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Drink and Be Merry as Potteries Museum and Art Gallery announces new exhibition and Easter events

  • Date: 28 March 2013
  • Area: Midlands
Cow Creamer

Cow Creamer. Credit: Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery announce exhibitions and events for 2013 including the Drink and Be Merry exhibition which started in March, running until 30 June 2013.

The exhibition highlights some of the museum’s huge collection of drinking vessels ranging from the 17th Century to the 21st. The collections include many pieces used for preparing and serving drinks while others show drinking scenes. Some are special pieces, highly decorated or personalised while others are utilitarian but illustrate the importance of the sociable aspect of drinking.

On display will be teapots, jugs and cups in the form of houses, fruit, animals and people which have amused and intrigued customers since the 18th Century. Many pieces reflect the intended contents of the vessels such as cow-shaped milk jugs. Other animal inspired objects include mugs with a moulded frog fixed on the inside to startle a drinker and hunting cups, usually in the form of an animal’s head, which could not be put down until they were empty.

Whatever your drinking pleasure is, be it tea, coffee, wine or beer, there will definitely be a vessel on display for your favourite tipple.

Claire  Blakey, Assistant Ceramics Officer said "I was really excited to be able to put together an exhibition almost entirely from our own collections, featuring pots which are not normally on display. The themes of social drinking are universal and the events organised around the exhibition are sure to be popular and bring in a new audience".

One of the exciting events running alongside the exhibition is the Alice in Wonderland Day with Curious Company on Wednesday 10 April 10.30am – 4pm. Visitors have the opportunity to chase the White Rabbit, have tea with the Mad Hatter and play croquet with the Queen of Hearts. See these familiar characters brought to life to produce real time storytelling that audiences become a part of. With style and humour Curious Company will take you down the rabbit hole and show a curious time this Easter.

For more information on talks and events running alongside the exhibition please click here.