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Susan Hanway Scott

  • Phoenixville Majolica

    Majolica made transferware look staid. Majolica is fun. To quote the Majolica International Society, it is a “whimsical, humorous, richly sculpted, and brilliantly glazed Victorian ceramic.” Most authors say the […]
  • Whitesmithing

    What is a whitesmith? Look it up and you’ll find some variant of: “tinsmith” and “a worker in iron who finishes or polishes the work” (Merriam Webster). The Cabinet Cyclopedia […]
  • Historic Transferware

    Imagine that your country lost a war a few decades ago, is about to lose another war to the same country; yet you, the owner of a well-established pottery business, […]
  • Soup With Ceremony

    Beautiful Soup, so rich and green, Waiting in a hot tureen! Who for such dainties would not stoop? Soup of the evening, beautiful Soup! Lewis Carroll (1865) Soup is a […]
  • Native American Artifacts

    While Edward Hicks’ naïve style painting Penn’s Treaty with the Indians at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a treasure, it doesn’t make us feel that “we were there.” But […]
  • Chester County Furniture

    Newport shells? Check. Shaker room? Got it. New York Classical chairs? Yes. The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s (PMA) American Collections are not meant to be local, but “to exhibit both […]
  • Earthly Possessions

    Finding Benjamin Franklin’s possessions scattered around Philadelphia is like a scavenger hunt for the soul of the city and a fun way to explore both the city and the man […]
  • Chadds Ford’s Cunningham Takes Initiative in The Gambia

    She has a full life; her own consulting practice, a huge garden and a home in Chadds Ford shared with a hardworking husband, a daughter in medical school and a […]
  • Antique Homespun

    Antiques must be the sexiest form of recycling. “Patina” is the richness of age; we all love the warm glow of old silver, the depth of antique woods, and the […]
  • Dream Garden

    When visitors come, what do you take them to see? When a friend showed us  The Dream Garden in the Curtis Center in Philadelphia, it felt like a secret treasure […]