Fantasies in Clay: Martin Brothers art pottery (1873 - 1923)
17 June - 2 November 2008
From the outset of their unorthodox enterprise the Martin Brothers inspired a loyal following of collectors, entranced by the originality of their stoneware ceramics. It is an enduring appeal, and Martinware is as passionately collected today as it was a hundred years ago.
This year’s summer exhibition provides a rare opportunity for visitors to see how Martinware’s style evolved and progressed, keeping step with the prevailing style trends of the day from the Gothic Revival, through the Aesthetic movement’s japonisme and the Renaissance Revival of the 1880s to the flowering of individualistic expression in Wallace Martin’s iconographic Wally bird figures and the late ‘abstract’ pots of Edwin Martin.