior Scholar, Yale Center for British Art
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Curator Glenn Adamson will provide a sneak preview of the important upcoming exhibition Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery. The first major survey of its topic ever to be held in the USA, the show tells the story of studio ceramics in Britain from the 1920s to the present, through the evolution of the vessel form. The antiquity of the vessel, the familiarity of its shapes and forms, has for more than a century provided British potters with a ready-made language, to be invoked, emulated, but also distanced, transformed, and renewed. The exhibition traces the major typologies that have defined studio ceramics since the early twentieth century. While varied, diverse, and original in their individual conception, the ceramic works assembled nevertheless share a common vocabulary. Works have been selected from distinguished private collections as well as the great public collections of museums in the UK. The exhibition will be shown at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven in autumn 2017 and travel to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, thereafter.