A Potted History

Celebrating Ceramics with the Specialists - Saturday 16 April

Staffordshire University Science Centre, Leek Road, ST4 2DF

12 - 3.30pm | Valuations

Visitors will be treated to valuations by well-known TV specialists. Judith Miller, Steven Moore and Lee Young have over 50 years collective experience in ceramics and are able to value and appraise pieces from all over the world. Bring along your ceramic treasures to discover more about their history and value in the market today.

There is a suggested donation of £5 for each valuation (up to a maximum of three items). All proceeds to Staffordshire University Annual Fund which supports students with bursaries and scholarships.

12 - 4pm | In the Lecture Theatre

12.10pm | Welcome and The Story of the Stem Cup and the Thornhill Collection of Oriental Ceramics

Rosy Crehan is Deputy Vice Chancellor at Staffordshire University with responsibility for the academic portfolio. She is the Executive lead for the University Quarter project and for an exciting collaboration with the Prince's Regeneration Trust which supports the regeneration of Middleport Pottery. She is also leading the project to raise funds to build a permanent new home for the Thornhill Collection of oriental ceramics.

12.10pm | Welcome and The Story of the Stem Cup and the Thornhill Collection of Oriental Ceramics

Flavia Swann is Former Dean of Arts, Design, Media and Culture at Sunderland University, (1992-2008), where she was one of the founders of the National Glass Centre, and previously was Head of Department of History of Art, Design and Film at Staffordshire University, (1975-1992) where she discovered the Thornhill Collection. She is Emeritus Professor at Sunderland and Visiting Professor at Staffordshire University.

12.50pm | White Gold: Chinese Ceramics Through the Centuries

Lee Young is Director of Lyon & Turnbull auctioneers, Scotland's Oldest Auction House. Head of Department for Asian Art.

1.30pm | Spot the Imposter - fake or fortune style quiz

Judith Miller is the Founder of Millers Guides and over her career has published more than 100 books on antiques and collecting.

2.15pm | Burleigh Pottery, a Staffordshire survivor

Steven Moore is Creative Director of Burleigh Pottery, in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent.

3pm | The Family of Potters: selected histories from the Wedgwoods to Dudson's

Fred Hughes is a writer and local historian, Sentinel columnist and author of several books on Potteries' social history. He is a director of the City Learning trust.

Further Events

12 - 4pm | Ceramic Futures Exhibition
The work exhibited represents our awards in Ceramic Design, including our internationally renowned ceramic design brand, FLUX. The exhibition also features our collaborative project with Kihara, a prestigious porcelain brand from Arita, Japan.
12 - 4pm | Sale of FLUX
A range of high end tableware which is designed by Staffordshire University MA Ceramics students and manufactured in Stoke-on-Trent will be available to purchase. NB. Card payments only.
1 - 4pm | Pinched Pot workshop
Be inspired by the Thornhill Stem Cup and model your own from porcelain clay. These will be fired and glazed to form a larger installation for exhibited within the city, celebrating investment in our ceramic heritage, present and future.