2021 Programming

January 17, 2021

Dr. Jeffrey Ruda, Emeritus of Art History, University of California Davis
Flowers from Fire:  Art Nouveau Ceramics at the Crocker Art Museum

Caption: Gerhard Heilmann, 1859-1946, decoration Royal Copenhagen, Denmark Vase, 1893 Porcelain, 41 cm high Private collection (SFCC photo)

Flowing, “whiplash” curves are a hallmark of French Art Nouveau; but designers traded ideas internationally, and this Danish vase is on pace with the appearance of that style in Paris.

February 21, 2021

Patricia Knight, San Francisco Ceramic Circle member and specialist in British and German ceramics
Melding Art Pottery and Commercial Design: The life and times of Frederick Hurten Rhead

Caption: Frederick Hurten Rhead, 1880-1942, design & decoration Weller Pottery Company Vase, c. 1904 Earthenware, 27.3 cm high SFCC member collection and photo

March 21, 2021

Dr. Marietta Cambareri, Curator of Decorative Arts & Sculpture and Jetskalina H. Phillips Curator of Judaica, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
“Let me try now to interest you in the Majolica and Robbia ware”: Italian Renaissance Ceramics at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Caption: Giovanni della Robbia, 1469 – 1529? Head of Flora, c. 1500 Glazed terracotta, 17.5 cm high Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, gift of Zoe Oliver Sherman (SFCC photo)

April 18, 2021

Elizabeth Williams, David and Peggy Rockefeller Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, Rhode Island School of Design Museum
Slither, Crawl and Claw: Creatures and Ceramics

Caption: Chelsea Porcelain Factory, London Dessert dish, c. 1755  Porcelain with enamels and glaze, 28.6 cm long Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Gift of Mrs. Sigmund J. Katz (museum photo)

MAY 16, 2021

Nicholas Dawes, Heritage Auctions, New York
Enlightenment in the Staffordshire Potteries

Caption: Model attributed to William Hackwood, c. 1757-1839 Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Am I Not a Man and a Brother, c. 1787-90. Unglazed stoneware (jasper), 2.7 cm Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Norman D. Jordan (SFCC photo)

September 26, 2021

SFCC Pot Night: annual business meeting, report from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and member’s show and tell.
Online via Zoom.

October 17, 2021

Leslie B. Grigsby Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass, Winterthur Museum
The Image of Perfection: Ceramic Figures as a Reflection of Society



Caption: Unknown maker, Staffordshire Bacchus and Ariadne (or Priapus and a Maenad), c. 1790-1810
Earthenware (pearlware), 25 inches high Winterthur Museum, gift of Thomas N. and A. Pat Bernard (museum photo)

November 21, 2021

Lucy Lead, Archivist, V&A Collection at World of Wedgwood, Barlaston, England
Inside the Wedgwood Archive

Caption: Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Detail, Second Wedgwood Pattern Book, c. 1811
The Wedgwood Archive (photo © Fiskars, https://www.vam.ac.uk/info/va-wedgwood-collection)