THE ARTS
SOCIETY
BATH

Established 38 years ago, The Arts Society Bath (formerly Bath Decorative and Fine Arts Society) has a friendly, active membership who share an appreciation of and commitment to the arts.  

We have an exciting and wide-ranging programme of lectures, special interest days, gallery visits, and other social activities.

New members and visitors are always welcome at our meetings in the Tea Room at the Assembly Rooms Bath. There is a cafe where members can lunch, meet friends and new members before the lecture begins.

For more information, contact us via the contact page.



Lecture February 3rd. 2020 Passionate Potters:  

From De Morgan to Leach









William Morris led a revolution against the products of the machine age. The first of our ‘passionate potters’, William de Morgan, was a friend of Morris who rediscovered the secrets of Near Eastern lustre glazes. In contrast, the eccentric and argumentative Martin Brothers created a range of elaborate salt glazed pots unparalleled in their imaginative breadth. Sir Edmund Elton, the ‘potter baronet’, made pots which combine startling glazes with exotic forms. And finally, Bernard Leach, the father of English studio pottery, not only married the arts of Japan and England but created a legacy that is still alive today. This lecture explores the lives of these truly passionate potters and celebrates their extraordinary and beautiful creations. ...... custodians of an immense array of treasures of national significance including many Royal portraits such as that of HM The Queen during her Golden Jubilee year, commissioned by the Drapers’ Company which with the Sandringham Branch of the Women’s Institute is one of only two organisations of which The Queen is a member.enchantments.nown about him is his links to the richest copper and arsenic mine in Europe and his toxic green wallpapers that are said to have poisoned thousands of people across England.s to achieve the beautiful paintings and reliefs we can still see today, more than 3000 years after the burial tombs were sealed.showing how they reflect Botticelli’s world. apartments,

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Special Interest Day

Tuesday March 3rd 2020

‘Masterpieces of Tate Britain’













Lecturer:

Val Woodgate

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