The American Ceramics Circle 2011 Symposium is in Birmingham, Alabama this year. The theme of the symposium is “Function and Fancy: Ceramics from across the globe.”  The symposium is November 3-6, at the Sheraton Hotel, Birmingham.  In addition to the symposium a preconference tour includes a trip to historic Columbus, Mississippi, a tour of the Tennessee Williams home, a personal tour of a private 1837 home with the opportunity to see an extensive collection of Parian and Paris porcelain. From there we visit Whitehall, an 1843 former plantation home, and a tour of Rosedale, one of the finest examples of Italianate architecture in the South. Speakers for the symposium include Dr. Anne Forschler-Tarrasch,  The Marguerite Jones Harbert and John M. Harbert II Curator of Decorative Arts, Birmingham Museum of Art, Dr. Don Wood, Senior Curator of Asian Art, The Virginia and William M. Spencer III, The Birmingham Museum of Art, Roin FuchsII, Curator Reeves Collection Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA, Dr. Maurice Hillis, Independent Ceramics Scholar, Chester, England.


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