Making Histories: New Responses to the Ceramics Collections

Image caption: Whistling pot, Moche culture, Peru, 100-800CE, LSAG&M
Plate (detail), Staffordshire, 1750-1760, LSAG&M

Date: 20th March 2020 - 14th June 2020

Every day

Location: Art Gallery & Museum

Time: 10:00 - 16:00

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Making Histories: New Responses to the Ceramics Collection

20 March – 14 June 2020


Seven contemporary ceramic artists from the across the Midlands have been invited to respond to Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum’s diverse collection of ceramics. Rupert Brakspear, Dylan Bowen, Rhian Malin, Michelle Taylor, Rose Wallace, John Wheeldon and Jon Williams will show their work alongside some of the historical objects which inspired them, from Roman kitchenware to Regency tea-sets.




Lottery funded, friends of Leamington Spa and Supported using public funding by Arts Council England



Exhibition events:


20 March, 1pm - Friday Focus Extra

Introducing ‘Making Histories: New Responses to the Ceramics Collection’

Curator Lily Crowther introduces the new exhibition and explains how it is rooted in the ceramics collection at Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum. Find out more about the contemporary artists whose work is featured, and how they were inspired by local stories of making, using and collecting ceramics.



27 March, 1pm - Friday Focus

Rhian Malin

Rhian Malin’s elegant porcelain vessels are inspired by traditional blue and white pottery. She often enlarges and repeats a detail which was historically used for borders or backgrounds, elevating it to a central feature. Rhian’s work in ‘Making Histories’ is based on displays of porcelain in 18th century domestic interiors.



28 March, 11am-1pm – workshop

Make a ‘Flatback’ Figure, with Rose Wallace CPA

£30, pre-book

Find inspiration from traditional Staffordshire ‘flatback’ figures, and learn a range of pottery techniques. Personalise your figure by bringing along textured surfaces to emboss into the clay, or detailed items like jewellery to impress decoration and embellish your design with special memories. Your figure will be fired and glazed after the workshop.



3 April, 1pm – Friday Focus

Jon Williams

Jon Williams’ tactile interactive work encourages touch and play. He is interested in the ways ceramics can move, feel and sound. Jon will introduce the work he has made for ‘Making Histories’, which allows visitors to make sounds with water, inspired by pre-Columbian Peruvian instruments and medieval watering pots.



23 April, 7pm, RSC studio

Lars Tharp

£15, pre-book

Ceramics and Asian art expert Lars Tharp is best known for his regular appearances on Antiques Road Show. Lars has been involved with historical and contemporary ceramics for 40 years as a curator, broadcaster and consultant. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear his reflections on the themes of ‘Making Histories’!

Cost: FREE

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