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The Ceramics Series – Delhom Service League: “Fifty Years of Collecting Southern Ceramics: MESDA and the Mariner Collection”. Robert A. Leath
January 8, 2019 @ 10:00 AM
Founded in 1965, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts opened to the public with a small, but random collection of early southern ceramics. Over the last fifty years, that collection has grown to represent all the major centers of southern pottery production from Baltimore to Edgefield, from earthenware to salt-glazed and alkaline-glazed stoneware. In 2015, the year of MESDA’s golden anniversary, the museum opened the new William C. and Susan S. Mariner Southern Ceramics Gallery, combining its holdings with the country’s best private collection of early southern pottery. In tandem, these collections tell a dynamic story of the South’s early potters – male and female, free and enslaved, English-, German-, and African-American – and the broad range of wares they produced.
Robert A. Leath is the Chief Curator and Vice-President of Collections, Research and Archaeology at Old Salem Museums and Gardens, overseeing the collections, library and research center at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) as well as the Moravian Research and Archaeology department at Old Salem and the collections displayed at interpretive sites throughout the Historic Town of Salem.
10:00 AM – Coffee Reception, 10:30 AM – Program
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Sponsored by the Delhom Service League.
The Delhom Service League is the ceramics affiliate of The Mint Museum. Our mission is to create and nurture interest in ceramics, from ancient to contemporary. Multiple programs include talks by curators and other experts in the field of ceramics, and visits to museums and private collections, and focused ceramic studies. To learn more, visit our website.