Skip to content

Research at St Andrews

Pottery workers, 'the ladies', and 'the middling class of people': production and marketing of 'Etruscan and Grecian vases' at Wedgwood c.1760-1820

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

DOI

Abstract

Collections of Greek vases, and their reproductions in the form of luxury publications and vessels displayed atop bookshelves in libraries, were the domain of male elites in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain. Less well explored is the consumption of creative reproductions of Greek vases by elite and 'middling' women, and the participation of women across the social spectrum in the production of ceramics inspired by Greek vases. This article uses the Wedgwood archive to tell such stories. The subjects range from aristocratic designers through paintresses to women doing the hard labour of wedging. It argues for the importance of recognizing these engagements with Greek vases as part of the history of the reception of Greek vases in Britain. It explores the way that gender and class constrained the kind of contact women had with these materials, and it puts forward an interpretation of these engagements as independent embodied knowledge of Greek vases.

Close

Details

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-53
Number of pages20
JournalBulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies
Volume63
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020

Discover related content
Find related publications, people, projects and more using interactive charts.

View graph of relations

Related by author

  1. Introduction

    Petsalis-Diomidis, A., 2020, In: Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies. 63, 1, p. 8-14 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issuepeer-review

  2. Oral and material aspects of sanctuaries in Roman Greece: Delphi, Plutarch and Pausanias

    Petsalis-Diomidis, A., 1 Nov 2019, Aspects of Orality and Greek Literature in the Roman Empire. Ruiz Montero, C. (ed.). Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 242-64 22 p. (Pierides; vol. VIII).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Related by journal

  1. Leadership and individuality in the Athenian funeral orations

    Hesk, J., Jun 2013, In: Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies. 56, 1, p. 49-65

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  2. ‘Tyranny and Response’: Introduction

    Lewis, S., 11 Dec 2012, In: Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies. 55, 2, p. 69-71 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  3. Thinking about Kings

    Smith, C. J., Dec 2011, In: Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies. 54, 2, p. 21-42

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  4. Cracking the codex: Late roman legal practice in context

    Humfress, C., 1 Jan 2006, In: Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies. 49, 1, p. 241-254 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Related by journal

  1. Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies (Journal)

    Jon Hesk (Reviewer)

    1 Mar 20162 Mar 2016

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

ID: 271600589

Top