Handmade in Britain starts on Monday

By Rosanna Holmes,
6th October 2011 - 11:43
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BBC Four teams up with the V&A for a new series on the history of British decorative arts 

BBC Four has partnered with the Victoria and Albert Museum for an ambitious year-long season of programmes on the major developments that have defined British decorative arts over the centuries.

'Handmade in Britain' kicks off on Monday with a three-part mini series Ceramics: A Fragile History, which focuses on the domestic pottery of the Tudor period, 18th-century Spode china and the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 1900s. Stoke-on-Trent’s role at the centre of the ceramics industry and studio potters such as Bernard Leach are also investigated. It draws on the V&A’s vast collection of ceramics and notable contributors to the series include collector and naturalist David Attenborough and British ceramicists Edmund de Waal and Grayson Perry.
To complement the series, BBC Four will also broadcast two 60-minute films, including Treasures of Chinese Porcelain on Tuesday 11th October at 9pm, in which Roadshow expert Lars Tharp seeks to explain the popularity of the country’s ceramics in the west.
Later on in the year, other mediums such as wood, metal and paper will be explored.
Ceramics: A Fragile History starts on Monday 10th October at 9pm on BBC Four.