As an outreach to the ACC membership we provide occasional virtual programs to share research from ceramics scholars and provide insight from working potters. These lectures are open to all ceramic aficionados.

Please join the ACC for the next virtual program, a special presentation by Thomas Michie:

A Formidable Assembly: The Katz Collection of English Porcelain at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 5:00 pm EST

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Meeting ID: 962 4851 4903
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​Between 1954 and 1988, Jessie and Sigmund Katz of Covington, Louisiana formed a collection of early English porcelain that is widely regarded as among the finest ever assembled. Despite the fame of the collection, little has been written about the Katzes themselves. This lecture will examine their criteria for collecting, the dealers who advised them, their connections to the museums in Boston and Providence, and the curators whom they befriended along the way. 

Thomas Michie is Russell B. and Andrée Beauchamp Stearns Senior Curator Emeritus of Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He previously held curatorial positions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and at the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. A graduate of Williams College, he holds an M. Phil. degree in history of art from Yale University. He is past president of the Decorative Arts Society and has served on the Board of the American Ceramic Circle.

2021 Virtual Programs

Figure of a Woman Playing a Lyre, Bow Porcelain Manufactory, 1754-58.
Jessie and Sigmund Katz Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.