Special Interest Days

25th February 2020 – Fire and Form: 7000 Years of Ceramic Art – Martin Ellis

Martin Ellis is an experienced curator, lecturer and broadcaster, being a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Making History. His Special Interest Day is based on an exhibition which he produced for the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, in which he explores ceramic art as an almost universal form of human creativity throughout different periods, cultures and societies.

The first lecture will look at handmade ceramics, and the development of wheel-thrown and kiln-fired pottery.

The second talk explores high-fired traditions and the growth of ceramic industry.

After lunch, part three will be a short review of art-pottery, and this is also your opportunity to bring in any items you might like Martin to discuss.

The day begins with coffee at 10:00am, and will end at about 3:15pm.

Cost for the day, including a light lunch, is £35.  Tickets will be available from November onwards. (Please note that this is the correct price for the Special Interest Day and not as given in the Newsletter)

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Martin was educated at the universities of Edinburgh and Manchester. After working as a freelance field archaeologist, he developed his career as an art curator as Keeper of Art, at Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery before moving to Birmingham, where he was Curator of Applied Art and Curator of the historic mansion Aston Hall before being appointed Principal Curator and Head of Collections Research and Development. In 2005, he was Chair of the Judging Panel of the Jerwood Prize for Contemporary Applied Art.