Exclusively for Members

An Exclusive Online & In-Person Curator's Talk for Members of the Ashmolean

For those attending in person:
Tickets include access to Gallery 31 (Islamic Lustre & Tin Glaze Ceramics), and Gallery 40 (Studio Pottery in European Ceramics) for a non-guided tour until 5.15pm.
Tea, coffee and cake will be served in the Headley Lecture Theatre from 33.30pm


Francesca Leoni, Assistant Keeper and Curator of Islamic Art at the Ashmolean Museum

A quick walk around the ceramic galleries at the Ashmolean Museum is enough to reveal the popularity of the decorative technique known as lustreware - ceramic painted with an iridescent metallic pigment over the glaze.

First used in 10th-century Iraq, lustreware experienced many adaptations as craftsmen from countries as diverse as Iran, Spain, Mexico, and Britain explored its technical complexities and aesthetic virtues.

In this lecture, Dr Francesca Leoni will take us on a journey of this technique across time and geography, reflecting on its appeal as much as on its obscure, almost alchemical, nature.

The talk will be available to watch live on Zoom for those not able to attend in person.


Tickets are available to Members only.

This talk will take place both on Zoom (online) and in the Lecture Theatre (in-person) at the Ashmolean.

Tickets are required for both online (£7) and in-person (£15) attendance.


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