Sublime Symmetry: The Mathematics behind De Morgan’s Ceramic Designs

Sublime Symmetry: The Mathematics behind De Morgan’s Ceramic Designs
Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

When: 20 May 2023 to 10 September 2023
Where: Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery Queen St, Exeter, EX4 3RX
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Cost: £6
Suitable for: Any age

Sublime Symmetry investigates the use of mathematical principles in De Morgan’s beautiful ceramic designs.

Schools and other educational groups wishing to visit this exhibition please book through Sublime Symmetry, Educational group visits.

William De Morgan (1839-1917) was undoubtedly the most intriguing and inventive ceramic designer of the late Victorian period. His conjuring of fantastical beasts and manipulation of meandering flora and fauna fascinated his contemporaries and still captivates today.

During his career, William De Morgan revolutionised the field of ceramic design with his reinvention of lusterware, dedication to exploring Middle Eastern designs, invention and use of his own kilns, and his wonderful patterns.

Through examination of the mathematical devices used in his designs, Sublime Symmetry presents De Morgan as a natural mathematician and talented draughtsman.

This exhibition has been freshly curated for RAMM by Sarah Hardy, Director of the De Morgan Museum, and features objects not previously exhibited as part of the tour. On loan from the Trustees of the De Morgan Foundation.

A 36 page colour catalogue, Sublime Symmetry: the Mathematics behind De Morgan’s Ceramic Designs, featuring text by the Exhibition Curator Sarah Hardy and 30 colour images of De Morgan’s work, can be purchased for £5.

Special offer: pre-order your copy for just £4 when you book your ticket. Your catalogue will be ready for collection when you visit the exhibition.

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