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Ceramic - Expo Ghent 1913

Ceramic at the Exhibition Expo Ghent 1913

Ceramics contributed to the exceptional success of the English section in Brussels in 1910; it was the same in Ghent.

A great variety of shapes and colours, a pleasing presentation of the products, their admirable technique, the artistic value of many of the objects exhibited, the harmonious general arrangement gave the double ceramics gallery a brilliant and impressive appearance.

The jasper pottery, known as "Adams Pottery", was decorated with white relief subjects on a coloured background, usually blue, sometimes green or black; the same firm, W. Adams and C° of Staffordshire, imitated the black basalt vases produced by the Egyptians in the time of the Pharaohs.

The Ashby potters' guild of Woodville, whose pottery series included some superb flamed reds, is true art pottery, handmade by the ancient methods.

The Crown Staffordshire porcelain Cy exhibited a remarkable collection of wares based on the types of the old Worcester (1751-1847), Cheslaes, Swanseas, Lowestofts.

The Royal Potteries of Doultou Lambeth and Bussbun exhibited salt-glazed, clay-decorated, open-fired stoneware and Raby-decorated services and vases; a large central display case contained specimens of the famous flaming red vases, marvellous in design and colour; no series offered such a range of colour; the brilliance and intensity of colour were truly admirable.

The products of the Bernard Moore firm presented the whole range of the warmest colouring, Persian blue earthenware, oxblood, peach velvet, bean, flaming red, with changing glazes, with metallic reflections.

Amongst the Ruskin pottery, there were unique specimens of rare beauty, without any attempt at imitation; the firm of W. Howson Taylor obtains its shapes from the potter's wheel; its concern is the richness of the colour as well as its delicacy. The "flambés" are all unique pieces fired at high temperature.
The products of Wegdwood and C° have an ornamentation based on mazarin blue, which is skilfully combined with a gold decoration accentuated by the beauty of the clay and the brilliance of the glaze.

©Livre d'Or de l'Exposition Universelle & Internationale de Gand 1913