Winterthur Ceramics Conference

Image Is Everything! Ceramics and the People Who Owned Them


April 24–25, 2014


This year’s conference considers how past owners interacted with their ceramics, whether they were acquiring fashionable new dinnerware or figures during the 1700s or, later, were researching and collecting antiques. Join Winterthur and an international cast of scholars as they study both Chinese and Western ceramics and their contexts over time.

Experience lectures presenting new research as well as hands-on workshops offering up-close access to the Winterthur collection. The speakers and formal lectures include:

Dr. Jan Daniël van Dam, Senior Curator Ceramics & Glass, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (1989–2012)
The History of Dutch Ceramics Influenced by Chinese and Japanese Porcelain, 1600–1800
and European Redwares: Drinking Tea in Holland, England, and Germany, 1680–1920

Leslie B. Grigsby, Senior Curator, Ceramics & Glass, Winterthur
The Image of Perfection: Ceramic Figures as a Reflection of 18th- and 19th-Century Society

Ron Fuchs, Curator of the Reeves Collection, Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA
The Euchlin and Louise Reeves’ Collection of Chinese Export and European Ceramics

Thomas Michie, Russell B. and Andrée Beauchamp Stearns Senior Curator of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
“Bought of Nobody for Almost Nothing”: Anne Allen Ives and China Collecting in 19th-Century New England

Al Luckenbach
, Anne Arundel County Archaeologist
Ceramics from The Lost Towns in Maryland, 1650–1730

Julie Emerson, The Ruth J. Nutt Curator of Decorative Arts, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
West Meets East: The Evolution of the Ceramics Collections at the Seattle Art Museum


To learn more about the conference, please call 800.448.3883 or view the conference brochure. For additional information on scholarships, download the scholarship application.

*Registration begins January 21, 2014.



Image above: Gift of the William P. Harbeson Trust 1972.0340; Gift of Leo A. and Doris C. Hodroff 2000.0061.092; Gift of Thomas N. and A. Pat Bernard 2002.0030.050; Gift of Leo A. and Doris C. Hodroff 2001.0029.0031; Bequest of Henry Francis du Pont 1967.1626; Gift of Thomas N. and A. Pat Bernard 2002.0030.131; and Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew C. Rose 2003.0034

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