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Future exhibitions and displays

Ceramics in the City

Friday 19, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September, 10am - 5pm. Free. 

Thursday 18 September, 6 - 8.30pm. (special launch evening open to all)

Spiral bowls by Ben Davies

Spiral pinch bowls by Ben Davies, 2014 Ceramics in the City exhibitor

This vibrant/popular annual celebration of ceramics brings together the work of 50 selected ceramicists from across the UK, a mix of leading names and rising talents.

An exciting array of work will be on sale, from classic homeware and lighting to purely ornamental and idiosyncratic one-off pieces, showcasing a wide variety of techniques, styles, texture and colour. Delicate porcelain will be shown alongside earthy stoneware, cool white glazes will contrast with colourful painted vessels, and lighting will brighten the display. Prices range from £10 for smaller objects to several hundred pounds for large-scale creations.

Throughout the event, visitors will have the opportunity to browse, buy, talk to the ceramicists and watch free demonstrations. 

View our preview image gallery. Download the press release.


Elisabeth Barry  Ken Eardley  Agalis Manessi 
Svend Bayer  Antje Ernestus  Hannah McAndrew
Matthew Blakely  Penny Fowler  Isabel Merrick
Linda Bloomfield  Eluned Glyn  Sue Mundy
Dylan Bowen  James Hake  Emily Myers
Rowena Brown
Nic Harrison  Sue Paraskeva 
Annette Bugansky
Raewyn Harrison  Sian Patterson
Karen Bunting
Richard Heeley  RAMP
Emma Clegg
Akiko Hirai  Lesley Risby
Simon Conolly  Anna Collette Hunt  Helen Rondell
Amy Cooper
Lisa Katzenstein  Suleyman Saba
Jane Cox
Ruth King  Julia Smith 
Clare Crouchman
Tony Laverick  Keith Varney
Ben Davies
Chris Lewis  Sarah Villeneau
John Dawson
Trevor Lillistone  Mizuyo Yamashita
Maria De Haan
Sophie MacCarthy   

Demonstrations and talks

  • Friday 19 September, 2.15 - 3pm with Sue Paraskeva
  • Saturday 20 September, 12.45 - 1.30pm with Akiko Hirai
  • Sunday 21 September, 12.45 - 1.30pm with Dylan Bowen

Children's craft activities - all ages

Painted Porcelain

Saturday 20 September, 2 - 4pm

Paint a ceramic item inspired by patterns found throughout the museum

Brilliant Bunting

Saturday 21 September, 2 - 4pm

Create crazy ceramic-inspired bunting to hang in your home.

London Design Festival Icon design trail 2014

Christmas Past: 400 Years of Seasonal Traditions in English Homes

Tuesday 25 November 2014 to Sunday 4 January 2015.  Free admission

Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day

1935 period room at Christmas Past - photography Steve Speller

A 1935 living room at Christmas Past / photography Steve Speller

Each year, the Geffrye Museum’s eleven period living rooms are transformed with authentic festive decorations, lighting, music and greenery to give visitors a magical glimpse into how Christmas has been celebrated in English middle-class homes over the past 400 years. A perennial favourite, many visitors say that the Christmas Past exhibition has become an essential part of their own Yuletide traditions.

Step back through the centuries and discover the origins and meanings of some of the rich and vibrant traditions of Christmas past, from feasting, dancing and kissing under the mistletoe to playing parlour games, hanging up stockings, sending cards, decorating the tree and throwing cocktail parties.

The accompanying programme of events will focus on the 18th century in celebration of the tri-centenary of the museum’s almshouse buildings. Highlights include festive greenery workshops, a concert by candlelight, a special open evening, exhibition talks and ‘Farewell to Christmas’ – the Geffrye’s traditional burning of the Christmas greenery, with carol singing, stories about Epiphany and a taste of mulled wine and Twelfth night cake.

Access the press release here.

Corporate keyhole logo for Geffrye Museum