Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery

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Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery

November 13, 2017 - 1:15 pm - 3:00 pm

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Glenn Adamson, Editor-at-Large, The Magazine Antiques, formerly director at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City

The Yale Center for British Art is currently presenting the first major survey exhibition on British studio pottery ever staged in the United States, in partnership with The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge. The exhibition is co-curated by Martina Droth, Deputy Director of Research and Curator of Sculpture at the Center; Glenn Adamson, Senior Research Scholar at the Center; and Simon Olding, Director, Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts in the United Kingdom.

Covering the period from 1900 to the present, Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery has brought together nearly 150 ceramic objects—including vases, bowls, chargers, and monumental forms—tracing an array of forms that have defined this medium since the early 20th century. The objects, many of which have never before been publicly exhibited, are drawn from distinguished private collections as well as museum collections in the United Kingdom. The exhibition is on view at the Center in New Haven through December 3, 2017. In this lecture, co-curator of the exhibition Glenn Adamson will offer a discussion of the project and stories of particular pieces selected.


Glenn Adamson is currently senior research scholar at the Yale Center for British Art and editor-at-large of The Magazine Antiques. A curator and theorist who works across the fields of design, craft and contemporary art, he was until March 2016 the director of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. He has previously been head of research at the Victoria & Albert in London and curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee. His publications include Art in the Making (2016, co-authored with Julia Bryan Wilson); Invention of Craft (2013); Postmodernism: Style and Subversion (2011); The Craft Reader (2010); and Thinking Through Craft (2007).

Spherical pot with flattened cylinder, 1972, stoneware, by Hans Coper.
Exhibited: Hans Coper & Peter Collingwood, Galerie Besson, U.K., 2002. No. 2
Photograph: by Galerie Besson