Uncover the craftsmanship of ceramics as the English Ceramic Circle embrace all those with an interest in the history of ceramics, at the Antiques for Everyone Spring Fair held 6-9 April, at the NEC, Birmingham.
In addition to securing the latest pieces for your collections and unusual items to furnish your home from the range of 200 specialist dealers, view the intricate showcase the English Ceramic Circle will have on display as the Spring fair feature exhibition.
The feature exhibition will include a fine display of diverse ceramics, ranging from Chelsea (1760) right through to Lucy Rie (1930), an Austrian studio potter, who took inspiration from Japan and specialised in brightly coloured, delicate and modernist pottery. She did not follow the usual potter's procedure of bisque-firing the object, applying glaze, and re-firing it. Instead she painted her glazes directly onto the "green," unfired body, firing the piece only once. She experimented with a wide spectrum of colours and her glazes, often softly modulated, ranged from satiny smooth to deeply pitted "volcanic" textures ensuring visually pleasing pieces to witness at the fair.
You can also expect to see some impressive wares from Samuel Astles, one of the foremost flower painters employed at the Worcester Flight & Barr factory, a vase decorated by Hannah Barlow, the first female artist to work at the Doulton Factory at Lambeth, in London, and Parian statues and busts by William Boynton Kirk, who worked for the Worcester Porcelain factory.
The English Ceramic Circle will be presenting three talks across the fair with topics including; "250 years at the Worcester Porcelain Factory", "Orchid Mania on Ceramics" and "Wonderful Welsh - Pottery and Porcelain of South Wales".
The English Ceramic Circle, founded in 1927, is the oldest society dedicated to the study of British ceramics which advances knowledge of ceramics by promoting and publishing new research.
The Circle`s worldwide membership embraces collectors, curators, archaeologists, potters, auctioneers, dealers, social historians and all those with an interest in the history of ceramics made in the British Isles.
Celebrate the history of English ceramics in this special exhibition taking place at the Antiques for Everyone Spring Fair from 6-9 April 2017.