This folk art exhibition explores the theme of ‘Folk’ art found in the Burton Art Gallery and Museum’s ceramic collections. Running alongside “The Folk Archive” in gallery’s 1 & 2 by Turner prize winner Jeremy Deller & Alan Kane.
The exhibition focuses on items that are associated with tradition, celebration, humour and how form and slipware sgraffito decoration is used to reflect our shared cultural and social traditions.
“Well, here’s luck to barley mow and the land that makes it grow.
We’ll drink to old John Barleycorn, here’s luck to barley mow.
So fill up all the glasses, lads, and stand them in a row:
A gill, a half-pint, a pint, a pint and a quart and here’s luck to barley mow.”
The Barley Mow, James Henry Dixon’s Ancient Poems, Ballads, and Songs of the Peasantry in England (1846)