V&A Ceramic Galleries
Stanton Williams were commissioned in 2005 to provide a setting for The V&A’s collections of ceramics. Our design reorders and rationalises the characterful spaces which have housed the collections for a century in order to create a significant international centre for the enjoyment, understanding and study of ceramics. A ‘light touch’ has been adopted in restoring the seven galleries. Accretions have been swept away, but otherwise our design enhances the distinctiveness of these spaces, respecting and exploiting contrasts in spatial form and lighting to create interest. Glass showcases have been specially developed with manufacturers Glasbau Hahn and rigorously tested by the V&A’s curators. Their proportions echo those of the galleries, coherently linking the exhibits with the spaces in which they are housed. Simple and elegant, the displays themselves will examine the collections in new ways, with their centrepiece being a practical area where throwing wheels and a working kiln will bring the subject to life.