Clearwater Beach Ceramic Art Exhibition and Sale

Miami, FL (PressExposure) November 15, 2011 -- For immediate release

More than 1,000 pieces of Royal Doulton, Moorcroft and other fine British and African art pottery will be for sale at the Ceramic Art exhibition in the Hyatt hotel, Clearwater Beach from December 2-4, 2011. The show celebrates the role that women have played in the creation of ceramic art during the last century and a percentage of sales from the weekend exhibition will be donated by Pascoe & Company for the 'Taking Action Against Domestic Violence' campaign in Tampa. Money will be raised to help the 'Spring of Tampa Bay', the largest domestic violence shelter in Florida which is always full to overflowing.


The British ceramic industry has been staffed by women predominantly since the late 1700s. In Stoke-on-Trent, the heart of the British Potteries, women labored 10 to 12 hour days but gradually many aspired to more skilled decorative work. In the mid 19th century, ambitious young women studied design at evening classes in the newly opened art schools. Meanwhile in Victorian London artistic young women attended pottery painting classes and graduated to jobs at Doulton's new art studio in London. Choice pieces of Victorian art pottery will be available for sale at the Clearwater Beach exhibition.


By the 1920s thousands of skilled women were engaged in Stoke-on-Trent, hand-painting china in the fashionable Art Deco style. Women also became ceramic modelers and you can choose from a wide variety of figurines at the Clearwater show, from character studies of the 1920s by Phoebe Stabler and Nell Vyse to Royal Doulton pretty ladies by Peggy Davies from the 1950s.


In more recent times, fashion designer Sally Tuffin opened the Dennis Chinaworks in Somerset, where a team of young women decorate Sally's striking designs. Sally used to design clothes in the swinging sixties for her own Carnaby Street boutique before she became a pottery designer in the 1980s and the Art Director of the Moorcroft Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent. Moorcroft has always been an enlightened employer of women. It is mainly women who do the intricate tube-lining and hand-painting for which the Moorcroft Pottery has been famous since 1897. Five young women comprise their Design Studio today and you can enjoy their stunning work at the Clearwater show.


One of the most exciting developments in modern ceramic art is the role that Zulu women are playing at the Ardmore Pottery in South Africa. This thriving studio in KwaZulu-Natal was started 25 years ago by Fee Halsted who has taught hundreds of local women to decorate vibrant pottery featuring African flora and fauna. The success of Ardmore pottery has uplifted the local community in this deprived rural region of South Africa.

Last November in New York, Fee Halsted-Berning was honored by Women's Campaign International for the role she has played in inspiring women and improving their lives. Past honorees include US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Vice President Joe Biden. Many of the Ardmore artists are HIV positive and the sale of their work has raised money and awareness to fight AIDS. You can also help support these Zulu women by purchasing a piece of Ardmore Ceramic Art at the Clearwater exhibition.


Louise Irvine, British ceramic art expert from London, England, will be a guest of honor at the Clearwater exhibition and will be talking about the role women have played in creating art pottery through the ages. Ed Pascoe, President of Pascoe & Company, will be hosting the weekend event which is expected to attract ceramic art collectors from all over the country. Everything is for sale at this exhibition so you can do some shopping for the Holidays as well as support women's causes locally with TAADV.

SHOW VENUE: Hyatt Hotel & Resort
301 South Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33767

Friday Dec 2nd ● Reception 6pm to 9pm
Saturday Dec 3rd ● Show open 10am to 5pm
Sunday Dec 4th ● Show open 10am to 4pm

CONTACT: Veronica Alvarado at Pascoe & Company
1.800.872.0195 or 305.326.0060 ext.123

About Pascoe and Copmany

Founded in 1971 by Ed Pascoe, Pascoe & Company has since grown into the leading dealer of current and retired Royal Doulton collectibles in the world. Our buyers travel extensively throughout the world acquiring rare pieces and entire collections. We maintain the largest inventory of Royal Doulton figurines, character jugs, Bunnykins, flambé, series ware and art pottery anywhere in the US. In the past 10 years, we have added Moorcroft Pottery and Lladró fine porcelain to our array of fine collectables.

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