The art of making ceramics or pottery has been a skill that seems to have held its own for several centuries now and it does not show any sign of regressing. Most ceramics such as tiles, pots and statues are produced with clay or other raw materials and this process has changed very little over the years, making it one of the oldest art forms.
In 2010, the ceramic review and Craft Potters Association, which aims to encourage fine works in studio ceramics, to promote their value in society and to foster the interest of the public in ceramic art will host a major International showcase for ceramics which will coincide with the Victoria and Albert museum’s huge ceramic exhibition. These two events promise to put the UK at the forefront of the world’s ceramic market and promises to excite and educate audiences all over.
The Victoria and Albert museum, which is in the process of a positive and drastic refurbishment programme over the next few years (including a new wing and improving their massive renaissance collection), have decided to exhibit their impressive ceramics collection in their new ceramics galleries which is set to rival others in the world. The V&A promise to showcase over 3000 objects with highlights including the Ming Chinese dynasty porcelain, Meissen figures, Dutch delftware, ceramics by Clarice Cliff and tableware by Wedgewood.
The first phase of their four year refurbishment project is complete and with the second phase set to be achieved in the summer of 2010, it looks like the V&A will once again establish themselves as one of the nation’s finest art institutions.
For more information on the Ceramics galleries or the V&A please check their website www.vam.ac.uk
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