Fine Art

Museum Treasures

13/04/202010:0514/04/2020 08:23Leave a Comment

Eternal Spring by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) Eternal Spring by the French sculptor, Auguste Rodin is mounted on a metre-high plinth inside the entrance of the Art gallery. The bronze sculpture measures almost a metre in length and stands at just over half a metre high. It depicts the naked figures of a man and a […]

How to Explore the Museum from Home

It’s strange times we’re living in, and many of us are joining the working-from-home club or entering periods of social isolation. While our museum doors may be temporarily closed to the public, we’re fortunate enough that the wonders of the internet has made keeping everyone in touch easier than ever, and we’ll be using our […]

Hot off the Scanner

26/04/201910:1522/10/2019 09:57Leave a Comment

Digitisation is an important part of the core work of the collections team at the museum. Digital images of objects are vital for our collections database (helping us find and count objects in stores!), and allow us to share our collections more widely with the public across a variety of digital platforms which include social […]

New Acquisition to the art collection

19/04/201909:0029/04/2019 15:24Leave a Comment

Still Life with Pigeon (1928) by William Coldstream (1908-1987) We are always very grateful that people generously offer us items for the museum collections. We were recently delighted by a gift of the painting, Still Life with Pigeon (1928) by William Coldstream (1908-1987). Coldstream was one of the most influential British painters of the 20th […]

The Potteries Museum Dinosaur Sculpture

18/01/201912:0308/06/2020 12:28Leave a Comment

Recent visitors to the Natural Science Gallery will have noticed a shiny new addition – a stunning metal dinosaur sculpture.

This path one time long time ago

24/08/201814:5424/08/2018 14:55Leave a Comment

This exhibition comes from a collaboration between myself, the Natural History department of the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and AirSpace Gallery. It comes from a long term project that AirSpace has undertaken regarding the brownfield sites in and around Stoke-on-Trent. So the invitation was to think about the brownfield sites and the Natural History […]

Phillip Connard, The Lilac Dress

23/02/201811:1521/02/2018 17:41Leave a Comment

This rather enigmatic portrait of a lady, known as The Lilac Dress, is one of the earliest paintings purchased for the museum’s fine art collection in 1926. The Lancashire-born artist Phillip Connard RA (1875-1958), first worked as a house painter and studied art part-time until he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art. […]

Museum Treasures: A Burslem Boy

09/02/201814:3412/02/2018 13:55Leave a Comment

  The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery has a long tradition of exhibiting and supporting local artists. One such artist is John Shelton (1923-1993), two of his paintings are held in the museum’s permanent fine art collection. Shelton studied at the Burslem School of Art along with fellow students, Arthur Berry and Norman Cope. In 1944 […]