How it began
Image Sian Phillips
Debbie Devauden, our Chair, asked Rachel Needham how it all came about - here’s what she said –
“It was completely by chance!
Both Bill and I are Friends of the Museum of Royal Worcester. At a Friends’ Tea Party, last year, Bill was chatting to Amanda Savidge, the retiring Museum Director, and happened to mention that I was part of a group of artists who had been taught by Stuart Lafford, who had worked as a factory artist.
We showed Sophie Heath, the present Director, our work and, as they say, the rest is history. We won a wonderful Botanical Award to fund a collaborative Exhibition.
We have had 4 very enjoyable sessions at the Museum, part guided tour, part looking at their impressive archive of drawings and paintings.
As a result 25 members are inspired to contribute work to our exhibition - "Botanical Treasures - inspiration from nature in porcelain and on paper".
By the way the name porcelain comes from an old Italian word for a cowrie shell and its lustrous transparency. Fascinating!”