Pictures Worth a Thousand Pots: Tracing Ceramics in Art

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Pictures Worth a Thousand Pots: Tracing Ceramics in Art

January 22, 2018 - 1:15 pm - 3:00 pm

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Angelika Kuettner, Associate Curator of Ceramics, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia

Whether used as a symbol to measure wealth and status, show everyday activity, or serve as a prop in a still life, ceramics have been featured prominently in art throughout history.  With a broad sweeping brush, this visually vibrant presentation will trace ceramics through art by taking a closer look at the role pottery and porcelain have played in paintings over time.


After coming to Colonial Williamsburg in 2006 as a graduate student intern in the ceramics and glass department while studying at the College of William and Mary, Ms. Kuettner joined the Foundation as an associate registrar in 2007, and assumed her current position as assistant curator of ceramics in 2016.  Previous museum experience was at the Reeves Center at Washington and Lee University.  In 2010, she was a fellow at the Attingham Trust Summer School and at the 2016 MESDA Summer Institute.  Her publications include a glossary of white salt-glazed stoneware plate borders, a work that appears as an appendix in the publication Salt-Glazed Stoneware in Early America by Janine E. Skerry and Suzanne Findlen Hood; an article for the ACC Journal on the 18th century Boston ceramic manufacturing partnership of Benjamin Leigh and John Allman; and an article on mended ceramics in colonial America in the 2016 issue of Ceramics in America.

Detail from “The Honeymoon,” John Collet, London, England, ca. 1764
Museum Purchase, 1969-48,3