Chihuly’s Poetic Persians

Chihuly describes his Persians as poetic experimental glass forms – an exploration of form, shape and color with asymmetrical swirling patterns. He used his translucent Persian floriforms to great effect for large scale wall installations like the one at WMODA, which was formerly at the Postrio restaurant in San Francisco

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The Menagerie

This Doulton clock, teeming with mice enjoying a Menagerie show, is the latest addition to our Carnival & Cabaret exhibit, courtesy of collector Don Kendall. Coincidentally, the last living link to the tradition of traveling menagerie shows died last month in Paris. Rosa Bouglione, the doyenne of the European circus,

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Diana & Endymion

Wedgwood blue and white Jasper ware is the most iconic style of British ceramic art at WMODA. Jasper was the result of years of experimentation by Josiah Wedgwood in the early 1770s. His goal was to find a ceramic body for decorating the fashionable neo-classical interiors of the period. The

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A Bizarre Affair

Clarice Cliff was the diva of British Art Deco ceramics and a pioneering woman in the Staffordshire Pottery industry. She was the first woman to be appointed Art Director of a major company and she designed both the shapes and the patterns for commercial tableware, traditionally a male domain. Clarice

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Masquerade

As we prepare for our Fantastique exhibition at WMODA, we are discovering how mask-wearing has retained its appeal from ancient Greek theater via the Venetian Carnival and decadent cabarets of Europe to the Halloween parties of today. The word mask descends from the old French masque, meaning a face covering.

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Cinderella’s Arrival

Cinderella will be arriving at our new Fantastique exhibition on October 27. She is one of several spectacular Lladró High Porcelain pieces being featured in our celebration of fairy tales, myths and legends. A pair of Lladró Great Dragons will guard the entrance to our “Enchanted World of Ceramic Art”.

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Wearable Wedgwood

          In the past we’ve featured Wedgwood shoe heels, now buttons are in the spotlight. Wedgwood Jasper ware buttons date back to the 18th century. They were made in a variety of sizes and were mounted in copper, steel and sometimes pearl. An impressive collection of

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Beach Police

While you soak up the rays in your teeny bikini this summer, spare a thought for the bathing suit pioneers of the early 1900s. Annette Kellermann, the Australian swimmer and movie star, advocated one-piece fitted bathing suits for women. In 1907, at the height of her popularity, she was arrested

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Pleased as Punch

We’re delighted with the popularity of our Carnival & Cabaret exhibition and we’re “pleased as Punch” to highlight one of the most colorful characters in the show. Discover how the grotesque Pulcinello from the Italian commedia dell’Arte became a popular children’s character in the traditional Punch & Judy puppet show.

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Wearable Glass

At WMODA, we are fascinated by wearable glass and we have several pieces by Chelsea Rousso on display. Chelsea is a fashion writer, teacher and fused glass artist. She weaves ribbons and strands of glass into female forms some of which are designed to be worn. Guests at our WMODA

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