Antiques Explored Session 1 – Mission Impottable. Or, the story of English Ceramics: Pottery, Porcelain, Bone China, Basalt & Stoneware


Morning Course

Cherry Nixon

26 October 2020

£33 includes lunch

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A series of three morning courses with lunch for anyone with an interest in antiques or the history of our country.

The first morning charts the fascinating story of English ceramics. The second highlights the importance of fashion in tea wares enabling students, in many cases, to date a Georgian cup at a glance. The final morning tells the tale of English drinking glasses from the development of lead glass in the late 17th Century to the mass production of Victorian glass wares for the expanding middle classes.

Each session contains a hands-on opportunity and discussions on identifying and dating these pieces completes the empowering experience.

Session 1 Mission Impottable – Or, the story of English Ceramics – Pottery! Porcelain! Bone China! Basalt! Stoneware! …. the words go around in our minds until our heads spin. Our mission, (should we decide to accept it), is to trace the origins of the different ceramic bodies. The lecture is given an extra dimension of interest by being placed in historical context highlighting the pitiable plight of the ill-starred Royals.  Followed by an opportunity to examine a range of pieces.

Tutor information

Cherry Nixon (BA, PGCE) has been a keen collector for over twenty years. She trained as a teacher of adults in the mid eighties and, determined to follow her heart, created her own course “Learn About Antiques & Collectables” which she taught at Bath and Birmingham Universities and many other colleges. She has produced a video guide for enthusiasts, Dynamic Dating – the guide to dating British ceramics.

She created the country’s first hands-on eBay course “Buying and Selling on eBay for Technological Simpletons” which was featured on Tonight With Trevor MacDonald and she was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s In Business. She is the author of several books on eBay, including eBay for Everyone.

Covid information

Dillington House wishes to reassure everyone that we are working closely with Somerset County Council to ensure every measure is being taken to make Dillington House a safe place for everyone.

All course participants will be sent further guidance prior to the course date.

Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.