Sublime Symmetry: William De Morgan

1 March – 6 October 2024

Sublime Symmetry is an exhibition featuring 60 pots, tiles and vases from the De Morgan Collection, including examples of De Morgan’s Middle Eastern-inspired designs and glistening lustreware. 

De Morgan is celebrated for his contribution to the Arts & Crafts movement and his inventive design. His earlier work was influenced by William Morris. De Morgan’s recognisable motifs include detailed animal designs and ceramics influenced by Iznik and Islamic art. Sublime Symmetry looks beyond the glazed surface of De Morgan’s ceramics to the mathematical principles underpinning colourful and elaborate designs.

Included with house admission. Members go free. Concessions available. 

This exhibition has been curated by Sarah Hardy, Director of the De Morgan Museum, and features objects on loan from the Trustees of the De Morgan Foundation.


Caption: William De Morgan tile. Image © De Morgan Foundation


Further information
  • Opening times: April – October 10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily; November – March 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
  • Annual Pass – Adults: £12.00; Students: £9.00; Children: £6.00 (5-15 – under 4 Free
  • Location Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3J
  • Getting there by car From the south: Exit the M6 at junction 36 and follow signs for the South Lakes and Windermere. At the roundabout take the first left following signs for Crook and Bowness-on-Windermere on the B5284. After 6 miles arrive at a T-junction, turn left on to the A5074 (Lyth Valley Road). Turn right where the road forks onto the B5360.  Follow the drive to Blackwell’s car park. From the north: Exit the M6 at junction 40 and follow signs for Keswick (A66) and Windermere (A591) via Grasmere and Ambleside. Once in Windermere follow signs for Bowness-on-Windermere. Once in Bowness-on-Windermere follow the road to Blackwell which is situated just off the A5074 (Lyth Valley Road) and turn right where the road forks onto the B5360. Follow the drive to Blackwell’s car park. By train: Oxenholme is the nearest main-line railway station, a connecting train will bring you into Windermere (three miles from Blackwell). Buses run to Bowness-on-Windermere, 1½ miles north of Blackwell. Alternatively taxis are available from Windermere Station to Blackwell
  • For more information please call 015394 46139