Historic Deerfield To Present Tin-Glazed Earthenware Forum

Plate, Bristol, England, circa 1755–1770. Tin-glazed earthenware with cobalt blue decoration. Hall and Kate Peterson Fund for Minor Antiques, Historic Deerfield, Inc. —Penny Leveritt photo

DEERFIELD, MASS. — Historic Deerfield will present a three-day decorative arts forum on the European production of tin-glazed earthenware and its exportation to North America November 15–17.

The forum, “European Origins and Transatlantic Exports: Tin-Glazed Earthenware in North America,” will bring together a diversity of perspectives and experience on the subject of this ceramic type and examines the North American market in a broader manner than ever before. 

The practice of tin glazing spans a thousand years of history, from its beginnings in Mesopotamia in the Ninth Century to the decorative technique’s eventual spread to Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Great Britain, and the New World.

Speakers will include Dr Tânia Manuel Casimiro, postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Archaeology and Paleosciences, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, on Portuguese faience; Femke Diercks, junior curator of European glass and ceramics at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, on Dutch Delftware; and Leslie B. Grigsby, senior curator of ceramics and glass at the Winterthur Museum, on archaeological evidence of English and Continental tin-glazed earthenware in colonial America.

Also, Amanda Lange, curatorial department chair and curator of historic interiors at Historic Deerfield, on the technology of tin-glazed earthenware, its history, and early production; Dr Margaret Connors McQuade, assistant director and curator of decorative arts at the Hispanic Society of America in New York City, on Spanish and Mexican maiolica; Wendy Watson, curator of the Mount Holyoke Art Museum on Italian Renaissance maiolica; and Elizabeth Williams, curator of decorative arts and design at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence, R.I., on French faience. 

Registration is now open. Optional, hands-on workshops will be offered on Friday, November 15.  For more information, contact Julie Orvis at jorvis@historic-deerfield.org or 413-775-7179.

Monteith, probably Delft, Holland, The Netherlands, circa 1700–1710. Tin-glazed earthenware with cobalt blue decoration. Museum Purchase. Historic Deerfield, Inc. —Penny Leveritt photo


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