What can ceramics tell us about the virtue of a George Eliot heroine or a Dickensian hero? Let Dr. Rachel Gotlieb walk you through some well-known novels and paintings of the Victorian period to see how authors and artists used pottery and porcelain to provide insight into the characters they portrayed.
This richly illustrating talk will explain how depictions of ceramics played a central role in moralizing and decorating Victorian society.
Rachel Gotlieb, PhD, has curated over twenty exhibitions and published extensively on design, craft and ceramics. She is Adjunct Curator at the Gardiner Museum where she was previously Chief Curator and Interim Executive Director. Dr. Gotlieb was the founding curator of the Design Exchange. Her research has been supported by the Canada Council and the Museum of Heritage and has received awards from the Canadian Museums Association, the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and the Ontario Craft Council.