- Ceramics museum
A ceramics museum is a museum wholly or largely devoted to ceramics, normally ceramic art, whose collections may include glass and enamel as well, but will usually concentrate on pottery, including porcelain. Most national collections are in a more general museum covering all the arts, or just the decorative arts, but there are a number of specialized ceramics museums, some concentrating on the production of just one country, region or manufacturer. Others have international collections, which may concentrate on ceramics from Europe or East Asia, or have global coverage.
In Asian and Islamic countries ceramics are usually a strong feature of general and national museums. Also most specialist archaeological museums, in all countries, have large ceramics collections, as pottery is the commonest type of archaeological artifact. Most of these are broken shards however.
Outstanding major ceramics collections in general museums include The Palace Museum, Beijing, with 340,000 pieces, and the National Palace Museum in Taipei city, Taiwan (25,000 pieces); both are mostly derived from the Chinese Imperial collection, and are almost entirely of pieces from China. In London, the Victoria and Albert Museum (over 75,000 pieces, mostly after 1400 CE) and British Museum (mostly before 1400 CE) have very strong international collections. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Freer Gallery of Art in Washington DC (12,000, all East Asian) have perhaps the best of the many fine collections in the large city museums of the United States. The Corning Museum of Glass, in Corning, New York, has more than 45,000 glass objects.
Many of the historic ceramics manufacturers have museums at or very near their factories, sometimes owned by the company, sometimes independent institutions. Among the more important ones, with large collections, covered in the articles on the concern, are: Meissen porcelain, Nymphenburg Porcelain Manufactory, Doccia porcelain, Royal Worcester, Wedgwood (now independent), Royal Crown Derby and Herend Porcelain.
Some other specialist ceramics museums are (number of pieces are approximate):
- in Australia
- in Canada
- in China
- Mumingtang Ancient Porcelain Museum, Beijing
- Liuwan Museum of Ancient Painted Pottery, 38,000 Chinese archaeological finds
- The Terracotta Army are on display where they were discovered near Xi'an
- FLICAM, near Xi'an is a museum for international contemporary ceramics
- Yixing Ceramics Museum, 30,000 pieces, mainly from the Yixing area.
- in the Czech Republic
- Museum of Czech Porcelain, Prague
- in France
- Musée nationale de Céramique-Sèvres, 50,000 pieces, 5,000 of Sèvres porcelain
- Musee de la Ceramique, Rouen, 5,000 pieces, 900 displayed, mostly local faience.
- Musée nationale de la porcelaine Adrien Dubouché, Limoges, 15,000 pieces, mostly Limoges porcelain also rare pieces by Böttger
- The extensive archaeological excavations at La Graufesenque, one of the major production centres of Ancient Roman pottery, are open to the public with a museum on the potteries.
- in Germany
- Zwinger Museum - the Porzellansammlung, or Porcelain Collection, at the Zwinger Museum in Dresden
- Hetjens-Museum or Deutsches Keramik-Museum in Düsseldorf, 15,000 pieces
- Terra-Sigillata-Museum Rheinzabern, Rheinzabern, for Ancient Roman terra sigillata ware made near the town
- in Iran
- in Italy
- Museo delle porcellane, in the Boboli Gardens, Florence
- International Museum of Ceramics, in Faenza,
- Montelupo Museum of Tuscan Ceramics, Montelupo Fiorentino
- claims to have over 500 ceramics museums, public and private, including ones at Ibaraki, Bizen, Kyoto, Arita (Kyushu Ceramic Museum), and Tokyo. The Arita Porcelain Park is perhaps the world's only theme park based on ceramics.
- NGK Museum, specializing in industrial ceramics
- in South Korea
- in the Netherlands
- in Portugal
- Museu de Cerâmica, Caldas da Rainha, Portuguese and other ceramics,
- Museu de Cerâmica de Sacavém, Sacavém
- in Russia
- State Ceramics Museum, Kuskovo Palace, Moscow, 30,000 pieces, Russian, French and other ceramics from the Sheremetev collection,
- The Hermitage, Saint Petersburg - includes the Museum of The Imperial Porcelain Factory and the famous Frog service made by Josiah Wedgwood for Catherine the Great.
- in Spain
- Museu de Ceràmica, in the Museu de les Arts Aplicades, Barcelona
- Museo Nacional de Cerámica y de las Artes Suntuarias González Martí, Valencia, with over 5,000 pieces, mostly produced in the region.
- in Taiwan
- in Thailand
- Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum, Bangkok, opened 2005, 2,000 pieces of the pottery of Thailand and neighbouring countries.
- in Ukraine
- in the United Kingdom
- Aberystwyth University Ceramics Collection
- Coalport China Museum, mainly Coalport China
- Gladstone Pottery Museum - working pottery museum
- Jackfield Tile Museum
- Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, Bloomsbury, London. 1400 pieces of classic Chinese porcelain from the 10th to 18th centuries.
- Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, mainly Staffordshire pottery
- Spode Museum, for Spode
- in the United States
- American Museum of Ceramic Art (Pomona, California), 2,000 pieces 
- Museum of Ceramics (East Liverpool, Ohio), 4,000 mainly Ohio pottery
- Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred, New York, 8,000 pieces, including glass.
- Sparta Teapot Museum, Sparta, NC. Newly opened, with 6,000 teapots
- List of museums with major collections of Asian art
- List of museums with major collections of Islamic art
- List of museums with major collections of Greek and Roman antiquities
- ^ ChinaCulture.org
- ^ National Palace Museum website
- ^ Peterson, 403
- ^ http://www.meissen.de/index.php?id=237&lang=1
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- ^ Wedgwood Museum website
- ^ http://www.australianpottery.net.au
- ^ Gardiner Museum website
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- ^ Yixing Museum (no. 5)
- ^ Information on smaller French ceramics museums
- ^ Rouen museum website
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- ^ http://www.skd-dresden.de/en/museen.html
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- ^ Hetjens-Museum website (in German)
- ^ Lonely Planet Iran Guide
- ^ Faenza museum website
- ^ Daruma Magazine by Robert Yellin, (#40, Fall 2003)
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- ^ Princessehof museum website
- ^ Kuskovo Museum website
- ^ http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/03/hm3_13_0_0.html
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- ^ Valencia Museum website
- ^ "American Museum of Ceramic Art". http://www.amoca.org. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
- ^ Peterson, 409
- Peterson, Jan. The craft and art of clay: a complete potter's handbook, Laurence King Publishing, 2003, ISBN 1-85669-354-6, 9781856693547, Google books Listing of museum ceramics collections (heavily weighted to US) pp. 396–412
- An Artist's Travel Guide to the Ceramics Museums of Europe: With Line Drawings Reproduced from the Author's Sketchbooks, Alexandra Copeland, Artists Travel Guides, 1999, ISBN 0-9586098-0-2, 9780958609807 - covers over 120 museums in 19 countries
- International Ceramics Directory Unselective list of ceramics collections with links
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