An expert on ceramics is keynote speaker Thursday at a Mint Museum symposium on British ceramics.
The day's events highlight the end of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design's inaugural exhibition, "Contemporary British Studio Ceramics: The Grainer Collection." The exhibit closes March 13.
Keynote speaker Tanya Harrod is visiting professor at the Royal College of Art in London and co-editor of the Journal of Modern Craft. She is author of the award-winning study, "The Crafts in Britain in the Twentieth Century," and the forthcoming biography, "Michael Cardew: A Life" (both published by Yale University Press).
Harrod will discuss British studio ceramics over the past 20 years with a focus on the "Englishness" of ceramic production.
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Drawn from the collection of Diane and Marc Grainer of suburban Washington, D.C., the exhibition "Contemporary British Studio Ceramics" show is the first to focus exclusively on this subject in the United States and Great Britain. The symposium will also feature talks by artist and scholar Julian Stair; artist Neil Brownsword; and Craft + Design curator Annie Carlano.