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.
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
Summer Social & Sale
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
Dr. Susan Egenolf
Dinner Plate from the Frog Service
Two Crimson Portland vases
Pair of pearlware Corn Vases- 1865
Powder Blue Vase with Hummingbird
Baltimore Museum of Art- Michelle Erickson Ceramics