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Bonnin and Morris: New Perspectives on Philadelphia’s Role in the Production of Early American Porcelain
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Van Pelt Auditorium, main building, ground floor

Paid tickets required (Members: $40; Nonmembers: $50)

This symposium, sponsored by the Center for American Art and Sotheby’s, explores the history of Bonnin & Morris's porcelain and surviving wares, English precedents for this work, forms produced at the factory, the recently discovered site of Bartlam’s porcelain factory outside Charleston (which predates Bonnin & Morris’s factory), and scientific analysis of the firm’s wares and saggars.

This symposium is being held in conjunction with the exhibition Colonial Philadelphia Porcelain: The Art of Bonnin and Morris.

Symposium Schedule

9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30 a.m.
Keynote Lecture: Revisiting the American China
Graham Hood, author of Bonnin and Morris of Philadelphia (1972) and Chief Curator Emeritus, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia

10:00 a.m.
Bow Porcelain
David Redstone, M.D., independent scholar and co-author with Elizabeth Adams of Bow Porcelain (1981)

10:30 a.m.
Fossils and Fantasy: The Presence of the Real in Rococo Design
Glenn Adamson, Ph.D., Head of Graduate Studies and Deputy Head of Research, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

11:00 a.m.
Food Transforms: Dining and the Evolution of 18th-Century Porcelain Shapes
Donna Corbin, Associate Curator of European Decorative Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and President of the American Ceramic Circle

11:30 a.m.
Reading between the Lines on Bonnin and Morris
Diana Stradling, independent scholar and antiques dealer,The Stradlings

noon–2:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m.
John Bartlam: America’s First Porcelain Manufacturer
Robert Hunter, Fellow, Society of Antiquaries, Editor, Ceramics in America

2:30 p.m.
Comparative Geochemistry of 18th-Century American Porcelain
J. Victor Owen, Ph.D., Professor of Geology, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

3:00 p.m.
Philadelphia’s Other Potworks . . . the Cambrian Pottery, Swansea!
Jonathan Gray, independent scholar and editor of two volumes of Welsh Ceramics in Context (2003 and 2005)

3:30 p.m.
Making a Bonnin and Morris Pickle Stand: A Live Demonstration
Michelle Erickson, ceramic artist, Michelle Erickson Pottery, Inc.

5:30–7:30 p.m.
Exhibition Reception
Great Stair Hall Balcony

For more information about the symposium, please call (215) 684-7596. Symposium fees include Museum admission, all lectures, and a box lunch. To register for the symposium or the exhibition reception by phone, call (215) 235-SHOW (7469).

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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