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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 and we now offer a hybrid meeting, in person and remote (Zoom) attendance.   Our meetings are held at the Total Wine and More meeting room at 1451 Chain Bridge Road McLean, Virginia. Please note this is a different location, this store will enable WSWDC to host hybrid meetings, with both in person and remote attendance member participation via Zoom.

​​​Past Programs

September 10, 2023

Wedgwood Influenced artists at the Baltimore Museum of Art

WSWDC member & Guest speaker:  Brittany Luberda

     

Local WSWDC members gathered at Total Wines- McLean and remote members joined via Zoom.  Brittany Luberda from the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) presented a lively lecture and discussed two upcoming exhibitions featuring women artists who were influenced by, or worked for, Wedgwood. Recasting Colonialism: Michelle Erickson Ceramics.  Making Her Mark: A History of Women Artists in Europe, 1400-1800 running from from October 1, 2023 to January 7, 2024. The exhibition will feature objects from the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries that reflect the multifaceted and often overlooked ways that women contributed to the visual arts of Europe, from painting to ceramics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 7, 2023

Wedgwood Powder Blue

WSWDC member & Guest speaker:  Lorraine Horn

     

May 7, 2023 WSWDC member Lorraine Horn presented a virtual lecture on Wedgwood's powder blue ware which was developed by the firm around 1910 and went on to influence the production of  lustrewares throughout the 1920s.  She discussed the development and history of this delightful ware and shared many pieces from her personal collection with the attendees.  No doubt many new powder blue collectors were inspired by her lecture!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 19, 2023

  

WSWDC Show & Tell - Hybrid Meeting

     

On March 19, 2023 WSWDC held our first hybrid Show and Tell and it was a successful blended event. Members and friends in the room and on Zoom shared recent their acquisitions and interesting items from their collections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 8, 2023

The Green Frog Service: Wedgwood and Bentley's Nationalistic Narrative

WSWDC Member & Guest speaker:  Dr. Susan Egenolf

On January 8, 2023 the WSWDC welcomed back guest speaker Dr. Susan Egenolf, WSWDC member and Associate Professor and Associate Department Head in the Department of English at Texas A&M University. She shared a well-researched presentation on how the Green Frog Service and its accompanying catalogue functioned as a nationalist salvo in the figurative battle for world conquest. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Dr. Susan Egenolf

Dinner Plate from the Frog Service

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Two Crimson Portland vases

Pair of pearlware Corn Vases- 1865

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Powder Blue Vase with Hummingbird

Lorraine Horn

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Brittany Luberda

Baltimore Museum of Art- Michelle Erickson Ceramics

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