Fifty Shades of Blue
Central Gallery Level 2
Blue and white ceramics are one of the earliest forms of popular culture and one of the world’s great design successes. They have been popular for over two centuries.
The Fifty Shades of Blue exhibition includes over 150 blue transfer printed plates from the TMAG collection, spanning from the late 18th century to the early 20th century.
They are displayed in the upstairs window cases in the Central Gallery and are organised into the five popular themes of exotic places and stories, classical antiquity, China, Britain and plants and flowers.
Studio Ceramics is a small display focussed on platters and jugs made by studio potters in Australia from the 1950s through to the early 2000s. It includes works 18 by ceramicists: Les Blakebrough (b. 1930), Patrick Collins (b. 1942), Robin Cox (b. 1935), Greg Daly (b. 1954), Pippin Drysdale (b. 1943), Ivan Englund (1915 – 2007), Victor Greenaway (b. 1947), Milton Moon (b. 1926), Harold Hughan (1893 – 1987), Tim Jacobs (b. 1950), Lorraine Lee (b. 1951), Carl McConnell (1926 – 2003), Cynthia Mitchell (b. 1930), Alan Peascod (1943 – 2007), Shiga Shigeo (1928 - 2011), Derek Smith (b. 1931), Penny Smith (b. 1947), Hiroe Swen (b. 1934).
Image details: (left) Royal Doulton (United Kingdom), cabinet plate: HMS Lion, c. 1920, ceramic (underglaze transfer decorated glazed earthenware). Presented from the Gino Codignotto and George Wilson Collection, 2012.; (right) Maker unknown (United Kingdom), plate, early 19th century, ceramic (underglaze transfer decorated earthenware). Presented from the Gino Codignotto and George Wilson Collection, 2012.