Exhibitions | September 21, 2016 to February 12, 2017
Batchelder: Tilemaker is the first local exhibit dedicated solely to the life and work of this extraordinary artist and educator. Ernest Batchelder. Exhibit curator, Dr. Robert Winter.
Exhibitions | 10/8/16 to 7/31/17
American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA)
Folktales have been found in cultures throughout the world. Many folktales emerged simultaneously and independently of one another, suggesting that cultures shared parallel narratives.
The Roman historian Strabo recorded one of the earliest versions of Cinderella in the first century B.C. The classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel was based on real events during the Great Famine of 1315 A.D. In the late 1600’s French author Charles Perrault, wrote stories derived from folktales including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Puss in Boots, The Sleeping Beauty and Bluebeard.
The invention of the printing press by Johannes Gutenberg around 1440 improved the speed of printing books. The Industrial Revolution and advancements in printing technologies increased the quantity of books and reduced the cost of producing books. These innovations enabled writers such as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm to collect, document, and share classic folklore and fairy tales with a much larger audience. The Mettlach: Folklore and Fairy Tales exhibition includes 140 objects.
HISTORY OF METTLACH
In 1748, François Boch began manufacturing ceramic dinnerware in France. In 1809, the Boch family purchased a former Benedictine abbey in Mettlach, Germany. Mettlach is located on the Saar River near the border of France. Jean-François Boch, François Boch’s grandson, designed many of the machines used to improve production at the new facility.
In 1791, Nicholas Villeroy acquired an earthenware factory in Germany. Villeroy brought in specialists from England and France to modernize production and around 1815 they developed a printing process to create decals that could be fired onto clay (prints under glaze.)
The two families merged their ceramic companies in 1836 to create Villeroy and Boch (V&B). The Mettlach factory reached its peak about 1880 but began to decline around in the early 1900’s due to a downturn in the economy and World War I. Today, V&B continues to produce bathroom wares, tableware, and other ceramics. – amoca.org/mettlach/
Exhibitions | to 5/7/17
Denver Art Museum
Founded in 1898 by Edward Richard Taylor and his son William Howson Taylor, Ruskin Pottery was named after a founding writer and critic of the Arts & Crafts movement, John Ruskin. Throughout its 35-year history, the pottery produced decorative vessels, tableware, buttons, and small glazed plaques called enamels, intended to be set in silver or pewter as jewelry.
Artistry and Craftsmanship: Ruskin Pottery, Enamels, and Buttons showcases the Ruskin Pottery style of hand-thrown and hand-turned ceramic bodies with innovative glazes. Works on view illustrate Howson Taylor's continual experimentation with new and sometimes difficult glaze techniques, resulting in four primary glazes—soufflé, luster, crystalline/matte, and high-fired flambé.
This exhibition features about 80 objects from 213 works of Ruskin Pottery given to the Denver Art Museum by Carl Patterson, the museum's conservator emeritus. This remarkable gift makes the DAM collection of Ruskin Pottery one of the largest collections in the world and presents great opportunities for research, exhibition, and publication.
Artistry and Craftsmanship is organized by Darrin Alfred, curator of architecture, design, and graphics, and Kati Woock, curatorial assistant, department of architecture, design and graphics. – denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/artistry-and-craftsmanship
Exhibitions | 9/25/15 to 4/24/17
American History Museum
American potters and glassmakers were at the forefront of producing decorative wares that appealed to the growing market for Arts and Crafts design, popular between 1880 and 1910. This display highlights the design movement that embraced the ideals of superior craftsmanship, naturalistic ornamentation and living with beauty in the home. Among the manufacturers featured are the Steuben Glass Works, Phoenix Glass Company, Rookwood Pottery, Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company, Biloxi Art Pottery, Paul Revere Pottery, and Matt Morgan Art Pottery. – si.edu/Exhibitions/Details/Art-Pottery-and-Glass-in-America-1880s-1920s-5584