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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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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Art Deco Glass

Art Deco Glass René Lalique is the most celebrated Art Deco designer in glass. He began to experiment with decorative glass in the early 1900s and opened a store in the famed Place Vendome in 1905. There he sold jewelry and decorative glass objets d’art inspired by his lifetime love

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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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