Author Archives: Louise Irvine

The Great Dragon

The Great Dragon by Lladró is one of the showstoppers at WMODA. The museum piece is a unique colorway of the High Porcelain sculpture modeled by Francisco Polope in 2008. In Chinese culture, dragons are powerful and benevolent symbols unlike … Continue reading
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Rainbow Glass

Toots Zynsky pioneered a technique for weaving thousands of fine glass threads into undulating shapes which she calls filet de verre. Her preference for vibrant, opaque glass creates a painterly use of color. “It’s really like painting”, says Toots. “It … Continue reading
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The Lion’s Share

Visitors to WMODA often ask about the majestic lion which greets them at reception. The terracotta lion was modeled by John Broad for Royal Doulton and some were originally sited beside statues of Queen Victoria which were erected in Britain … Continue reading
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The Dancer

The Dancer was gifted to WMODA by Caroline D’Antonio and is one of the rarest Royal Doulton figures in the collection. It was modeled by Charles J. Noke after the dancer Loïe Fuller, who was the toast of the Folies … Continue reading
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Bubbles

The Fairyland Lustre collection at WMODA is one of the most comprehensive in the world. Virtually every shape and pattern made by the Wedgwood factory during the 1920s is on display. Now, one of the sought after designs has joined … Continue reading
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A Visit to Ardmore

The highlight of my travels to South Africa is always a visit to Ardmore Ceramic Art in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Although I have been there many times, I never cease to be enthralled by the wit and ingenuity of Fée … Continue reading
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Brilliant Glass from Brazil

We are delighted to feature the glass art of Eduardo and Elizabeth Prado in our Touch of Glass exhibition at WMODA. This talented couple recently moved to the USA from their native Brazil where they were pioneers of the studio … Continue reading
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Pictures in Pottery

One of the most popular artworks at WMODA is Sympathy by the Minton pottery, which depicts a little girl being comforted by her dog as she takes some time out on the naughty step. The pottery plaque hangs in the … Continue reading
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Swimwear for Summer

Rainy days in Florida bring visitors flocking to WMODA. When you can’t sunbathe in your new swimsuit you can enjoy the beach fashions of your parents and grandparents in our Flair for Fashion exhibition. This popular show will close at … Continue reading
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Proud as a Peacock

This gorgeous porcelain peacock by Nymphenburg is one of the latest acquisitions at WMODA. In the late 19th century, the peacock became an icon of the Aesthetic movement, which emphasized the importance of art above everything else in daily life. … Continue reading
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