All Buttoned Up

Did you play with buttons in your grandmother’s box? Many children treasured them as if they were jewels and have gone on to become avid collectors. As you can see, London’s Pearly Kings & Queens have gone to extremes with buttons. There are some very rare buttons dating back to

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Beauty Beyond Nature

Paul Stankard is recognized internationally for his reinvention of the traditional glass paperweight. A highly skilled scientific glassblower, Paul began to study his local flora in the 1960s and encased his detailed observations in glass with a flame worker’s torch. Nestling in clear glass globes and cubes are tiny glass

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Sensational Saturday Nov. 17

It was a FANTASTIQUE Sensational Saturday at WMODA on November 17. Louise Irvine introduced the enchanted world of the fired arts in our new fantasy exhibit and screened Tom Joule’s new movie about the dark side of Wedgwood’s Fairyland Lustre. Kimberly Sheridan’s insightful docent tours were as popular as ever

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October Highlights

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It was Fantastique

We had a Fantastique event at WMODA on Saturday, October 27! A Bacchanalian god, goddess and beautiful nymphs mingled with spooky witches and a big cat! Many of the visiting artists, volunteers and staff were in costume for the occasion which added a lot of fun to our fantasy theme.

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A Spooky Story

For Halloween we are highlighting the spookiest pieces in the new Fantastique exhibition. The Spook figure was modeled by Harry Tittensor for Royal Doulton in 1916. Spook, derived from Dutch, is a synonym for a ghost or an apparition. The Wiener collection must be haunted as the Spook appears in

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Salt of the Earth

Elaine Cooper, who passed away this year, made many firm friends around the world as a passionate collector of Royal Doulton, particularly salts. She shared her enthusiasm for collecting on several Collectors Cruises and published a reference book on Doulton Open Salts in 2009. Elaine’s book on the subject features

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Daisy’s Dark Side

Most visions of Fairyland conjure up images of ethereal sprites with diaphanous dresses and gossamer wings dancing around toadstools in an enchanted wood. However, Wedgwood’s Fairyland Lustre by Daisy Makeig-Jones features imps, goblins, demon trees, and spiders that eat babies. Daisy’s denizens of Fairyland tend to be grotesque and freakish

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As Good as Gold

Two glistening golden luster plaques depicting fabulous creatures greet visitors at the entrance to our new exhibit Fantastique. They are the work of William de Morgan, a Victorian Arts & Crafts designer who revived the ancient art of metallic luster painting on pottery. De Morgan often escaped into an imaginary

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Myths & Meissen

Porcelain was so desirable that it was once known as ‘white gold’ and was traded around the world by the Chinese, who perfected the art 2,000 years ago. The method of making it was unknown to Europeans until the Meissen factory near Dresden began making ‘true’ porcelain in 1710. Meissen

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