English Pottery and Porcelain

The Wedgwood collection is complemented by the Museum’s large collection of eighteenth-century English pottery and porcelain, which includes objects of all types from a variety of factories and regions. Formed primarily through the bequests of Frances Oliver in 1972 and Catherine H. Collins in 1998, the collection numbers more than 800 pieces and illustrates the development of the ceramics industry in Britain during the period. New techniques and materials, such as transfer printing and the use of Plaster of Paris in mold making, are illustrated through objects in the collection, as are new types and shapes developed for new uses. In a century during which scientific, technological, and economic advances led to an expanding market in England, both functional and luxury objects of pottery and porcelain were made in great quantity and were consequently brought within reach of a wider public.