January 6, 2010
CW's "Pottery with a Past" Symposium explores stoneware in America during the Colonial and Post-Revolutionary Periods
Recent discoveries have brought salt-glazed stoneware to the forefront of current collecting and archaeological research. From the first English settlement onward, salt-glazed stoneware filled an important role in colonial homes and public houses. The symposium, “Pottery with a Past: A New Look at Salt-glazed Stoneware Collections, Research and Archaeology,” brings national and international scholars together to explore the production and distribution of brown, gray and white salt-glazed stoneware from Germany, Britain and America. The event takes place March 18-21 at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Decorative Museum.
Ronald L. Hurst, Colonial Williamsburg’s vice president of collections, conservation and museums and the Carlisle H. Humelsine Chief Curator, welcomes attendees on Thursday, March 18. Janine E. Skerry, Colonial Williamsburg’s curator of metals, will deliver the keynote address, “The Devil’s in the Details, or Stoneware Newly Discovered in Early America.”
Colonial Williamsburg staff delivering presentations during the conference include:
Two optional programs are available at an additional cost:
The symposium celebrates the publication of “Salt-glazed Stoneware in Early America” by Colonial Williamsburg curators Janine E. Skerry and Suzanne Findlen Hood and is timed to coincide with the exhibition, “Pottery with a Past: Stoneware in Early America,” the first museum presentation of German, English and American stoneware made prior to 1800. The exhibition will be on view through through Jan. 3, 2011. The book, exhibition and conference are made possible through the generosity of the Richard C. von Hess Foundation.
Registration is $250. The optional Jamestown and Yorktown programs are $60 each. Preregistration and payment in full are required. Payment can be made in the form of check, or charged to American Express, Discover, Visa and MasterCard. Registration includes opening and closing receptions, coffee breaks, afternoon tea, Friday lunch and presentations.
There are four easy ways to register for the “Pottery with a Past” symposium:
Special hotel rates are available through Colonial Williamsburg hotels for symposium registrants. For more information and reservations, call 1-800-603-0948.
Distinctive dining options are offered throughout the Colonial Williamsburg restaurants and taverns. From a classically elegant setting to a more casual atmosphere to signature tavern dining experiences, each of Colonial Williamsburg’s restaurants and taverns is within steps of the conference facilities. Dining reservations can be made by calling 1-800-261-9530, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The Spa of Colonial Williamsburg offers a full menu of services. A team of world-renowned experts have collaborated to create a spa that exudes Southern charm, harmonizes with its historical surroundings, reflects its colonial heritage, and honors traditions of health and wellness throughout American culture. To make your reservation, call 1-800-688-6479.
Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.history.org.