The Mermaid’s Adventure

It was another magical day of fantasy, fashion, and fun at WMODA as we wished Mershark Rhanu bon voyage on her new adventure. Rhanu enchanted our guests with tales of the sea and invited everyone to enjoy mermaid cupcakes and rainbow lemonade at the party held in her honor. Rhanu,

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Downton Abbey for Dolls

By Louise Irvine It’s a small world! It turns out that Judy Rudin, one of the organizers of Glam-a-THON, designs dollhouses and she has become a fan of Alex Meiklejohn’s miniature ceramics. Judy loaned part of her spectacular dollhouse to the museum to launch our Tiny Treasures Trail around the

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Swimwear for Summer

Rainy days in Florida bring visitors flocking to WMODA. When you can’t sunbathe in your new swimsuit you can enjoy the beach fashions of your parents and grandparents in our Art Deco gallery at WMODA. Porcelain figurines by Royal Doulton, Rosenthal, and Goldscheider depict the swimming costumes in vogue during

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The WMODA Treasure Hunt

Treasure seekers were out in force on Saturday, June 5 for our WMODA Treasure Hunt to launch Museum Week 2021, the worldwide festival for culture on social media. Thank you to our volunteer videographers, Lloyd Goradesky and Dave Rosenthal, for filming and promoting the event on Facebook Live.  Tiny Treasures

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The Rainbow Connection

By Louise Irvine The Rainbow Connection was first performed by Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog in the 1979 Muppet Movie. The unlikely hit remained in the top 40 for 7 weeks and received an Oscar nomination. A critic claimed that Kermit sang with all the dreamy wistfulness of a

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Pirate’s Treasure

By Louise Irvine Yo ho ho a pirate’s life for me! Pirate life has captured our imaginations since childhood thanks to adventure stories like Treasure Island and Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean. Images of intrepid, swashbuckling seafarers and treasure chests buried on deserted tropical islands were kept alive by the

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Treasure Seeker

By Louise Irvine Researching a collection like Arthur Wiener’s is often like searching for buried treasure. As well as all the ceramics and glass art, the collection includes decorative objects in bronze and enamel, which are less familiar to us at WMODA. Recently we had the good fortune to work

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A Safari for the Soul

A Safari for the Soul is a journey of the imagination through the wild and wonderful world of Ardmore Ceramic Art. Imagine yourself riding one of Ardmore’s exotic animals through the magnificent mountains and grassy savannas of South Africa to the thriving pottery studio in KwaZulu Natal. The Ardmore studio was started thirty-five

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String of Pearls

By Louise Irvine Pearls are known as the “Queen of Gems” and they have been treasured for countless centuries. A natural pearl necklace was a symbol of perfection and so rare that it was reserved for royalty and the very rich. Even when pearls were cultured and became more affordable,

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Mother of Pearl

By Louise Irvine The history of porcelain and mother of pearl has been interwoven since Marco Polo, the Italian explorer, visited the court of Kublai Khan in the 13th century and saw porcelain for the first time. He called it porcellana, the Italian word for the cowrie shell as the

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