Knock Me Down with a Feather

by Louise Irvine Ostriches in Ceramic Art I have been fascinated by ostriches since my childhood. I treasured a photograph of my grandma riding an ostrich that she sent to me after she went to live in South Africa when I was a little girl. Sadly, I didn’t get a

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The Human Form Divine

George White painted “the human form divine with beauty, grace, and delicacy” according to Doulton’s Art Director, Charles J. Noke. He also had the “unusual power of fixing the personality of his subject and caught the likeness which is more than could be said of many who profess to paint

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The Wiener Legacy at WMODA

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” In this spirit, Arthur Wiener is donating most of his ceramics and glass art collection to the Wiener Museum of Decorative Art in South Florida and has funded its establishment

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Across the Pond

I have been enjoying a visit back home in London this May. Not only have we been able to catch up with our son Ben and his wife Anna, both busy doctors, but we have seen some exciting exhibitions featuring our WMODA favorites. Top of our list was a visit

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International Museum Day

Around 400 visitors celebrated International Museum Day at WMODA on May 18. Many brought their family heirlooms for evaluation by Linda Saft ISA AM at our popular Treasure or Trash event. She was particularly struck by an incredible Imari charger decorated with rabbits and a beautiful pair of Old Paris

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VoyageMIA Feature of Louise Irvine

  Louise Irvine, the Executive Director & Curator of WMODA, was interviewed recently for VoyageMIA magazine which features inspirational stories in our community. Every neighborhood in South Florida has its own vibe, style, culture and history. VoyageMIA features various neighborhoods and what they all have in common.  From South Beach

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Women in Culture

The theme of this year’s Museum Week is ‘Women in Culture’ and so we are celebrating the woman behind one of the most popular collections at WMODA, Ardmore Ceramic Art. Fée Halsted has been nurturing artistic talent in the Natal Midlands of South Africa since 1985 and has trained more

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Chihuly & Chocolate

The Art on Fire exhibit continues to be a huge attraction at WMODA. Some of Chihuly’s collaborators and students in this show go back to his early days at Pilchuck Glass School, which he cofounded in 1971. Now a Seattle chocolate company, Jcoco has created a gift set in homage

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Victoria 200

Queen Victoria was born on May 24, 1819 and her 200th anniversary is being celebrated at exhibitions and events in the UK throughout the year. At WMODA, we have paid homage to Her Majesty at elegant afternoon tea parties to debut the Victoria PBS series. Much of the ceramic art

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Inspirational Shells

A sea shell inspired the naming of porcelain. When Marco Polo, the Venetian traveler, first saw gleaming Chinese porcelain at the court of Kublai Khan in the 13th century, the color and texture reminded him of the cowry shell known as porcellana. Cowry shells were used as currency in China,

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