Organised by the South Yorkshire Volunteer Fundraising Committee

The WA Ismay Collection of British studio ceramics

Lecture | Quaker Meeting House

Tuesday 13 June 2017 - 06:30 until 20:30

William Alfred Ismay MBE (1910-2001) was the most prolific collector of studio pottery in post-war Britain, gathering over 3,500 pieces by approximately 500 potters between 1955 and 2001. Using his wage from his day job as a librarian and his pension following retirement, Ismay proved that it was possible to develop a world-class collection with very little money. He lived in a tiny terraced house in Wakefield surrounded by his family of pots.

Helen Walsh will give the lecture. She is curator of ceramics at York Museums Trust and responsible for the Centre of Ceramic Art at York Art Gallery which opened in August 2015. She founded the UK’s Contemporary Studio Ceramics Subject Specialist Network in 2012 and is in the final year of a PhD on collecting contemporary ceramics.

This event has been organised by the South Yorkshire Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue information

Quaker Meeting House

St James Street, Sheffield, S1 2EW

Entry details

£12.50 (includes tea or coffee)

To book, please contact Sylvia Thompstone on or call 01246414847

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