Newport Restoration Foundation

The Newport Restoration Foundation continues its exploration of the history and techniques of ceramics presented in this year’s exhibit, Fired and Inspired: Ceramics at Rough Point. The exhibit includes historic pieces collected by Doris Duke alongside contemporary artists’ work installed throughout the Rough Point mansion.

The lecture series begins with a look at the expanded and improved European ceramics installation at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Allison Newsome, guest curator of Fired and Inspired, will provide insight into the process of developing the exhibition of contemporary ceramics at Rough Point. Another session will explore the more than 6,000-piece collection, spanning seven centuries, at the RISD Museum. The final lecture, held in partnership with the Newport Historical Society, looks at a contemporary printmaker’s approach to applying engraved images to pottery. See the full schedule below:

Old Friends, New Directions: European Ceramics at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Thomas Michie

Russell B. and Andree Beauchamp Stearns Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Art of Europe, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Thursday, September 17, 5:30-7:30pm

$10 general

This talk explores how recent gallery renovations have created exciting opportunities for expanded and improved displays of the museum’s renowned collection of European ceramics, including 16th-, 17th-, and 18th-century faience and porcelain.

Fired and Inspired: A Curatorial Examination

Allison Newsome

Artist and Curator, Warren, RI

Thursday, September 24, 5:30-7:30pm

$10 general

Guest curator Allison Newsome will reveal the process behind curating Rough Point’s 2015 ceramics exhibit, Fired and Inspired. She will also discuss her body of work, which includes a recent commission for Newport’s Audrain Automobile Museum and a 500 gallon stainless steel cistern sculpture for the Bristol Garden Club.

From Maiolica to Modern: Ceramics at the RISD Museum

Elizabeth Williams

David and Peggy Rockefeller Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, RISD Museum

Thursday, October 1, 5:30-7:30pm

$10 general

Comprising more than 6,000 pieces, the ceramics collection of RISD’s Decorative Arts and Design department spans seven centuries and circles the globe. This talk will survey the museum’s extensive holdings, its active collecting practice, and work with contemporary ceramics artists.

In conjunction with the Newport Historical Society

Printed Pictures on Clay: Historic and Contemporary Transferware

Andrew Raftery

Professor, Printmaking, Rhode Island School of Design

Tuesday, October 14, 5:30-7:30pm

Newport Historical Society, 82 Touro Street

$10 general, $5 Newport Historical Society members

Andrew Raftery will discuss historic ceramic transferware in the collections of the NRF and the Newport Historical Society from an engraver’s point of view and talk specifically about his own recent series: “The Autobiography of a Garden on Twelve Engraved Plates.”

The first three lectures will be held at Rough Point, 680 Bellevue Avenue, Newport; the final lecture will be held at the Newport Historical Society’s headquarters at 82 Touro Street, Newport. Registration is available at For more information, contact Kelsey Mullen, Coordinator for Academic Programs & Special Projects, at 401-846-4152 ext. 113


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