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Summer of Ceramics set for Lincolnshire’s Doddington Hall

Summer of Ceramics set for Lincolnshire’s Doddington Hall

Lincolnshire’s historic Doddington Hall is hosting a Summer of Ceramics, opening in July with exhibitions of contemporary art presented alongside its extraordinary ceramicscollection gathered over 300 years. There will be new displays and tours, talks and demonstrations from leading artists, makers and ceramics experts.

The Elizabethan mansion, near the cathedral city of Lincoln, provides the backdrop to thiscelebration of ceramics in all its forms. The Hall, designed by renowned Elizabethan architect Robert Smythson, was built of bricks from local clay pits.

The festival includes an exhibition of Doddington Hall’s extraordinary collection - including continental and English porcelain alongside the 20th Century British Studio pottery collection of Antony Jarvis with pieces by world-famous ceramicists with Lincolnshire connections including Edmund de Waal and Gordon Baldwin – alongside an exhibition of international and national ceramicists, staged in The Stable Yard Galleries.

The summer long series will open from 27 July to 8 September.

Current owner and guardian of the Hall, Claire Birch, said: “We’re proud to be welcoming international and national ceramicists to Doddington Hall. Major exhibitions, tours, talks and demonstrations will bring the house and our extraordinary collection to life for this 300th anniversary.”

The Stable Yard Galleries

In these Galleries curator Preston Fitzgerald will showcase renowned national and international makers at the frontier of ceramic design. Exhibits include decorative, functional, sculptural, figurative, abstract and artisan pottery as well as larger collection pieces available to buy. Exhibitors include Freya Bramble-Carter, James Faulkner, Ryan Barrett and Rafaela de Ascanio. There will also be a selection of work showcasing Lincolnshire ceramicistscurated by Susanna Gorst of Lincolnshire Wolds based Oxcombe Pottery.

Formal and Walled Gardens

Visitors will encounter installations throughout the formal and walled gardens.

The Hall

Inside the Hall, visitors will discover Doddington’s ceramics collection co-curated by Preston Fitzgerald and Rebecca Blackwood. The Edwin Jarvis collection of largely English ceramics will be presented with special displays of Torksey Pottery - an early 19th century factory established by William Billingsley who, unlike his contemporaries, painted from real life - and the extensive collection of 20th century British Studio pottery collected by Claire’s father, Antony Jarvis. There will also be pieces from world-famous ceramicists with Lincolnshire connections including Edmund de Waal and Gordon Baldwin.

Workshops, talks and masterclasses

Workshops, talks and masterclasses will give people the chance to have a go at new activities including handling clay, throwing a pot and painting ceramics with commissioned artists and makers. There will also be the opportunity to learn about both contemporary and historic ceramics with national and international experts.

Dates for workshops, talks and tours can be found at

Summer of Ceramics runs from 27 July to 8 September. Doddington Hall and Gardens will be open Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays, 12noon – 4.30pm. The gardens open at 11am and last admission is at 3.30pm. Admission applies.

The Stable Yard Galleries will be open daily 10am-4pm and entry is free of charge.

Go on - have a go!

Few art forms kindle growth and skills in children in the way that clay does. Working with clay is invaluable in sensory and motor skill development, building manual dexterity, self-esteem, and self-expression, problem solving skills, discipline, and pride. It has therapeutic qualities; children and adults immediately calm when using clay. Here are a few ways children learn through clay.

Co-ordination and sensory development

Clay is cold, it’s wet and squishy, it’s heavy, it begs to be poked, pinched, twisted and rolled. When children play with clay they develop fine and major motor skills. They inspect the clay’s surface and colour, they smell it, they laugh at the sounds it makes when it’s wet. For some children, it’s the first time they’ve got wet and dirty. When it’s ready to take home, children hold what they’ve made, smoothing their fingers over glazed surfaces inspecting their creation.

Trial and error

As children mould and shape it they become aware they are in charge. The feeling that they are in command gives them the confidence to attempt anything; opening their minds to self-expression and imagination. Everyone makes mistakes but when it comes to clay mistakes can be easily corrected so children learn to keep trying new things.


Creativity is a highly valued attribute. Playing with clay enables a child to mould different things with endless possibilities for exploration.

Learning through play

Clay is a tool for teaching lots of subjects. Numbers and letters can be moulded in clay for numeracy and literacy and science can be taught by testing clays. Clay is effective in preparing children to problem-solve and be creative.

There are numerous benefits of playing with clay from developing creativity, to physical dexterity and coordination, academic and problem-solving skills but most important its relaxing and pure, unadulterated fun!

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