Artistry in Action

Discover the artistry behind the decorative arts during our WMODA After Dark event on March 7th. Watch expert artists and craftsmen at work as they demonstrate the skills involved in throwing and hand-painting pottery, fusing glass, and making silver jewelry. Consider whether you would like to try making a work

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Polikoff Library

WMODA is very proud to have received the Victor and Muriel Polikoff Library for the study of Wedgwood and Related English Ceramics. The late Victor and Muriel Polikoff were ardent collectors and scholars of Wedgwood and this very generous gift will enable the museum to offer greater educational resources to

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Venetian Masks

Authentic Venetian carnival masks will be a highlight of our Sensational Saturdays October 27th. Demonstrations will be presented by Balocoloc Artisans of Venice, makers of traditional masks for over 40 years, from 12pm to 3pm. One of their mask makers, Matteo Montagner, will explain the processes used by the traditional

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Zany Love Stories

With Valentine’s Day approaching we are highlighting the love stories from the Commedia dell’Arte which feature in our latest exhibition Carnival & Cabaret and its spectacular Lladró centerpiece. All the performances of the Italian comedy revolved around young lovers, the Innamorati,  who are continually thwarted by their parents, notably Pantalone

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Serpentine Ceramics

When Louise Irvine was curating Biophilia ǀ The Elements at WMODA, she was surprised to find lots of serpentine designs in the ceramics collection to display with Christopher Marley’s snake specimens. For instance, the Wedgwood Fairyland Lustre Tree Serpent design depicts a snake coiling around a tree and shooting out

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Generous Gifts

Some of the most striking exhibits in Carnival & Cabaret have been loaned or donated to the museum by collectors who wish to support our mission of celebrating and preserving the fired arts of ceramics and arts. Jeff and Penny Spellens of California recently acquired the rarest version of the

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Black History Month

February is Black History month and at WMODA we are exploring how the Zulus have honored their heritage at Ardmore Ceramic Art in South Africa. As well as all the whimsical safari animals and vases decorated with local flora and fauna on display at the museum, the Ardmore sculptors have

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The Golden Years of Goldscheider

Goldscheider production was interrupted during World War One but the roaring twenties saw a glittering revival thanks mainly to Marcel Goldscheider who became technical and artistic director having studied ceramic art in Vienna, France and England. A new decorative technique for Viennese Faience was patented in 1923 which combined underglaze

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Goldscheider’s Golden Debut

Goldscheider of Vienna now has a greater prominence at WMODA museum thanks to the generosity of Arthur Wiener and other keen collectors. The Goldscheider family first became involved in the ceramics business in the 1870s.  One of their ancestors was the foremost gold refiner and alchemist in Prague during the

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Adam & Eve

Adam and Eve were the first man and woman according to the creation myths. In the Bible, God formed Adam from dust and placed him in the Garden of Eden where he is told he can eat freely except from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Eve

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