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CSDA/CCAD Sundays:

If the Cups Could Talk:  Pottery in Victorian Painting and Literature

Date: Sunday, May 2, 2021 3pm EDT 

What can ceramics tell us about the virtue of a George Eliot heroine or a Dickensian hero? Let Dr. Rachel Gotlieb walk you through some well-known novels and paintings of the Victorian period to see how authors and artists used pottery and porcelain to provide insight into the characters they portrayed.

This richly illustrating talk will explain how depictions of ceramics played a central role in moralizing and decorating Victorian society.

NOTE: Non-members can join the CSDA/CCAD when registering for this event and save the $10 on the ticket fee. This event will be recorded and posted on the CSDA/CCAD website shortly after. 


Rachel Gotlieb, PhD, has curated over twenty exhibitions and published extensively on design, craft and ceramics.  She is Adjunct Curator at the Gardiner Museum where she was previously Chief Curator and Interim Executive Director. Dr. Gotlieb was the founding curator of the Design Exchange. Her research has been supported by the Canada Council and the Museum of Heritage and has received awards from the Canadian Museums Association, the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and the Ontario Craft Council.

Registration (CSDA/CCAD Member - Free) HERE  

Registration (CSDA/CCAD Member - Free) HERE  

Ornamentum 15th Anniversary Panel Discussion ‘Then and Now ‘

What do the following people have in common: A writer from Tofino, BC, a ceramicist from Halifax, NS and an art curator from Saint John, NB? Each contributed to the first issue of Ornamentum magazine!

Moderated by Rosalind Pepall, ‘Then and Now’ will feature panelists Erin Lynn McMullan, Alexandra McCurdy and Peter Larocque, as they look back over the last 15 years and discuss the landscape of decorative arts within Canada.

Reexperience what it was like to create a new magazine then and discover the latest trends in the decorative arts field now, hear what the panelists are working on and what is happening around them.

Join us on Sunday, May 23 at 3pm for this interactive and informative talk.


   Erin McMullan is a curator and a writer who is actively involved in the Tofino arts community in BC,                where she resides.Erin assisted as editor with Indigenous scholars including with Norma Shorty, PhD on          tracing her clan iconography through Yukon and Alaska and with artist-curator-scholar Jennifer Bowen on      an curatorial exhibition of Northern Indigenous artists and a paper on the Venice Biennale showcasing            Canadian Indigenous Art.

Alexandra McCurdy was recently inducted as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts. In 2019 she was also elected to The International Academy of Ceramics. She was Associate Curator of Ceramics at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia for six years and has shown her work both nationally and internationally.

   Peter Larocque has been involved in New Brunswick’s cultural sector for over forty years. He joined the         curatorial staff of the New Brunswick Museum in 1987 and since February 1995 he has been responsible       for the New Brunswick component of the fine and decorative arts collections.

Rosalind Pepall (Moderator) is a writer, collector, and former Senior Curator of Decorative Arts at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). Pepall continues to serve as a consultant, conference speaker and writer in the field of art.

Registration is free (we do accept donations of all amounts) HERE

"Collectors at Home" The CSDA/CCAD will be highlighting some of the beautiful, rare and/or sentimental pieces our members enjoy behind closed doors. To participate in the 2021 virtual presentations, please contact info@csda-ccad.org

This is a members event, so if you are not a member and would like to participate,  join the CSDA  to receive our magazine Ornamentum and access to more events like these.


The Canadian Society of Decorative Arts/ Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs was formed, with the generous support
of the Macdonald Stewart Foundation, to provide a forum for all those interested in the decorative arts.
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