Lecture Josiah Wedgwood and his Relatives: Understanding the Closeness of the Potting Community in Staffordshire
Speaker: Mr. Harwood (Woody) Johnson Managing Editor, Ars Ceramica
Mr. Johnson has been the managing editor of Ars Ceramica since 1996. His interest in Wedgwood began at the time of the auction of the Oster collection in 1972 and then, with Elizabeth Chellis as a mentor, he became increasingly interested in books by and about Josiah Wedgwood. Over time, his interests have become more focused on research than on collecting. He has written several articles for Ars Ceramica and co-wrote an article with Diana Edwards for The Magazine Antiques. He was the recipient of a grant from the American Ceramic Circle to research Wedgwood's encaustic-painted tablets, and has spoken on this and other Wedgwood topics to various ceramics societies.
His talk for the March meeting is entitled "Josiah Wedgwood and his Relatives: Understanding the Closeness of the Potting Community in Staffordshire." Josiah Wedgwood was related to many, if not all, of the major potting families in the vicinity of modern-day Stoke-on-Trent, for example, Ralph and Enoch Wood, Astbury, and dozens of master potters with the last name of Wedgwood, some of whom were near relations, some distant. Woody will explore those relationships and illustrate them with pots made by Wedgwood and his relatives.
Place: The Lighthouse, 111 East 59th Street, between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue, New York, NY
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 1999
Time: 8:00 PM Lecture