Oxford Ceramics Group

The objective of the Oxford Ceramics Group is to encourage the study of European pottery and porcelain whilst also exploring their links to other cultures. We aim to provide a forum for collectors, students and enthusiasts to obtain and exchange information.

Royal Crown Derby Vase – painted by R Hague. Circa 1908.


Welcome to the Oxford Ceramics Group.We cover all aspects of ceramics  from the 17th century to the 20th  century, and our members have a wide range of interests.

The group organises study days, lectures and visits throughout the year which are carefully designed to provide members with stimulating material of the highest quality. Lecturers are amongst the leading authorities in their fields of study. On study days the group usually arranges handling sessions where lecturers are at hand to answer questions.

The group most frequently holds its meetings in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, but sometimes an Oxford college provides the venue.

The Oxford Ceramics Group aims to make meetings enjoyable for members as well as informative.

Dutch delft jug. Circa 1700.

Join us

To become a member of the Oxford Ceramics Group, please download the form, fill it out and post it to:

The Membership Secretary
Orchard Lea House
Steeple Aston
Bicester OX25 4RT

Annual subscription rates are £23 per person or £30 for two persons living at the same address.

Please make all cheques payable to ‘The Oxford Ceramics Group’

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Ashmolean Museum Oxford

Turn, turn, my wheel! Turn round and round / Without a pause, without a sound: / So spins the flying world away! / This clay, well mixed with marl and sand, / Follows the motion of my hand; / For some must follow, and some command, / Though all are made of clay!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The oldest known ceramic artifact is dated as early as 28,000 BCE, during the late Paleolithic period. … It is believed that from China the use of pottery successively spread to Japan and the Russian Far East region where archeologists have found shards of ceramic artifacts dating to 14,000 BCE.

Whoever cultivates clay, harvests silk.

Sicilian proverb