2017 past exhibitions

The first two exhibitions of the year - Batchelder: Tilemaker and Cast & Fired: Pasadena’s Mid-Century Ceramics Industry - spotlighted Pasadena’s pioneering twentieth century ceramic artists.

free exhibit admission this summer to active duty military personnel & their families

Batchelder: Tilemaker

 

Batchelder decorative tile

September 21, 2016 through March 12, 2017
Ernest A. Batchelder was an author, designer, educator, artist, and tilemaker who settled in Pasadena in the early 20th century. Batchelder: Tilemaker celebrated the 2015 donation to the Museum of a collection of Batchelder tiles and archives by leading Batchelder authority, Robert Winter, PhD, who also served as exhibition curator.
Thank you to our generous Signature Sponsor: Susan Stevens & Family

View the short film that was produced for this exhibit.

Cast & Fired:
Pasadena’s Mid-Century Ceramics Industry

Walter Starnes' ceramic warmer

September 21, 2016 through March 12, 2017
Southern California, with its rich clay deposits, emerged as a world leader in pottery and ceramics production for household use in the mid-twentieth century. Cast & Fired: Pasadena's Mid-Century Ceramics Industry explored this boom, which was ushered in by Ernest Batchelder's luminously-glazed Asian-inspired forms.
Thank you to our generous Signature Sponsor: John F. Merrell Charitable Foundation

Images: Batchelder bird tile, design #510, circa 1923 (Gift of Robert Winter, 2015.008.077); Base of a coffee pot warmer by Walter Starnes (Gift of Dr. Elizabeth A. Smalley, 2014.005.013)