“Holy Grail” of American Ceramics Found During Archaeological Excavation of New Museum Site in Philadelphia
Discovery Marks First Physical Proof of American-Made Hard-Paste Porcelain
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 3, 2017 — At first glance it may seem unassuming, but a small, white bowl uncovered during an archaeological excavation in Philadelphia has thrilled the ceramics world. The bowl marks the first physical proof of American-made true, hard-paste porcelain ever found.
Hard-paste – or true – porcelain, first produced by Chinese potters around the 7th century A.D., is notable for its desirable degree of translucency. Attempts to replicate the process were ongoing throughout the Western world in the 18th century.
“One of the most intriguing stories in the world of ceramic history is the search for the secrets of making hard-paste porcelain,” said Robert Hunter, editor of Ceramics in America and an author and archaeologist.
“The search, however, for physical evidence of making true porcelain in 18th century America has been frustratingly unsuccessful – until now. The discovery of this bowl is like finding the holy grail of American ceramics, and is a thrilling addition to the history of the American effort to produce this coveted material.”
The Museum of the American Revolution, which opens in the heart of historic Philadelphia on April 19, 2017, will explore the dynamic story of the American Revolution using its rich collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, letters, diaries, and works of art. Immersive galleries, theaters experiences, and recreated historical environments will bring to life the events, people, and ideals of our nation’s founding and engage people in the history and continuing relevance of the American Revolution. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, Carpenters’ Hall, and Franklin Court, the Museum will serve as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit www.AmRevMuseum.org or call 877.740.1776.
The New York Ceramics & Glass Fair, which includes 28 of the top international ceramic and glass dealers, takes place at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street (between First and Second Avenues), and opens with a Private Preview on Wednesday, January 18, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and to the public on Thursday, January 19 through Sunday, January 22. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person and can be used throughout the duration of the fair. An important component to the New York Ceramics & Glass Fair is their extensive lecture program, which runs throughout the duration of the fair. With a line-up of distinguished curators and experts, this year's series will not disappoint collectors and connoisseurs of all stripes. And neither will the two loan exhibitions: "Expression and Experimentation in Clay," curated by Thomas Loller and "Private Thoughts: Beadwork Sculpture," by Leslie B. Grigsby. The New York Ceramics & Glass Fair is co-produced by Meg Wendy of MCG Events LLC and Liz Lees, of Caskey Lees Inc. For more information visit, www.nyceramicsandglass.com or phone at 929-265-2850.