Creepy Creatures

by Louise Irvine The current #CuratorBattle for the #CreepiestObject in a museum had us exploring WMODA for our scariest candidates. This sinister face jug by the Martin Brothers is a strong contender as well as this grotesque creature. What do you think? Many of our WMODA visitors stop in their

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A Night at the Museum

From a Special Correspondent We have been wondering what’s going on at WMODA during the lockdown. As you know our museum is a very magical place with our Fantastique exhibit and enchanted garden but even we were surprised to receive this report from our special correspondent. The Royal Doulton garden

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Chihuly Baskets & Blankets

“Baskets was the first series that I did that really took advantage of the molten properties of the glassblowing process. Now, for the first time, I really felt I was breaking new ground with an ancient technique. I was struck by the grace of their slumped, sagging forms. I wanted

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Operation Noah

How humans respond to natural and man-made disasters is often uplifting as can be seen in the Ardmore exhibit at WMODA. The marvelous Ardmore boats laden with animals were inspired by Operation Noah, a huge conservation project to relocate wildlife in Zimbabwe when the Zambezi River was dammed in the

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@ Home with WMODA

Take a stroll around the Wiener museum on our new 360 tour. Navigate around the galleries with your mouse using the directional arrows. Explore the historical collections from the Pottery Pioneers of the 18th century to the innovators of the Art Deco era. Check out our special exhibits Carnival &

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The Plague Doctor

As we all shelter at home inventing new types of masks, we are looking back at the plague doctor’s mask which was used in Europe in the 17th century. The bird-like beak mask was filled with aromatic herbs and spices or dried flowers to disguise the evil smells of the

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The Making of the Royal Doulton Story Video

by Louise Irvine In 1988, I was presenting The Doulton Story at the art gallery in Victoria, BC and I met David Lindsay from Catalina Productions. He introduced himself by explaining that he had been dragged along reluctantly to my talk by his wife and he was missing an important

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A Starr Gift

WMODA was honored to receive gifts from the Starr collection of English ceramics, which was auctioned at Sotheby’s last year. The sale entitled Wedgwood and Beyond featured 33 superb lots of Minton’s pâte-sur-pâte designs and Solon’s Tug of War is now on display in our Fantastique exhibit. Minton Pâte-sur-Pâte The

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Heavenly Horses

International Unicorn Day on April 9th inspired Louise to look at unicorns and other heavenly horses at WMODA. It may seem strange to celebrate a creature that doesn’t exist but the mythical unicorn has become a symbol of enchantment and purity in our lives and has led to many metaphors,

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Richard Garbe: Art Deco Sculptor

Spring is in the air and so we are highlighting the striking Art Deco statuette of Persephone, which was designed by Richard Garbe for Royal Doulton. In the words of Doulton’s 1933 brochure: “The grace of Persephone as Richard Garbe originally called this ethereal “Spring” whose feet have just kissed

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