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November 14, 2013

Early American Porcelain Lecture

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John Bartlam Factory,Teabowl, 1765-70. Purchased with the Baugh-Barber Fund, 2012. Philadelphia Museum of Art

2 pm, Metcalf Auditorium

Alexandra Alevizatos Kirtley, Philadelphia Museum of Art, discusses the motivation for porcelain production in the early American colonies. In 18th-century Europe and America, the desire to produce porcelain was outweighed only by the desire to use it. The American colonies played a critical role in supplying Britain with the raw materials to produce porcelain—until the colonists realized that they too could produce this most mysterious of materials—porcelain. This talk will consider how, where, when, and why porcelain was made in America, with particular emphasis on surviving porcelain from John Bartlam’s factory in Cain Hoy, South Carolina (1765-1770) and Philadelphia’s Bonnin & Morris (1770-1772) and Tucker (1826-1838) factories. The talk will draw on examples from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s fabled collection of ceramics. Sponsored by the Pottery and Porcelain Club. Free.