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Not Just Another Pretty Vase: The Story of American Art Pottery

October 20, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Don Hall with pottery examples

Don Hall with pottery examplesWhat is it about pottery that makes it ART pottery? Don Hall, a researcher from Rochester, New York, will show how the art pottery movement began in the late 1870s as a result of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, the writings of English design theorists, and the fashionable women’s hobby of china painting. Pottery styles changed during the following decades, sometimes leading popular taste, and sometimes following it, but always remaining contemporary with the times. Van Briggle pottery from the Fenyes-Curtin-Paloheimo Collection as well as works of the Rookwood Pottery of Cincinnati, Tiffany, and others will serve as specific examples.

This is the second of three programs in the Age of Elegance Lecture Series in which the public is invited to join Pasadena Museum of History volunteers for an intriguing new series focused on the artistry and lifestyle of the Edwardian period and its continued impact on Pasadena. Each lecture will be preceded by a short presentation on the many ways you can share the vibrant history, culture, and arts of Pasadena by volunteering with students on educational field trips, becoming a docent in the 1906 Fenyes Mansion, assisting with lectures and events, or working in the Research Library & Archives.

The Age of Elegance Lectures are supported in part with funds received from the Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Foundation. They will beheld off site at the historic 1929 Maxwell House, home of the Western Justice Center, 55 South Grand Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105. The lectures are free; advance reservations are required and may be made online. Make reservations for the October 20 program at http://donhalllecture.bpt.me

Additional Age of Elegance lectures: Thursday, September 28, 11:00 am – Grace Nicholson: Pasadena’s Merchant Princess, and Wednesday, November 8, 11:00 am – Etiquette & Lifestyle in the Age of Elegance.

Image: Don Hall surrounded by Fulper pottery (Flemington, NJ) and Rookwood pottery (Cincinnati, OH).


October 20, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Pasadena Museum of History


The Maxwell House
55 S. Grand Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105 United States
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