Ceramike - Background Information
 

Victorian and Albert Museum 2010

William Staite-Murray vase Bryan Newman charger Jim Malone large tenmoku jug
1960-1980 pots in the Twentieth Century Ceramics gallery
View across the Twentieth Century Ceramics gallery
1940-1960 pots in the Twentieth Century Ceramics gallery
1940-1960 pots in the Twentieth Century Ceramics gallery
Bernard Leach tiles
1940-1960 - Pioneer potters in England and Japan
View across the Twentieth Century Ceramics gallery
The domed ceiling in the Contemporary Ceramics gallery featuring Edward de Waal's installation of porcelain vessels
Large scale pots in the Contemporary Ceramics gallery
Large scale pots in the Contemporary Ceramics gallery

View across the exhibition
View across the exhibition

Since my last visit back in 2004 the studio ceramics galleries at the V and A have undergone a transformation. Gone are the old wooden cabinets so typical of museums in the past, in their place huge glass display cases show off the V and A's important collection of pots to great effect. The old parquet floor is still there but everything else has changed and very much for the better.

The Contemporary Ceramics gallery has a high domed ceiling from which Edmund de Wall's Signs and Wonders installation looks down onto a display of large scale ceramics.

The Twentieth Century Studio Ceramics gallery features an extensive collection demonstrating the development of the studio pottery movement. Many of the pots here have been illustrated in the literature, it was good to see them in the flesh.

The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery focuses on methods and techniques of ceramic production. It has a large working workshop and a very large exhibition space. In one corner, Lucie Rie's workshop has been recreated and a fascinating film of David Attenborough talking to Lucie in her workshop runs on a nearby monitor.

1960-1980 pots in the Twentieth Century Ceramics gallery
Late 20C pots in the Twentieth Century Ceramics gallery
Reconstruction of Lucie Rie's workshop in the Timothy Sainsbury Gallery
Lucie Rie's wheel
The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery
View across the Twentieth Century Ceramics gallery
Hamada bottle, Bernard Leach vase and Hans Coper vase
Pots from 1900 onwards in the Twentieth Century Ceramics gallery
Early earthenware from the Leach pottery in St. Ives
Wally Keeler 'kits' in the Timothy Sainsbury Gallery