The Caughley Society holds two meetings a year, usually at the Coalport China Museum site, near Ironbridge in Shropshire, England, home of the national Caughley porcelain collection. The Spring meeting is normally held on the first Saturday in April (unless this coincides with the Easter holiday period), and the Autumn one on the first Saturday in October. Full details of each meeting are published on this website as soon as they are available. Other events are also organised.
Visitors are particularly welcome. To encourage younger people to take an interest, the Society now offers up to five free places at each of our meetings to people under the age of 25 studying in an appropriate field (for instance ceramics, design, fine art) at further and higher education establishments, museums, auctioneers and organisations such as the National Trust.
If you would like to attend one of our meetings, whether as a paying visitor or younger person, please send us an email by clicking on the 'Contact Us' button on the left of this page.
AUTUMN MEETING 2020
Saturday 3rd October 2020
10.30am - 1.00pm
As coronavirus makes it impossible to hold a live meeting, two online lectures will be presented as follows:
10.30am NICK PANES - CHINA MANIA: ENGLISH CERAMICS IN THE CHINESE STYLE
The importation of Chinese ceramics into England created a craze for Chinese style which had a profound influence on English ceramics. From early delftware, and the first English porcelain onwards, and almost unabated to today, chinoiserie scenes have appeared in England on locally made pots. In his talk, our lecturer will chart 400 years of this phenomenon.
Nick Panes is a collector of English ceramics and more recently of Chinese and Japanese ceramics, concentrating on porcelain from the 18th century and earlier. In 2009 he published British Porcelain Sauceboats of the 18th Century which has become the standard work on this topic. His most recent book, English Potter - English Patriot? Extracts from the extraordinary life of Richard Champion, illustrates Bristol porcelain and was published in 2016.
12.00 noon CHARLES DAWSON - THE WORCESTER FLIGHT & BARR FACTORY 1783-1840
The factory of Flight & Barr followed on from the earlier Dr Wall period. Having just written a book on the subject, the first to be written since Henry Sandon's 1975 book, the author will lead us through the work, giving an updated view of this often under-rated porcelain and taking us through some of the new information that his research has revealed.
Charles Dawson is a member of The Caughley Society and is President of the English Ceramic Circle. He has written many articles on ceramics and has lectured around the country on diverse topics including Parian Ware, Worcester and Flight & Barr. He has just completed his new book on the Worcester porcelain factory of Flight & Barr.
Further details of the lectures and how to watch them online will be circulated to members in the normal fashion
SPRING MEETING 2021
This meeting is scheduled for Saturday 10th April 2021
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