So last week I took the lift to the sixth floor of the Victoria & Albert Museum and walked the whole length of the V&A - from end to end and round the corner - because that's how big the galleries need to be that house the V&A's Ceramics Collection. It's very very difficult to give you a sense of how the galleries just keep going one after the other.
|View of part of Room 136|
To say that the V&A collection of ceramics is monumental would be a gross understatement.
It's spectacular, it's staggering and it's stashed several pieces deep in very tall and very deep display cabinets which line the gallery walls - and the occupy the middle as well.
In fact, as the website says.....
Here are links to some of the explanations of what the Galleries (Rooms 133-145) have to offerThe V&A houses the greatest and most comprehensive collection of Ceramics in the world.
Below is a picture essay of some of the objects I photographed in the galleries.
Plant Motifs and Art (#2) at the V&A) and the green celadon ware of Japan, China and Korea for some time - but the programme made me think I needed to widen my horizons and find out more.
|some celadon pieces|
|However colours can also be a lot more bold - these were from China I think|
|The colours cross the centuries. These are I think from the 20th century|
This is a small part of the Majolica Collection.
|Majolica 1500-1575 (aka as 'maiolica')|
|Stoneware, Lead glazed earthenware - between 1300 and 1700|
|This is earthenware by Bernard Palisy - made between 1565 and 1585|
Lead-glazed earthenware with cast, moulded and applied decoration and coloured lead glazes
My favourite is on the right - but I'd not seen the smaller one (with frogs) on the left before. This is 'probably made by Palisy or follower' status
This was from the section devoted to painting porcelain. I loved how the artists kept their equivalent of a set of colour charts for mixes and tonal values of different colours on a plate and cup
It was something of a surprise to get to the 20th century section and find that I recognised quite a few of the items in the display cases! (I'm that old!).
If you'd like to see more of the two judges of 'Pottery Bakeoff' as I like to call it - these are their websites - worth taking a look.
- Kate Malone's work is sensational! I think the reason I like it a lot if that she and I are visually stimulated by the same sort of natural objects
- Keith Brymer Jones's pieces are a lot nearer to the commercial end of potting - he's the man behind all those pottery mugs and plates with one word imprinted on to them