Ever innovative, Tenby Museum and Art Gallery has an exhibition of buttons opening for Easter, and which will run through the summer.
Many of us have a box of buttons, kept for utilitarian or nostalgic purposes, but the buttons on show at the museum are very different and demonstrate creativity from around the world. They form part of The Button Project, curated by Dr. Jo Dahn, which has only previously been on show at Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Part of some 600 buttons collected, the show will include pieces which have been custom made by ceramicists from the UK and further afield and includes work by renowned makers such as Sandy Brown, Jane Hamlyn and the Pottery Workshop in Jingedzhen, China.
A button is one of the most familiar objects to us all but this show explores the notion of what a button can be and includes different shaped, coloured glazed, printed and carved buttons. Some are so small that a magnifying glass is provided to see them. Work by younger makers can be seen too and this will hopefully inspire people to get making in the manner of the recently televised Great Pottery Throwdown.
The exhibition will run until mid August and some activities for children and adults will be organised at the museum, drawing inspiration from the displays. Museum trustee Kathy Talbot said, “Many of us have buttons that belonged to our parents or grandparents, and many of these everyday items have fascinating stories attached to them. We would love to hear your stories. These will then form part of an event to be held at the museum later in the year.”