In the Blue Bedroom of the Winter Place a new exhibition "Sentimental journey. Wedgwood in Russia" was opened. The exposition shows unknown to public and earlier not exhibited subjects from museum store rooms. In total 97 works of world famous firm displayed which allow not only to estimate high art level of the Hermitage collection , but also give the concept about the main aspects of educational mission of Josiah Wedgwood .
Josiah Wedgwood (12 July 1730 – 3 January 1795) was an English potter, founder of the Wedgwood company, credited with the industrialisation of the manufacture of pottery. Born in Burslem, Staffordshire, England, the eleventh and last child of Thomas Wedgwood and Mary Wedgwood, by the age of nine, he was proving himself to be a skilled potter. He survived a childhood bout of smallpox to serve as an apprentice potter under his eldest brother Thomas Wedgwood IV. Smallpox left Josiah with a permanently weakened knee, which made him unable to work the foot pedal of a potter's wheel. As a result, he concentrated from an early age on designing pottery and then making it. He began experimenting with a wide variety of techniques. Over the course of the next decade, his experimentation (and a considerable injection of capital from his marriage to a richly-endowed distant cousin) transformed the sleepy artisan works into the first true pottery factory.
The exhibition will be opened every day till the 31st of March from 10.30-18.00
Wednesday: 10.30-21.00. Monday is a day off.