The rebirth of Japanese enamelling is widely credited to the samurai Kaji Tsunekichi of Nagoya. Like many Samurai in 19th century Japan, he was haunted by the menacing spectre of modernity – that, and the meagre stipend. To address this he took apart one of his own pieces (not recommended) and by studying its construction felt suitably confident to have a go himself. Presumably, after a period of great frustration and toil, he emerged with a small cloisonné dish.
The King’s Porcelain Manufactory, Berlin was established in 1763 as, amongst other things, a way of King Frederick the Great financing his many wars. Previous efforts at creating ‘White Gold’ in Prussia had been plagued by war, competition in the market and ‘technical difficulties.’
What’s on the Plymouth Barbican – June 2014
As the weather starts to hot up so do the events on the Plymouth Barbican!
The launch of the new Association of Barbican Businesses (ABB) Barbican Map and Guide took place on Wednesday 4th June. Copies are available within many of the shops located around the Barbican, the Tourist Information Centre and also available to download and print on the www.barbicanwaterfront.com website.
We recently acquired some pieces from the Robbie Wilson estate. A renowned collector and exponent of military history, Wilson sought to create a freely accessible and lasting resource, cataloguing rare examples of military headgear.
During the month of May on the Plymouth Barbican we’ve seen the Plymouth Pirate Weekend reach our shores with the arrival of the tall ship Phoenix.
Lots of family members young and old enjoyed pirate shows, various demonstrations and tackled the treasure trail which saw numerous groups across the Barbican looking for hidden clues.
Even our dear friend Phillip the Prawn got in on the action taking selfies with the locals!
In 2014 the Plymouth Barbican is once again filled with an exciting line-up of events to look forward to. This year we see popular annual events, some new and the return of a highly popular music event. The International Barbican Jazz & Blues Festival!
Coming up on the Plymouth Barbican in 2014…
On the 28th November the Barbican Christmas lights were switched on with hundreds gathering to see the Children’s Lantern Parade. Over 200 school children carrying their lanterns along the Barbican cobble stones. Even the Barbican Prawn this year has been given the Christmas treatment and looks stunning at night!
The clocks may have gone back and the evenings are getting darker, but this is where the Plymouth Barbican starts to shine. The Barbican is nicely lit up this time of year and the friendly local traders are enthusiastic as ever. Christmas is just around the corner there is no better place to be than here on the waterfront.
After a packed event schedule over the summer the Plymouth Barbican takes a breath during October before unleashing a 3 day Thanksgiving event in November. More on this next month ;).
Firstly congratulations of the guys at Parade Antiques who won the ABB Barbican Raft Race last month!
We have a number of large events taking place during this month here on the Plymouth Barbican, including the unmissable annual ABB Barbican Raft Race!