American Ceramics at the Met: Recent Acquisitions

In this lecture series, Museum curators showcase the architectural elements, silver, ceramics, furniture, and other works now on view in The American Wing.

The Metropolitan Museum's collection of American ceramics ranges from rare early examples of porcelain and redware to nineteenth-century relief-molded ware to artistic ware such a porcelain and earthenware. Adrienne Spinozzi, a researcher in the Department of American Decorative Arts, talks about objects collected over the past ten years, including pieces of American art pottery from the extraordinary promised gift of Robert A. Ellison. The new installation, now on display in the balcony and mezzanine galleries of the New American Wing, juxtaposes ceramics, glass, and silver objects, inviting close comparison of the way form and style are interpreted in different media.

Adrienne Spinozzi, research assistant, American Decorative Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This Saturday at the Met is made possible by the Clara Lloyd-Smith Weber Fund.

Learn more about the Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection of American Ceramics, 1876-1959:

Learn more about plans for the finished New American Wing, to open January 16, 2012:

Collections, The American Wing (35)

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The New American Wing Galleries
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Teen Screens—Set in Stone
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New American Wing Galleries
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The Electrotyping Process
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