Wednesday 7th July 2021 – The Secret Story of Ruskin Pottery

The Secret Story of Ruskin Pottery

Ruskin Pottery

Ruskin Pottery

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Wednesday 7th July 2021

Sally Hoban

At the beginning of the 20th century the Ruskin Pottery in Smethwick was producing some of the most innovative and beautiful art pottery in the world.

Named in honour of the art critic John Ruskin, the pottery was set up by Edward Richard Taylor, Headmaster of the Birmingham Municipal School of Art. It was later taken over by his son William Howson Taylor. The company won international awards and even royalty invested in pieces for their collections.

Collectors today are prepared to pay thousands of pounds for the finest pieces of Ruskin Pottery, yet the story of the factory is little known. This lecture will introduce us to the secrets of Ruskin Pottery and its beautiful ceramics.

Dr Sally Hoban has lectured extensively on art, design and antiques throughout the UK and at The University of Birmingham. She has broadcast on BBC Antiques Roadshow, BBC Two, BBC Four and BBC Radio 4 and her publications include the book Miller’s Collecting Modern Design.

She currently runs her own antiques businesses, specialising in nineteenth and twentieth century decorative arts, and antique and vintage clothing and textiles.

This lecture will follow the AGM at 1:30pm