• An extraordinary pair of decorative vases made at Worcester and decorated to the highest quality by James Giles's London painting atelier. The realistic birds reflect the growing interest in natural history during the Enlightenment and are painted after George Edwards' bird studies from life.

  • As we step into the festive season, we turn our attention to John Flight (d. 1791) and his brother Joseph (d. 1838) who successfully faced the challenges of reviving the Worcester manufactory, adapting to changing tastes in porcelain consumption at the turn of the eighteenth century.


    With lockdown lifted, we are preparing for the holidays and we look forward to welcoming you to the gallery. 

  • In this our third Ceramic Musing, we turn our attention to the Margravine Sibylla Augusta of Baden-Baden (1675-1733). In an age dominated by men, Sibylla Augusta’s achievements are particularly noteworthy. In her lifetime, Sibylla Augusta overcame the loss of her husband, war and financial debt, securing her son’s future and amassing a renowned porcelain collection at Schloss Favorite, in Rastatt.

    We hope you find inspiration in the Margravine’s collection and her many triumphs as a leader, wife and mother in the face of adversity.

  • The saying goes, April showers bring May flowers and while this month sees us all weathering through the challenges of lockdown, we are inspired and uplifted by the digital creativity shared by our ceramics community in these times.

    In this edition of Ceramic Musings, we hope to bring some levity to your day by drawing from our collection to reflect on another individual who faced a different kind of confinement – exile.

  •  In our collective support to contain the spread of COVID-19, we are experiencing extraordinary times. As we implement social distancing and self-isolation, the benefits of modern technology enables us to stay connected. On reflection, we realise we are not so very alone as we are part of a community passionate for ceramics.

    Drawn to its form, decoration, function and technology, we all have our stories of ceramic encounters filled with characters and episodes, follies and triumphs in our pursuit to satisfy la maladie de porcelaine. Over the coming weeks, we will share anecdotes of notable individuals and their famed passion for ceramics, drawing from our collection to bring their stories to life.

    We hope our ceramic musings provide a comfort to you as we all do our part to flatten the curve. We wish you all good health and safety.