Where To See Ruskin Ceramics
Bright colors and innovative glazes were the hallmarks of Ruskin Ceramics, an English company founded in the late 19th century by the writer and artist John Ruskin. The company earned several prestigious international awards during the early part of the 20th century, and today the pottery is highly collectible, especially as the glaze formulae were destroyed in the 1930s when the studio closed. Today, one of the best places to see Ruskin pottery on display is at the Wednesbury Museum and Art gallery. The 19th century building is located in the heart of England’s ‘Black Country’, near Birmingham, named for the coal mines that once flourished there. Several different types of glaze that were once widely used can be seen on display, and the museum is also notable for its collection of old toys and games, and its displays of 1960s and ’70s nostalgia.