Sunday, 8 February 2015

Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics at the V&A Museum

A fascinating ceramics display has recently opened in a lovely little gallery on the 6th floor of the V&A Museum. Blue and White: British Printed Ceramics looks at one of the most familiar aspects of ceramics.

Detail from "Border" designed by Robert Dawson
Made by Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, 2005
Originating in Iran and perfected in China, blue and white ceramics have been made for over 800 years. In Britain, the technique of printing into ceramics was pioneered in the 1750s and brought to the wider market by 1800. Improved quality and technical accuracy allowed contemporary culture and ideas to be incorporated into the distinctive cobalt blue and white designs.

"Blue and White" at the V&A Museum
The display looks at a range of themes including Human Landscapes, Flora and Fauna and Life and Times. Objects on show include examples from 1750 right through to recent designs demonstrating  the continued relevance of "Blue and White". 

Ceramics showing Flora and Fauna in "Blue and White" at the V&A Museum
 I love this ceramic representation the river Thames. 

"River" by Richard Rogers, RA and Stuart Blower

Optical effects are explored by Martin Smith in "2 Corners Doubled".

"2 Corners Doubled" by Martin Smith

Detail of "2 Corners Doubled" by Martin Smith
Blue and White can be viewed from now until the 3rd of January 2016 in Room 146 of the Ceramics Gallery.

Lanscape Cabinet at the "Blue and White" Display

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