STUDY DAY | Islamic Ceramics

  • Slide


  • 10.45 Registration

Morning session: Research Department, Seminar Room A

  • 11-11.45: Professor Oliver Watson, I.M. Pei Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture, University of Oxford: “An introduction to Islamic ceramics”
  • 11.45-12: Q&A and tea & coffee break
  • 12-12.30: Dr Moya Carey, Iran Heritage Foundation Curator for the Iranian Collections, Victoria and Albert Museum: “‘A very favourite category with amateurs and collectors’: encountering Iran’s medieval lustreware in Victorian Britain”
  • 12.30-1: Dr Francesca Vanke, Keeper of Art & Curator of Decorative Art, Norwich Museum: “British ceramic imitations”
  • 1-2: Lunch (provided) and discussion. Please bring along images of any objects in your own collections which you would like to show to or discuss with the specialists participating in the day.

Afternoon session: Ceramics Galleries

  • 14.00-16.00: Thematic handling sessions in the Ceramics Galleries

Small groups will have the opportunity to interact with objects and learn from specialists on the following themes. The groups will rotate between these themes, giving all attendees the opportunity to participate in all the sessions:

  • Lustre across time – with Dr Mariam Rosser-Owen, Curator for the Arab World Collections, V&A
  • Safavid ceramics and Chinese inspiration – with Patricia Ferguson, Consulting Curator, Middle Eastern Section, V&A, and External Advisor on Ceramics to the National Trust
  • Iznik and its imitations – with Dr Melanie Gibson, Head of Faculty of Art History, New College of the Humanities and Director and Tutor of the Islamic Art & Archaeology Module, Diploma in Asian Art, SOAS, University of London
  • Fakes and forgeries – with Professor Oliver Watson
  • Samson and European imitations of Islamic ceramics – with Rebecca Wallis, Curator of 19th-century Ceramics, V&A, in conversation with Dr Francesca Vanke
  • 16.00: study day ends, and attendees have the opportunity until 17.45 to look around other parts of the Museum, or see the new exhibitions “Fabric of India” and “Bejewelled Treasures:
    the al-Thani collection”

Organised by The Islamic Art and Material Culture SSN and the SSN European Paintings pre-1900 Supported by the Pilgrim Trust. We thank the V&A for their collaboration.