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Director of UCA’s Crafts Study Centre co-curates major US exhibition on modern British ceramics

A UCA ceramics expert, and the director of our Crafts Study Centre, has co-curated the first survey of modern British studio pottery in the United States. The exhibition will open at the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) on Tuesday 12 September, before it is transferred to the Fitzwilliam Museum, at the University of Cambridge, next year.

UCA’s Professor Simon Olding joined co-curators from the YCBA Martina Droth, Deputy Director of Research and Curator of Sculputre, and Dr Glenn Adamson, Senior Research Scholar, to curate "Things of Beauty Growing": British Studio Pottery. The exhibition will showcase almost 150 ceramic objects including vases and bowls.

Professor Olding says: “The significance of this collection is that it traces how ceramic objects have evolved and transformed since the turn of the twentieth century. The practice of studio pottery is very much alive and relevant today and, while the exhibition looks at British ceramics, the international appeal of the art on display is highlighted by the incredible journey that many of the pots and potters have been on, including through Europe, Asia and Africa.”

A specialist university museum and research centre, our Crafts Study Centre is home to internationally renowned collections of modern British craft and is one of the largest museum lenders to the exhibition at Yale.

Professor Olding, who also co-edited, with Adamson and Droth, the Yale University Press catalogue accompanying the exhibition, adds: “In particular, "Things of Beauty Growing": British Studio Pottery explores the vessel form and how it has evolved over the years, examining the major typologies that have defined British studio pottery over the past century.”

The foreword to the catalogue was written by the Chair of UCA's Craft Study Centre, Alison Britton, and UCA Emerita Professor Magdalene Odundo will join the panel discussion at the opening of the exhibition.

The Yale Center for British Art at Yale University is home to the most comprehensive collection of British art outside the UK, including paintings, sculptures and prints.

To find out more about "Things of Beauty Growing": British Studio Pottery, please visit the website.