Drayton Hall Distinguished Speakers Series: Robert Hunter

November 14, 2017

Editor, Ceramics in America

TUESDAY, November 14, 2017

Robert Hunter, Editor, Ceramics in America

A Peculiar Look at the 18th-Century
Ceramics of Drayton Hall

Advance registration required.


Charleston Museum
360 Meeting Street, Charleston SC 29403

Ample parking available.

Doors open at 5:30 pm with a Wine and Cheese Reception. Presentations start promptly at 6:30 pm. Advance registration required; please arrive for prime seating.

A Peculiar Look at the 18th-Century
Ceramics of Drayton Hall

Sponsored by CHIPSTONE

Archaeological research at Drayton Hall has produced some of the most significant 18th-century ceramic artifacts yet discovered in America. Vestiges of Greek and Roman mythology, Chinese mysticism, and the courtly practices of European kings and queens are reflected in the broken fragments that have been left behind. This beautifully illustrated lecture will examine the deeper economic, social, and psychological meanings underlying these ceramics as used in the Drayton family’s drinking and dining rituals. In addition, the mysterious acquisition by Charles Drayton of an English facsimile of the famous “Barberini Vase” will be highlighted. The first century Roman cameo glass vase is considered by many to be the finest glass object in all of antiquity.

Robert Hunter (Rob) has over 35 years of professional experience in prehistoric and historical archaeology. He has a M.A. in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary. Since 2001, he has been editor of the annual journal, Ceramics in America, published by the Chipstone Foundation of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Mr. Hunter lectures widely and participates in the New York Ceramics Fair in January each year. In addition to numerous scholarly articles and book chapters, he has written for other ceramic publications including The Magazine ANTIQUES, The Catalogue of Antiques & Fine Art, New England Antiques Journal, Early American Life, Ceramic Review, Studio Potter, Ceramics: Art and Perception, Pottery Making Illustrated, Kerameiki Techni and the Journal of Archaeological Science.

He is an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, a board member of the American Ceramic Circle, and on the advisory board of the online ceramic publication, CFile.

About the Chipstone Foundation

The mission of The Chipstone Foundation is to promote and enhance appreciation and knowledge of American material culture (emphasizing the decorative arts) by scholars, students and the general public. For more information, visit


Joseph Rizzo
Interim Curator of Interpretation & Museum Programming
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