The attraction of ceramics
by A Marr & Associates Media
If you’re interested in European travel, and ceramics, then this blog is for you…
A couple of years ago, the City of Limoges took the initiative in creating a European Urban Network for Innovation in Ceramics.
Officially, this was done “to foster greater co-operation between several European cities with a ceramic tradition”. In practice, what it means of course is that there’s now a One-Stop-Shop for further details about European cities with ceramics at their heart.
Take a look at De Porceleyne Fles (Royal Delft) in Holland (www.royaldelft.com), for example, which was established in 1653, and is the last remaining Delftware factory from the 17th century. The world famous Royal Delftware is still entirely hand-painted; and a visit to Royal Delft these days offers a journey through the history of Blue Delft and Royal Delft, and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the development and production process.
In Faenza, Italy, the International Ceramic Museum (www.micfaenza.org) – founded in 1908 – is the main attraction in this historic city, and it contains one of the largest ceramic collections in the world.
The Adrien Dubouché National Porcelain Museum (www.musee-adriendubouche.fr) in Sèvres-Limoges, France, contains an exceptional collection of ceramics from different periods, and features everything from interpretations of manufacturing techniques to contemporary design.
Germany claims two major ceramic centres – Höhr-Grenzhausen in Rhineland-Palatinate, and the museum complex of Porzellanikon in Bavaria. While the former boasts the magnificent Keramikmuseum Westerwald (www.keramikmuseum.de), the latter contains two centuries of porcelain history where, 200 years ago,Carolus Magnus Hutschenreuther founded the first porcelain factory an area which has subsequently become the centre of the German porcelain industry.
Finally, Stoke-on-Trent in the UK – known world-wide these days simply as “The Potteries”. It’s the base for all of the famous names in English ceramics, and also home to the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery (www.stokemuseums.org.uk/visit/pmag/), which contains the finest collection of Staffordshire ceramics in the world.
The European Route of Ceramics, made up of these destinations has already been recognised as a Cultural Route by the Council of Europe. And it will soon be featured on a new shared website: www.viaceram.eu.