Tea was an exotic beverage that reached the West initially from China, and brought with it luminous, resonant porcelain. The combination of tea and porcelain influenced social habits and fuelled demand for new objects to accommodate the ever-changing fashion of taking tea. Robyn Ives will explore the impact of tea and how furnishing the equipage for tea drinking revolutionised English ceramics production.
ROBYN IVES is President of the Wedgwood Society of Australia. She is a collector and lecturer with an extensive knowledge of Wedgwood of all periods and styles. 18th century Wedgwood comes within her particular interest in Post Medieval English pottery.
Worcester porcelain factory Worcester, (est. 1751 - 2009) teacup and saucer, England, circa 1772, The Johnston Collection (2013), bequest of Alwynne Jona OAM, Ambassador to The Johnston Collection