Manchester School of Art – Recent Acquisitions

We are very grateful to have received a number of donations over the last few months including:

  • The Manchester Moleskine (2016), donated by Pecha Kucha Night Manchester. The Manchester Moleskine was a two year project
    co-founded by designers Jon Massey and Adam Stanway. An A5 Moleskine sketchbook was hand delivered by Jon and Adam to 52 diverse, Manchester-based creatives inviting them to contribute a unique piece over a double-page spread.  Money raised from the sale of the sketchbook went to Forever Manchester, a charity that supports community activity across Greater Manchester.
  • A number of marbled papers from the 1980s by Ann Muir, donated by Dr Lindsay Newman.
  • A number of Curwen Papers from the 1930s, donated by Colin Cohen.
  • Three ceramic dishes designed by Mitzi Cunliffe, probably in the 1950s, for Pilkingtons Royal Lancastrian Pottery, donated by Judith and Robert Sandling.
  • Archive of the exhibition The Falklands factor: representations of a conflict, Manchester City Art Gallery and the History of Art and Design Department of Manchester Polytechnic, 1989. Donated by Jim Aulich.

We have also acquired a number of works by Manchester School of Art alumni including:

  • Re-engineered Brown Betty teapot by Ian McIntyre for Cauldron Ceramics, Staffordshire, 2018.
  • The Boethius suite of etchings by David Chandler, 1999, given by the artist.
  • Two lithographic prints by Janet Kirk, a student from 1908-1909.
  • Two prints by Sydney Lee (1866 – 1949), a British wood engraver and a founder member of the Society of Wood Engravers. Lee studied at the School of Art from 1919-20. We are grateful to Leighton House Museum, London, for transferring these prints to us.

Woodcut by Sydney Lee, 1904-5

The Brown Betty Teapot: re-imagined for the 21st century

The Brown Betty teapot was once in its produced in its millions but in recent decades has been overlooked. The ceramic artist Ian McIntyre is hoping to change this by re-imagining the design of the teapot for the 21st century. McIntyre, who studied 3D Design at Manchester School of Art, is currently undertaking a Collaborative Doctoral Award with the School of Art, York Art Gallery and the British Ceramics Biennial.

His research focuses on how to refine the design of the Brown Betty teapot and create a new version that reinstates the best elements of the original design.  He is also researching the history of red earthenware production in Stoke-on-Trent and is working with Cauldron Ceramics, producers of the Brown Betty.

McIntyre has made use of the Trade Catalogue Collection, held at All Saints Library, to source original images of the Brown Betty for his research. A selection of Trade Catalogues is on display in our Spotlight Gallery on the ground floor of All Saints Library until 20 October 2017. Read more about the collection here.

The teapot will be launched at the British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent, which runs from 23 September – 5 November 2017,  and currently graces the cover of the latest edition of the Crafts Council’s Crafts magazine.