Things of Beauty Growing: British studio pottery
20 March – 17 June 2018
Free to all
The leading lights of the ceramics world feature in this exhibition of British studio pottery – the largest of its kind in recent times.
The Fitzwilliam Museum draws on its internationally renowned ceramics collection for this showcase of the evolution of British studio pottery, revealing nearly 100 years of the nation’s potters working at the forefront of the form.
Tracing the development of distinct types of vessels such as the moon jar, vase and charger, the exhibition features over 100 historic and contemporary ceramics by renowned potters – including the 'father' of British studio pottery Bernard Leach, Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry and Austrian-born Dame Lucie Rie.
Clare Twomey’s installation Made in China, meanwhile, offers a portrait of the economic realities and imbalances across the international ceramic industry; among 80 large-scale porcelain vases made in China is one gilded with eighteen-karat gold by artisans in Stoke-on-Trent, which cost more than all of the other 79 vases put together.