Category Archives: Ceramics

Presidential Porcelain from Washington to Winterthur

The Winterthur collection is generally recognized as the premier collection of American decorative arts in the world. Winterthur founder, Henry Francis du Pont was a great collector of Americana. Throughout his life du Pont amassed an extraordinary collection of American furniture and … Continue reading

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Top exhibitors lend quality, knowledge, and loyalty to acclaimed Delaware Antiques Show

What makes a really good antiques dealer? How would I recognize one? As a start, you will find him or her to be an excellent communicator in the field of the Decorative Arts; and a person most knowledgeable about antique … Continue reading

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Curator Corner #1: A look inside the collecting world of Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass Leslie Grigsby

Q & A Did you collect anything as a child or did collecting for you start later in life? How did you become interested in ceramics? Your parents were antiques collectors. Did that propel you into this field? Do you … Continue reading

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A Pitcher Is Worth a Thousand Words

Objects are fascinating remnants from the past that can reveal incredible stories once you learn how to listen. As a newly minted Winterthur Fellow, I was tasked to get to know an artifact and unlock its mysteries. I sat down … Continue reading

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A Good Sack Posset

One entertaining aspect of researching for the exhibition Uncorked! Wine, Objects & Tradition was the discovery of some wonderful period quotes. For example, let’s take the subject of posset pots. You’ve never heard of posset? Well, that’s not surprising, since … Continue reading

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Ceramics, Salts, and Sun: Conservation at the Arizona State Museum

Greetings from Tucson! My name is Crista Pack, and I’m in the WUDPAC class of 2013, majoring in objects conservation. This summer I’m interning at the Arizona State Museum (ASM). My time here has primarily been spent working on ceramics … Continue reading

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Preserving Ancient Artifacts with the Israel Antiquities Authority

Shalom from Jerusalem! I’m Sara Levin, objects conservation major of the WUDPAC class of 2013, and I am spending the summer as an intern at the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA, or Reshut Ha’Atikot in Hebrew). So far, I have been … Continue reading

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Puzzled by Puzzle Jugs?

Puzzled by puzzle jugs? Perplexed by punch bowls? Don’t worry, because Uncorked! is here to teach you everything you ever wanted to know about early American drinking traditions. Uncorked! Wine, Objects & Tradition, which opens to the public on Saturday, April 28, … Continue reading

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Tea for Two (Purposes!): Early American Miniature Tea Sets

Editor’s note: this is the first of five posts by graduate students in the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture (WPAMC), written as part of their Material Life in America class. Immediately upon beginning coursework last summer, each student selected an … Continue reading

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