V&A Wedgwood Collection
The V&A Wedgwood Collection is one of the most important industrial collections in the world. Owned by the V&A following a successful fundraising campaign spearheaded by Art Fund, the collection is on display here in Barlaston and provides a unique record of over 260 years of British ceramic production. Entry to the V&A Wedgwood Collection is free.
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Earth and Ware
April – September 2022
Explore galleries bursting with flowers created by the public and follow our trail to discover wonderful objects inspired by nature and wildlife. A complementary programme of events for all ages digs deeper into questions of climate change and sustainability in the ceramics industry today. Don’t miss out on this season of activity, follow @vawedgwood and join the discussion.
Redisplay of the Wedgwood Anti-Slavery Medallion
Discover the story of the iconic Wedgwood anti-slavery medallion. Co-curated with a community panel of young people and activists, this display explores the story of Wedgwood's protest medallion and its continuing importance today. Following the I Am a Man and a Brother collaborative project with Grace Barrett of I Am Ally, the V&A and students from City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College. The display was made possible with Art Fund support..
Staffordshire University MA Ceramics ‘The Extraction Paradigm’
On now until August
Did you know you can make clay from coffee grounds or a kiln out of mushrooms? This display by Staffordshire University’s MA ceramics students presents an exciting exploration of sustainability in ceramics.
Artist feature: Alice Walton
Alice Walton is a British ceramic sculptor whose work has attracted international recognition. At the 2019 British Ceramics Biennial, Walton was awarded the ‘Fresh’ Wedgwood Prize for her use of coloured porcelain to create highly complex and multi-layered objects. During her residency Walton developed a new range of works which re-imagine Wedgwood’s iconic shapes using traditional jasper clay. Find them on display in the V&A Wedgwood Collection.
Ever wondered what it was like to work in the Wedgwood factory? Our brand new, free family trail will help you and your family explore the V&A Wedgwood Collection. Encounter real Wedgwood workers drawn straight from the archives, from George Eaton the oven man to Millie Taplin the head paintress, and collect stamps along the way. You can then transform your booklet into colourful bunting to keep as a memento of your day with us!