Candlemas Day

The festival of Candlemas on February 2nd is a blend of pagan rites, Christian ceremonial, and popular customs. Candlemas Day marks the end of the mid-winter Christmas celebrations and was strikingly portrayed  in Wedgwood’s Fairyland Lustre collection by Daisy Makeig Jones. The Candlemas festival is derived from an ancient Roman ceremony

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December Highlights

In this issue... Emblems of the Soul... Biophilia – The Buzz... Christmas Waits... Carnival in Venice... Roger Cockram, In his element... Trimming the Tree...

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Wiener Museum Margaret Thompson Fairy Bluebells

Emblems of the Soul

The butterfly has been a source of wonder and a metaphor for spiritual beliefs since ancient times. It has been a symbol of love, death, rebirth, and transformation in many cultures and religions. In Greek myth Psyche, the goddess of the soul, was depicted with butterfly wings. The butterfly also symbolizes

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Biophilia – The Buzz

There’s a buzz about Ardmore at WMODA. Their artist Fiso Radebe demonstrated his painting skills at the November’s WMODA Wednesday. Now some unusual Ardmore pieces are featured in the exhibit Christopher Marley ǀ Biophilia. Marley’s dialogue with art, nature and science is presented in the style of a Cabinet of

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Wiener Museum Christmas Waits

Christmas Waits

Christmas Waits were bands of street musicians who formed during the holiday season to play carols around their community in hopes of raising money. The performances were variable and not always appreciated as can be seen in George Tinworth’s Waits Water mouse group at WMODA. From medieval times until the

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Wiener Museum Carnival Venice Lladro Musicians Colombina

Carnival in Venice

The largest porcelain work of art ever created by Lladró of Spain was unveiled at the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts on January 17th. Carnival in Venice is a work of great complexity, almost five feet long and comprising 450 porcelain parts. 35 artists worked over a period of 5

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Roger Cockram, In his element

Water is Roger Cockram’s element and ideas for his work in porcelain and stoneware spring from observations that he makes of the sea. He also harnesses the other elements of fire, air and earth to create his striking ceramic art. With his long grey beard, he looks a bit like

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Wiener Museum Wedgwood Christmas 2017 Portland Vase

Trimming the Tree

Originally, Christmas Trees were decorated with edible delights, such as gingerbread, sweets, and apples, illuminated with candles. In the mid-19th century, a German glassmaker began to produce small hand-blown ornaments in the shape of fruits and nuts. These became popular in England after Queen Victoria’s German husband popularized the Christmas

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The Artists of Ardmore

The Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts was delighted to welcome Fiso Radebe, an Ardmore artist from South Africa on November 15th. Fiso is one of the bright young stars of the Ardmore studio and he was the star of our Wednesday at WMODA evening as he demonstrated his painting skills

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Out of Africa into WMODA

There are many wise African sayings about unity and community. Ardmore Ceramic Art in South Africa works in the spirit of Ubuntu, meaning we are because of others. Another African proverb advises “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” The Ardmore

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