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Handling the V&A Ceramic Collection with Felicity Aylieff and Philip Wood
Felicity Aylieff, senior tutor in ceramics at the Royal College of Art, hosts an exclusive handling session and talk alongside maker and scholar, Philip Wood, at the V&A, in which the history, processes and stories of the pots, some over 5000 years old, in the museum’s collection, are put into focus. In association with Adrian Sassoon, London.
The ceramics collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum contains many thousands of pots made over the past 5,000 years, each with a story to tell or a history in their making. There are those produced for the purpose of ritual and ceremony, or as vehicles for propaganda, while others are feats of technical virtuosity to convey status. By contrast, they also sit alongside more humble, utilitarian and functional pots for everyday use.
Felicity Aylieff is senior tutor in the Ceramics & Glass department at the RCA. She regularly travels to China where she has a studio in Jingdezhen producing remarkable pots of monumental scale. Her passion is in the exploration of traditional decorative techniques, working with Blue and White painting and enamel colour. She has work in numerous major public collections including the V&A and is represented by Adrian Sassoon Gallery.
Philip Wood makes exquisitely detailed pots for use, in his studio in Somerset. Teaching regularly in the Ceramic & Glass department at the Royal College of Art, London, he shares his passion, encyclopedic knowledge and enthusiasm for all things made from clay.