Towards a Sunderland Pottery for the Twenty-First Century: Materializing Multiple Dialogues in Museum Display through Creative Ceramics

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In this paper I discuss how, as a ceramic artist embedded in Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (SMWG) as part of an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award project, I have attempted to develop an approach to collections-based community engagement through creative ceramic practice and museum display. I will show how new material dialogues have been established between the museum's nineteenth-century Sunderland lustreware pottery collection, its historical context, and the contemporary community of Sunderland.
LanguageEnglish
Pages71-88
JournalJournal of Museum Ethnography
Volume26
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2013

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  • Sunderland
  • pottery
  • museum
  • engagement
  • display

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