Sunday, February 3, 2013
WEDGWOOD DOCUMENTARY ON YOUTUBE ~ ANOTHER MUST SEE
My friend Lord Pulford, of the cold north of Scotland, told me some time ago about a TV series he saw about the British potteries but to my knowledge it did not come to USA television. By accident I stumbled upon what I think is this series on YouTube tonight. It is highly recommended for any collector of ceramics, and the segment, #2 The age of Wedgwood-Ceramics, is especially educational for all Wedgwood collectors, dealers and those just interested in English ceramics in general. Once one has viewed it, the other segments of this excellent series on pottery can also be seen by clicking the various links on the YouTube site. Produced by BBC in cooperation with the Victoria and Albert Museum, the hour-long show beautifully presents not only the history of Wedgwood and the story of the factory all the way up to the sending of much of the manufacturing overseas, but also tells the story of Stoke on Trent, the people and places, and the manufacturing process itself. One will see how jasperware is thrown and ornamented, how the transfer process works, the pouring of the liquid slip into molds, the pots being unmolded and much more. This is indeed a must-see to learn so much to help in collecting and buying and selling of Wedgwood and other fine English ceramic wares. Gaye Blake-Roberts, Curator of the Wedgwood Museum, and Miranda Goodby of the Stoke on Trent Museum add their knowledge and there is a bit of A. N. Wilson speaking about growing up in the pottery itself, and the Potteries in general. I can't fail to mention some segments by Lucy Worsley, the Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces such as the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace as well-known antiques commentator frequently seen on British TV. Be sure to view it in the full screen mode. Not to be missed are some beautiful close-up shots of famous Wedgwood, Royal Doulton and Minton examples that we don't often see! Interviewed is Clarice Cliff herself, and old film footage, and present day interviews, of the "Bizarre Babes" as the paintresses were known locally. Grab a cuppa tea or a wee dram and sit back and enjoy an hour of beauty in many forms! Click on the bold link above to go right to the Wedgwood segment and to the other links to Alexis Antiques items that might be of interest.