It’s in the Book!

Richard Dennis has been publishing books for collectors about ceramics and glass for over 40 years. More than 80 titles have been printed by Richard Dennis Publications and they are written by people passionate about their subjects. Most of their Royal Doulton titles were produced by Louise Irvine, the Executive

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A Fantastic Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, a hundred years ago, Elsie Wright and her cousin Francis Griffiths borrowed a camera and took photographs of each other posing with fairies at the bottom of their garden. They claimed they often saw them beside the stream in the village of Cottingley in Yorkshire. Looking

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Good Sir Toby

The first toby jugs were inspired by Toby Fillpot, a ‘thirsty old soul’ who excelled in boozing and appeared in an old English song of 1761, entitled the Brown Jug. His corpulent frame was modeled into jug form by early potters and led to the English tradition of drinking jugs

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Articulate 2018-2019

WMODA is proud of our ongoing partnership with the fascinating TV show Articulate, hosted by Jim Cotter. Season four of the Emmy® Award-winning public television series premiered locally in January on WPBT/South Florida PBS. Articulate’s unique style features authors, dancers, sculptors, poets, musicians and other unique talented professionals. The show

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Venetian Arts Café Society

Café Society at WMODA Café Society came to WMODA on April 11, courtesy of the Venetian Arts Society. Jazz sensation Nicole Henry entertained a full house for a cabaret style performance, which echoed the early 20th century nightclubs featured in our Carnival & Cabaret exhibit. The performing arts combined beautifully

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Primavera

We were thrilled to meet Laurence Gartel, the ‘Father of Digital Art’, at our recent Sensational Saturday event. He came to hear his friend Lloyd Goradesky talk about his latest work Let Love Guide Your Way. Now Laurence has fallen in love with all the Fired Arts at WMODA. He

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Rabbiting On

With Easter approaching the shops are full of fluffy bunnies but how did the rabbit come to be associated with this religious festival? It all stems from the confusion between rabbits and hares, which were sacred to Eastre, the Anglo-Saxon Goddess of Spring. Ritual hare hunts were held to placate

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Poems in Pottery

In National Poetry Month, we are featuring some rare Royal Doulton figures with verses from famous children’s poems. Poetry for children captures the essence of childhood, the fun, the laughter and the tears. Poetry can ignite a passion for the spoken and written word as young readers explore their imaginations

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Stephen Rolfe Powell

Stephen Rolfe Powell (1951-2019) We are celebrating the life of one of the great American glass artists, Stephen Rolfe Powell who died suddenly at his home in Kentucky on March 16 at the age of 67. Steve was due to demonstrate at the Glass Art Society conference in St. Petersburg

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Minton in the Movies

In a previous Highlights, we talked about the Minton Mermaids jardinière in the WMODA collection that appears in the musical movie Annie. Now we have spotted Minton china cachepots in two classic movies. The Minton cachepots were obviously favored Hollywood studio props to suggest opulence and glamour. In Pillow Talk

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