Anne Forschler-Tarrasch will talk about Josiah Wedgwood and the history of the Wedgwood factory in England, founded in 1759. She will discuss Josiah's background and his rise from a modest Staffordshire potter to one of the richest men in England. Anne will highlight his relationship to his clients, his marketing techniques, and the variety of products he made that both responded to and set the pace for late 18th century English taste. She will also explore the influence of the Wedgwood brand through the 20th century.
Anne received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She completed her Master of Arts degree in History and Art History at the University of California, Riverside, and her Doctorate in Art History at the Technical University in Berlin, Germany.
Anne spent several years in Germany and focused on European decorative arts of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, developing a particular love for ceramics and decorative cast iron. In 2009, she attended the Attingham Summer School in England, furthering her decorative arts studies. and was named the American Friends of Attingham and Lillian Hirschmann Scholar.
Since September 1999, Anne has been The Marguerite Jones Harbert and John M. Harbert III Curator of Decorative Arts at the Birmingham Museum of Art, overseeing the care, display, and interpretation of a 16,000 object collection. She has curated a number of exhibitions for the Museum and has reinstalled several galleries. Anne facilitated the acquisition of the Buten Wedgwood Collection, one of the largest and most comprehensive of its kind.
She is a number of national organizations and currently serves on the boards of the Wedgwood International Seminar and the American Ceramic Circle. She is editor of the Proceedings of the Wedgwood International Seminar.
Portland Vase copy, about 1790, Wedgwood (est. 1759), jasper ware.
Collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art
The Dwight and Lucille Beeson Wedgwood Collection 1983.26