ONLINE TALK & BOOK LAUNCH: Ceramic, Art & Civilisation with Paul Greenhalgh

Saturday 27 March 2021

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The curator of our new ceramics exhibition Paul Greenhalgh launches and discusses his new book ‘Ceramic, Art and Civilisation’.

In his new book Paul Greenhalgh tells the story of ceramics as a story of human civilisation, from the Ancient Greeks to the present day. As a core craft technology, pottery has underpinned domesticity, business, religion, recreation, architecture, and art for millennia. Indeed, the history of ceramics parallels the development of human society.

Paul Greenhalgh is a writer, historian, curator of art and design. He is currently Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, Norwich.


“This is an extraordinary accomplishment. It animates the history of world ceramics in a manner that has not been achieved before. It is full of remarkable insight and beautiful details and will reach a huge and appreciative audience.” Edmund de Waal, artist and writer

“Not for a long time has there been such a comprehensive account of the history of ceramics. In this book Paul Greenhalgh captures the importance of the material to our human experience.” Dame Professor Magdalene Odundo OBE, Emerita in Ceramics and Chancellor of the University for the Creative Arts.