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September 18, 2003
CONTACT: Judith Proffitt
proffitt@jhu.edu, or
Catherine Rogers Arthur
crarthur@jhu.edu, 410-516-5589

Ceramic Treasures Evaluated at
Homewood House Symposium

Lectures and verbal evaluations of guests' vintage ceramic objects will mark Homewood House Museum's "Ceramics Symposium and Discovery Day" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14, in the Merrick Barn on the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore.

Presented to coincide with Homewood's current exhibit Taste and Table: Ceramics in Early Maryland, the symposium will feature the expertise of three noted ceramics scholars. Exhibition curator Diana Edwards Murnaghan will present a slide show exploring "The Taste of the Times: A Century of Ceramics in Maryland." She has written extensively on 18th and 19th century ceramics. Murnaghan's initial research article, "English Aristocrats in Maryland Society: The Ceramics of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, His Family and Contemporaries," was first published in the American Ceramic Circle Journal and is the basis for the Taste and Table exhibition. Tom Walford, editor of the English Ceramics Circle Transactions, will also present a slide show lecture titled "A Short History of Creamware."

In addition to the lectures, verbal evaluations of participant's ceramics will be offered by Letitia Roberts, a senior international specialist with Sotheby's in New York. During her 30 year career with the noted auction house, Roberts was director of the European ceramics department, involved in the sales of major American ceramic collections. Roberts was also a frequent guest on the TV series "The Antiques Roadshow."

Admission to the Ceramics Symposium and Discovery Day is $18 for members of Homewood House and $20 for the public. A gourmet bag lunch may be ordered for an additional $10. To register, call Jane Sacco at 410-516-8639.

On display through Nov. 30, Taste and Table: Ceramics in Early Maryland examines ceramics used by the historic house's founding family, the Carrolls. Admission to Homewood House Museum is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for students. Admission to view the exhibition only is $3. Homewood House's Web site is www.jhu.edu/historichouses.

Digital photos of the exhibition are available upon request to Amy Cowles, 410-516-7160, or amycowles@jhu.edu.

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