A Passion for Blue and White: the Social History of Blue and White Porcelain

Ref: C3670934

A social history of blue & white porcelain from its Chinese origins to its appeal for English manufacturers in the 18th c. Looking at its status as display items and its role in the English fascination with tea drinking, then to its relegation to the kitchens of the Victorians. Shipwrecked cargoes will also be studied and their role in its continuing popularity. To include field visits to local collections.

Course aim

To provide a social history of blue & white porcelain from its Chinese origins through to its exclusivity in the 17th & 18th centuries and on to its popularity today.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the origin of porcelain and how the blue & white colour way was produced
  • List the principal English factories producing blue & white porcelain in the 18th c
  • Explain the link of porcelain to the demand for tea drinking in the 17th & 18th c
  • Explain how the discovery of shipwrecked cargoes led to a surge in popularity of blue & white porcelain in the 20th c

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

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A Passion for Blue and White: the Social History of Blue and White Porcelain Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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