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5 Ceramic/Pottery Museums Around The World

By Chinelo Eze
22 March 2022   |   11:00 am
  The early days of kitchen utensils first began with the ceramic art of pottery until the tide of change brought what is considered the fine things of life in glossy shiny utensils being used today. However, in some places like Africa, this pottery was used at ceremonious events with symbolic motifs inscribed on their…

 

The early days of kitchen utensils first began with the ceramic art of pottery until the tide of change brought what is considered the fine things of life in glossy shiny utensils being used today.

However, in some places like Africa, this pottery was used at ceremonious events with symbolic motifs inscribed on their body.

The good old days of pottery are gone in contemporary times, but are preserved and can still be reminiscent of the way of life in 5 ceramic museums around the world.

The National Museum Of Australian Pottery

This Australian museum in Holbrook in New South Wales has over 1700 pottery for display dated from the 19th and 20th centuries. In 2007, the earliest forms of Australian pottery from Jonathan Leak were excavated in Sydney and are now on display with a wide variety of other items such as jugs, beautiful coloured pottery items, water filters, teapots and bottles.

Zibo Chinese Ceramics Museum

Located in the cultural square of the city centre and built near the Zibo. On display are the eye-catchy pottery works that invite you into the past life and present times of the people. With over 2500 ceramics excavated in Zibo houses, the museum showcases different ceramics plus 249 antiques. 

Watanabe Art Museum 

Established in 1978 by a doctor who collected items, this museum is the hub to lots of other collections like the Samurai’s swords and armour. This range of items includes the ceramics of other Asian cultures like Korean, Chinese and Japanese.

Ardmore Ceramic Art

Established in South Africa in the year 1985 by Zimbabwean-born ceramic artist Fee Halsted, Ardmore.

This is a spirited gallery and studio that produces modern ceramic art and is displayed by regional artists.

Few ceramic art exhibitions from across the globe are on display here. The agile art of ceramics has awakened human attention for a long while and will persist in coming years. 

Smithsonian National Museum Of African Arts 

Located in Washington DC, and home to 9,000 artefacts of ancient and modern art from several parts of Africa, a mid-20th-century pottery work of the Nupe tribe in Nigeria stands erect in this museum alongside other works of pottery from other parts of Africa. Most of the works on display were done by women in Africa, showing off the dexterity and rich culture of the people and with over 140 works from the continent of Africa like a water container from the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria, a beer container from the Chewa peoples of Malawi and water and oil containers from the Berber of Algeria.