Art Talk: Spotlight on Historic Ceramics


Get the dish on Connecticut ceramics when the Windsor Historical Society presents a talk on the evolution of ceramic forms Thursday, October 19 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.  Featured speaker Katherine Hunt, the NEH Home Life Project Curator at the Connecticut Historical Society, will explore the types of ceramics Connecticut residents used during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries and describe changes in ceramic forms and decorations over time.  A slide show of historic ceramics and a sampling of pieces from the Windsor Historical Society’s collection will accompany the talk.


The early European settlers of New England quickly discovered that their land was rich in clay, and by 1800 over 300 potters were working in the region.  Since the colonial American market was flooded with fine imported ceramics from England, Europe, and Asia, early New England potters created mostly utilitarian wares such as redware plates, stoneware jugs, and bricks.   During the 19th century, finer American-made ceramics including yellowware, white earthenware, and porcelain became available.  Several Windsor-made ceramics are currently on view in the Society’s new fall/winter exhibition Windsor Artists: Then and Now.  This exhibition features fine and decorative artwork made by Windsor artists over the past 400 years, and is sponsored by an anonymous donor, Rabbett Insurance, the Town of Windsor through its Arts and Culture granting program, and Windsor Federal Savings.


The third in a series of public lectures associated with Windsor Artists: Then and Now, the “Spotlight on Historic Ceramics” talk is sponsored by Dill, Joyce, Thresher / The Kernan Agency.  Cost for the program is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students, and WHS members $4.  Parking is available in the Windsor Discovery Center parking lot and around Palisado Green. The Windsor Artists:  Then and Now exhibition will be open to the public before and after the talk.



Location:  Windsor Historical Society

      96 Palisado Avenue

     Windsor, CT 06095  


Tel:  860-688-3813

Fax:  (860) 687-1633




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