Exhibition now on - Sublime Symmetry: the Mathematics behind William De Morgan's Designs at Guildhall Art Gallery, London until 28 October 2018.....
A close friend and colleague of Morris, William De Morgan was undoubtedly the most intriguing and inventive ceramic designer of the late Victorian period. His conjuring of fantastical beasts to wrap themselves around the contours of ceramic hollowware and his manipulation of fanciful flora and fauna to meander across tile panels fascinated his contemporaries and still captivates today.
Over his career William De Morgan revolutionised the field of ceramic design with his reinvention of lusterware, dedication to studying and perfecting Middle Eastern designs, invention and use of his own kilns and his wonderful patterns. Despite, in his time, being best known as an author, De Morgan was a talented potter and possessed great mathematical aptitude which he applied to his work.
This exhibition of ceramics from the De Morgan Collection and designs on paper on loan from the V&A examines the mathematical devices and concepts William De Morgan used in his designs, and reassesses him as a natural mathematician and talented draughtsman. The exhibition showcases many magnificent dishes and vases as well as tiles designed by De Morgan for Morris & Co.
De Morgan and his wife, Evelyn. They lived and worked in Sands End