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Spinning Plates Lars Tharp Thursday 02 May 2019

Spinning Plates-Lars Tharp
Study Day Thursday 2nd May 2019

The Arts society looked forward to Lars coming to lead our Study Day on ceramics. We had two morning lectures dealing with the progression of china in Europe and especially from the Far East. Ships went with cargo to China and china was used as ballast for the ships coming home. Lars talked about the different styles and fashions of china particularly those used in the great houses of UK and Europe. He particularly mentioned Dresden and the great Meissen factory. He is escorting a tour there next year and I know one of our ladies has booked to go. It should be informative and good fun knowing Lars’ wonderful sense of humour!

After lunch we had our own road show when Lars studied the objects we had brought. I had brought a vase which as part of a pair was not worth much in spite of all the effort to produce it. 0ne lady’s dish was worth over £2000 – inherited from her grandmother. Mostly the china we brought was now considered out of fashion.

Everyone enjoyed the day and look forward to Lars coming again in January for our double lecture. We presented him with a toy for his new dog Freddie. The toy now rejoices in the name Sheffie.

I have recently (August 2019) heard from Lars: "As his favourite toy is chewed into Oblivion we just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for all the benefits passed on to us: sparing 95% of our gnaw-able furniture and our fingers; ‘Sheffie’ has maintained Freddie’s brilliant white teeth (from baby to adult); and even in the final shreads of ‘Sheffie’s’ ever more threadbare state Freddie and Sheffie are inseparable....his replacement junior is about to be delivered by Amazon...

Best wishes to the Society...."

Sheila Dunstan - Study Day Secretary