Glass Class welcomes top ceramic expert for talk

St Andrews;'St Andrews Botanic Gardens'photo; WALTER NEILSON
St Andrews;'St Andrews Botanic Gardens'photo; WALTER NEILSON

Specialist speakers on botany, art and history will present at a study day on September 12 in the Glass Class, St Andrews Botanic Garden on the history of flower painting.

The new venture welcomes a variety of knowledgeable experts including Dr. Howard Coutts, who is currently the Keeper of Ceramics at Bowes Museum in County Durham and an old friend of the Garden, Professor David Ingram, past Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, and professor of Horticulture at RHS.

The talks will range from the production of mediaeval herbals and the changes brought about by the onset of printing through to discussions on women’s careers as botanical artists, and the flamboyant arrangements of 17th century Dutch flower painting, to the delicate portrayal of flowers on 18th century ceramics and the life and work of the celebrated 19th century French artist Henri Fantin-Latour.

Dr Coutts, who took his first degree in History and History of Art at Cambridge and followed this with PhD from St Andrews now works at the Bowes Museum in County Durham.

At the study day he will be describing the botanical sources that the 18th century ceramic artists used to inspire their flower paintings.

Other speakers will be Dr Erma Hermens (Glasgow), Alison MacLeod (St Andrews) and Dr Angela Montford (St Andrews).

Dr Heleen Plaisier will also be putting on an exhibition of original paintings and specimens from the Herbarium collection at the Garden.

Adult education and events organiser Angela Montford said: “Lunch and refreshments are included in the cost, there is special rate for students, and there a few places remaining for what promises to be a fascinating day.”

The ‘Painting Flowers: A Brief History’ day starts at 9.30 for 10am.

To book, contact ad.ed.sec@st-andrews-botanic.org or telephone 01334 476452.