Photography by Kathy McGuinness Designs
The Grenville Winthrop
Collection of Old Wedgwood
The WSWDC Meeting last Sunday November 15th, featured guest lecture Casey Monahan entitled: The Grenville L. Winthrop Collection of Old Wedgwood. She shared the amazing collection via ZOOM as well as insight into the unique marketing skills of Wedgwood dealer Frederick Rathbone. We're sharing the link to her article on the Grenville Portland Vase here:
The Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts (WMODA) in Dania Beach, Florida, has re-opened with an exhibition titled The Art of Tea. This exhibition specifically features Wedgwood and Royal Doulton pieces, including several early black basalt and jasperware teapots. Also on display are more recent acquisitions made by Arthur Wiener, such as the teapot made to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.
More information can be found on WMODA’s website here.
Photograph by Richard Holt
Susie Cooper, the woman who made
pottery fit for a king...
We all recognize the name of Susie Cooper as one the 20 century’s most influential pottery designers as well as a prominent Wedgwood artist. How many really appreciate her significant contributions, working on new designs at her home on the Isle of Man right up to her death at the age of 92.
Stoke on Trent Live details her long career and
inspires us to research this remarkable artist further.
Statues on both sides of the Atlantic, and even throughout the world, are being evaluated and those of controversial figures are being considered for removal. However, this statute of Josiah Wedgwood stands tall in front of the North Stafford Hotel. Long considered one of the fathers of English china, he is now celebrated as
an early supporter of the abolitionist movement. Stoke On Trent Live shares their pride in Wedgwood's contributions to both social reform and pottery innovations and production.
Emma Darwin And The Invisible Heroism Of The Scientific Caretaker
Water-color portrait of Emma Darwin (wife of
Image courtesy of Wikipedia
Emma Darwin, Charles Darwin's wife and first cousin, was born Emma Wedgwood, the eighth and youngest child of Josiah Wedgwood II and Bessy Allen. Her father was the eldest son of the famous pottery manufacturer, Josiah Wedgwood I. Emma was part of a large extended family, Unitarian in religion, liberal in politics, with links to the intellectual elite of the country. Her father's eldest sister, Susannah, had married Robert Darwin and had six children, including Charles Darwin. It was Emma's father Josiah II, that he turned to for support when his own father forbade him to go on the Beagle voyage.
Without Emma, the publication of The Origin of Species would have been inconceivable. Her role in history was that of caretaker, life in the 19th century presenting unique challenges that required a firm and steady hand. In this article Dale Debakcsy takes an in-depth look at the woman behind the man.
Although the Wedgwood International Seminar has been canceled this year due to the Corona Virus pandemic, Charlotte, North Carolina still remains the summer destination spot for Wedgwood collectors. Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries” is on exhibit at the Mint Museum Randolph extended through January 3, 2021. It features more than 100 black basalt sculptures, including vases, busts and medallions created by Wedgwood and several other artists from the same time period.