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Aisling Molloy

MA work

Frederick Vodrey: Ceramic Design and Cultural Identities in Late 19th Century Dublin

This research documents a previously unknown aspect of Irish material culture, the art ceramics produced and sold by Frederick Vodrey (1845-97). Combining the role of manufacturer of art pottery with that of agent/retailer for Staffordshire wares in Dublin city, Vodrey was an artisan entrepreneur‚ as a well as an advocate of aestheticism and design reform. This thesis explores the commercial and cultural aspects of his activities in the context of different strains of Irish nationalism in Dublin in the late 19th century. It also includes a complete catalogue of all known Vodrey pieces, a record on which the comprehensive analysis of his stylistic and technical achievements is based.

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  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Humanities

    Programme

    MA History of Design, 2007

  • Frederick Vodrey: Ceramic Design and Cultural Identities in Late 19th Century Dublin

    This research documents a previously unknown aspect of Irish material culture, the art ceramics produced and sold by Frederick Vodrey (1845-97). Combining the role of manufacturer of art pottery with that of agent/retailer for Staffordshire wares in Dublin city, Vodrey was an artisan entrepreneur‚ as a well as an advocate of aestheticism and design reform. This thesis explores the commercial and cultural aspects of his activities in the context of different strains of Irish nationalism in Dublin in the late 19th century. It also includes a complete catalogue of all known Vodrey pieces, a record on which the comprehensive analysis of his stylistic and technical achievements is based.