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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Goldscheider’s Golden Debut

Goldscheider of Vienna now has a greater prominence at WMODA museum thanks to the generosity of Arthur Wiener and other keen collectors. The Goldscheider family first became involved in the ceramics business in the 1870s.  One of their ancestors was the foremost gold refiner and alchemist in Prague during the

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Adam & Eve

Adam and Eve were the first man and woman according to the creation myths. In the Bible, God formed Adam from dust and placed him in the Garden of Eden where he is told he can eat freely except from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Eve

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Carnival & Cabaret Opening

Friends of WMODA were out in force for the opening of the Carnival & Cabaret exhibition on January 17th.  Louise Irvine, Executive Director & Curator, introduced the exhibition and its spectacular centerpiece Carnival in Venice by Lladró. Our guest of honor was David Farin, who collected many of the porcelain

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January Highlights

In this issue... Masquerade PartiesThe Magic of MuranoA Porcelain PerformanceFashion ButterfliesCandlemas Day

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PBS Victoria Preview Screening & Afternoon Tea

The Wiener Museum was the setting for a wonderful afternoon tea party hosted by South Florida PBS on January 11th to preview the second season of Victoria. More than 16 million viewers tuned into Victoria’s premiere season making it the highest rated drama on PBS, second only to Downton Abbey.

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