THE WEDGWOOD SOCIETY OF WASHINGTON DC  PROGRAMS

The WSWDC will hold a minimum of six meetings and events annually. All lecture meetings are free and open to the public however we are currently offering our meetings on Zoom. Our meetings are held at the Total Wine and More meeting room at 13043 Lee Jackson Highway, Chantilly, Virginia. Please note their NEW location is at the now next to the Greenbriar Shopping Center, they are next to the Giant Food store.

 

 

UPCOMING MEETINGS

January 2023

Lecture - January 8, 2023- Susan Egenolf on the Frog Service

 

March 2023

Show and Tell - March 19, 2023

 

May 2023

Lecture - May 7, 2023-  Lorraine Horn on Wedgwood’s Powder Blue

​​​Past Programs:

November 6, 2022

   

    The Astonishing Wedgwood & Bentley Pottery at Wörlitz

    Guest speaker:  Harwood "Woody" Johnson

Via Zoom on November 6, 2022 WSWDC welcomed Woody Johnson, who spoke to the WSWDC on the Astonishing Wedgwood & Bentley Pottery at Wörlitz. Franz, the prince of Anhalt-Dessau, bought a superb range of basalt and variegated pottery directly from Wedgwood & Bentley in the 1770s. The very best of Wedgwood & Bentley’s productions at that time, the collection remained in situ at his country house, Wörlitz, Germany, since then to the present day – but was only rediscovered in the late 1980s after the fall of the Berlin wall.  This lecture explores Prince Franz and his beautiful country house, and considers what can be learned today from a collection that has been intact and untouched for 250 years.  This Zoom lecture video is currently available for viewing in our Members Only area.

 

 

 

 

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September 25, 2022

  

     Beyond Wedgwood Blue: The Making of An Exhibit

     Guest speaker:  Bill Firstenberger

 

On September 25, 2022 the WSWDC went to a museum, virtually.  Beyond Wedgwood Blue: The Making of an Exhibit.  Bill Firstenberger, Executive Director of Ruthmere Museum in Elkhart, Indiana, spoke of the interesting chain of decisions that led Ruthmere to make Wedgwood the subject of the first of the museum’s new series of special exhibitions.  The museum displayed interesting pieces from its own collection as well as more prominent ones—including the Birmingham Museum of Art!  Ruthmere exhibited the pieces under the headings “Typical Wares,” “Unusual Wares,” “American Wares,” and “Daisy Makeig-Jones.” It was a fascinating peek behind the scenes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Society activities include:

   

  • Scholarly lectures by Wedgwood authorities and collection archivists

  • Presentations by specialized Wedgwood antiques dealers

  • Society members are invited to participate in interactive show & tell sessions

  • Opportunities for private sales, auctions, and appraisals

  • Exhibitions and private home tours

  • Informative meetings and other special events

Annual events will include silent auctions, summer socials and other special programs that highlight and promote the study and collection of Wedgwood

  • Special exhibits

  • Summer Social & Sale

  • Silent Auctions

  • Appraisal Days

  • Museum Exhibitions & Display

  • Meetings conclude with refreshments and complimentary wine tastings

Wedgwood Society of Washington DC

Large statue of Morpheus that adorns the top of Princess Louisa's bed in Wörlitz

Pair of Wedgwood & Bentley vases from Wörlitz

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Beyond Wedgwood Blue: The Making of an Exhibit

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Ruthmere Museum

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