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Clay: Visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

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During a ‘Spring of ceramics’, the Fitz will be taken over by two exhibitions and their related interventions:

Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery

Things of Beauty Growing is the largest exhibition of its kind in recent times, displaying over 100 historic and contemporary ceramics by potters including Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie, Edmund de Waal, Alison Britton, Grayson Perry and Julian Stair.

For almost one hundred years, British potters have led the way in re-inventing traditional ceramic forms. Things of Beauty Growing showcases the history and ongoing practice of one of the most dynamic art forms in the UK today, by tracing the changing nature of British studio pottery through the evolution of specific types of vessel: the moon jar, vase, bowl, charger, set, vessel, pot and monument.

Clare Twomey's monumental installation, Made in China, will complement the exhibition with the installation of 80 large-scale porcelain vases throughout the permanent galleries, seeking to highlight the difference in labour conditions and cost of production between East and West.

Flux: Parian Unpacked with artist Matt Smith

Who writes history? Whose histories define Britishness, and how does this change over time? Why do museums celebrate the lives of some people and ignore others?

Exploring themes of mass production, celebrity, colonialization and our notion of history, this impressive installation by ceramic artist and curator, Matt Smith, features over 100 sculptural parian busts from the Glynn collection of parian. Highlighting some well-known and celebrated nineteenth-century figures, Matt challenges the traditional reading of these figures and their achievements.

Parian is a fine, unglazed porcelain resembling marble. It is made by adding flux to porcelain, a process that can make the clay unstable during firing. Its unpredictability provides a platform from which we can examine our changing views of history and our changing opinions of those individuals depicted – accepting that our understanding of the past is always in flux.

New work in parian made by Matt will also be placed around the collections galleries in the museum, challenging us to look at the museum’s permanent collection in a new light.

The starting point of Matt’s exhibition is the Glynn collection of over 300 pieces of parian, which was accepted by H. M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax from the estate of G. D. V. Glynn, and allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum in 2016.

The exact schedule for the day is still to be confirmed but will include tours of both ceramic exhibitions on display at The Fitzwilliam Museum, and possibly a hands-on session with other ceramics from the Museum's collection.

Lunch is not included.

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