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	Image: Francesco Xanto Avelli Large plate: An allegory on the sack of Rome 1530 maiolica

Renaissance and rococo ceramics study day

Discover the arts of porcelain and maiolica

Discover two of the most significant material innovations in the history of European decorative arts with this study day focused on the extraordinary Kenneth Reed Collection, in the European galleries.

Comprising 16th- and 17th-century maiolica (tin-glazed earthenware) and 18th-century porcelain, the Reed Collection offers insight into Renaissance and rococo art and material culture.

Curator Richard Beresford and art historian Mark de Vitis outline the history of the two ceramic traditions, illustrated with examples from the Reed Collection, followed by a demonstration of materials and processes by noted Sydney ceramicist Bronwyn Kemp.

Morning session: lectures

Centenary Auditorium

Welcome and introduction to the Reed Collection
Josephine Touma, senior coordinator, public programs, Art Gallery of NSW

Amazing maiolica: the story of Italian Renaissance ceramics and Xanto’s Sack of Rome plate
Dr Richard Beresford, senior curator, European art pre-1900, Art Gallery of NSW

Striking white gold: the development of porcelain manufactory in Europe
Dr Mark de Vitis, art historian, National Art School & University of Sydney

1pm: Lunch break (self-catered) and free-time for collection viewing

Afternoon session: demonstration

Function space

Bronwyn Kemp, ceramicist and lecturer, National Art School, discusses materials and demonstrates techniques, describing the differences between maiolica and porcelain production, and the intricacies of modelling, slip-casting, throwing, glazing and painting.

Image: Francesco Xanto Avelli Large plate: An allegory on the sack of Rome 1530 maiolica

Sunday 28 October 2012, 10.30am–3.30pm

Non-members $35
Members/concession $30
Full-time students $20

Bookings and enquiries: 02 9225 1740

Bookings required
Payment can be made by credit card over the phone

Registration from 10am

Duration 5 hours
Location: Centenary Auditorium