13 May 2011

Spode and Orchids - A Date for Your Diary

When? Thursday July 14th 2011 at 3.30pm

What? Here is advance notice of my new talk called Pots of Orchids. This is one of a series of talks, by a number of speakers, associated with the James Bateman Bicentenary celebrations in conjunction with the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, The National Trust and The Staffordshire Gardens and Parks Trust.
Spode and orchids might be thought of as an unlikely and unexpected combination. Here is a glimpse of what I will include:
·        A little history of the Spode company under both Spodes and Copelands.
·        A look at botanical influences on Spode designs.
·        Connections with local man James Bateman are explored, explaining specific associations with his mammoth book The Orchidaceae of Guatemala & Mexico. This includes details of my discovery of fragments of this important botanical work, its identification, rescue and conservation.
·        Then we look at 200 years of exquisite orchid designs on Spode pots.

Who is James Bateman?