Make Your Own Mardi Gras Mask

Join glass artist Chelsea Rousso at her January workshops to make your own fused glass mask in time for Mardi Gras. You can choose to attend one workshop on January 11th to create a display mask which will be fired flat. Or you can attend two sessions, the second on

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Merlin’s Magic

Merlin’s Magic Merlin is working his magic in our new Fantastique exhibition. The Great Enchanter from the Arthurian Legend first cast a spell on our founder Arthur Wiener over 50 years ago. A Royal Doulton character jug of Merlin was the first piece he ever bought. The Wiener collection began

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Here Be Dragons

The new Fantastique exhibit has a ‘thunder’ of dragons on display to use the collective term. There are Eastern and Western dragons plus many other hybrid serpentine monsters from the mythologies of the world, including Wyverns and the mystical Ouroborous. Chinese Dragons The five-clawed Chinese dragon was a spiritual and

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Glazed Expressions

Among the most admired objects at WMODA are the two circular tables with tiled tops by the Moorcroft pottery. One is in the Arts & Crafts gallery and the other is the centerpiece of the Art of Tea exhibit. They are the perfect style for afternoon tea for two, Victorian

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An Elephant in the Room

Our latest Ardmore acquisition is a monumental urn, 31 inches tall, featuring elephants and rhinos, which is now on display in our Ardmore room. It’s hard to believe that these giants of the animal kingdom are being slaughtered in huge numbers for their ivory. The World Wildlife fund urges us

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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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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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