I had a very exciting email today from Helen Walsh, who is Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts for York Museums Trust.
Helen mailed to let me know that the Trust has agreed the purchase of this large baluster jug, from the excellent on-line gallery, Oakwood Ceramics and that it is to be added to the Museum permanent collection.
The Museum boasts the biggest and most important collection of studio ceramics in Britain, so of course I'm thrilled to bits have a piece in the collection, which contains work by many of the great potters who have influenced my life and work.
The museum also houses a spectacular collection of medieval jugs, pictures of which I've had posted on the walls of my workshop for some time now and are very significant pots for me.
Here's an excerpt from Helen's email
Everyone here is really pleased about the purchase as it will sit very well amidst our collections, both archaeological and studio pottery. The money for the purchase has come from the WA Ismay collection and as Bill Ismay loved the medieval jugs in York's collection, I am sure he would approve! We are looking forward to working with you later this year on the country pottery exhibition instigated by Alex McErlain and hope you will be able to come up to York at some point to see the collection.
More about the country pottery exhibition at a later date, in the meantime, thank you to Helen, to the Trustees and to Alex who has done much to make this happen.