Royal Doulton celebrates 200 years of ceramics

By Penny Craswell

I knew that Royal Doulton’s celebration of 200 years in Sydney was going to be special from the moment I received an invitation printed on the back of a plate. With an image of a bowler-hatted gent standing in Sydney harbour painted by street artist Nick Walker, one of Royal Doulton’s most recent collaborations, this elaborate gesture was the first of a series of wonderful moments, especially for a ceramics nerd like me.

Royal Doulton's 200 year anniversary, Sydney. Photo: Penny Craswell
Royal Doulton’s 200 year anniversary, Sydney. Photo: Penny Craswell
Invitation on a plate! Photo: Penny Craswell
Invitation on a plate! Photo: PC

The event itself was spectacular, held in a cavernous space at Sydney’s Fox Studios, with a specially-built timber-gridded mini pavilion constructed inside, showing groupings of the work on each shelf. In the next room, a sit down dinner was held along five long tables – one for each designer/collection. Read more