February Highlights

In this issue... Generous Gifts Venetian Masks Zany Love Stories Serpentine Ceramics Black History Month The Golden Years of Goldscheider Goldscheider’s Golden Debut Adam & Eve

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Make Your Own Mask

The Chihuly gallery at the Wiener Museum was the setting for a very successful glass class on the afternoon of Friday, February 9th. Fashion designer and fused glass teacher, Chelsea Rousso, led the class ably assisted by Anne Orvieto and Lori Brown. Eighteen students made Venetian style wall masks of

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Venetian Masquerade at WMODA

Carnival is now in full swing in Venice and today, February 8th, is the “Ballad of the Masks” with the procession of the black bull in St. Mark’s Square. Last night the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts held its own version of a Venetian masquerade as part of the current

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Polikoff Library

WMODA is very proud to have received the Victor and Muriel Polikoff Library for the study of Wedgwood and Related English Ceramics. The late Victor and Muriel Polikoff were ardent collectors and scholars of Wedgwood and this very generous gift will enable the museum to offer greater educational resources to

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Venetian Masks

Authentic Venetian carnival masks will be a highlight of our Masquerade party on Wednesday, February 7th. The exhibit is presented by Balocoloc Artisans of Venice, makers of traditional masks for over 40 years. One of their mask makers, Matteo Montagner, will explain the processes used by the traditional mascherero in

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Zany Love Stories

With Valentine’s Day approaching we are highlighting the love stories from the Commedia dell’Arte which feature in our latest exhibition Carnival & Cabaret and its spectacular Lladró centerpiece. All the performances of the Italian comedy revolved around young lovers, the Innamorati,  who are continually thwarted by their parents, notably Pantalone

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Serpentine Ceramics

When Louise Irvine was curating Biophilia ǀ The Elements at WMODA, she was surprised to find lots of serpentine designs in the ceramics collection to display with Christopher Marley’s snake specimens. For instance, the Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Tree Serpent design depicts a snake coiling around a tree and shooting out

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Generous Gifts

Some of the most striking exhibits in Carnival & Cabaret have been loaned or donated to the museum by collectors who wish to support our mission of celebrating and preserving the fired arts of ceramics and arts. Jeff and Penny Spellens of California recently acquired the rarest version of the

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Black History Month

February is Black History month and at WMODA we are exploring how the Zulus have honored their heritage at Ardmore Ceramic Art in South Africa. As well as all the whimsical safari animals and vases decorated with local flora and fauna on display at the museum, the Ardmore sculptors have

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The Golden Years of Goldscheider

Goldscheider production was interrupted during World War One but the roaring twenties saw a glittering revival thanks mainly to Marcel Goldscheider who became technical and artistic director having studied ceramic art in Vienna, France and England. A new decorative technique for Viennese Faience was patented in 1923 which combined underglaze

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