How “Dish Night” at the Movies Giveaways Saved Hollywood in the Great Depression with Kathy Fuller-Seeley

Movie attendance plummeted during the Hard Times of the 1930s. Savvy marketers at Salem China and other potteries sold theater managers on the idea of giving away free dishes to women to attract viewers. “Dish Night” promotions were wildly successful. Salem sold train cars full of their now-famous Tricorne pattern to theaters. “Free to each lady” offers brought colorful dinnerware into Depression era homes, controversy to the movie business, and even riots when too many gravy boats appeared.

Culinary Historians | Sourdough Culture: The History of Breadmaking from Ancient to Modern Bakers

For at least 6000 years, people have summoned sourdough starter seemingly out of the air and combined it with milled wheat, water and a dash of salt to produce “the staff of life”: bread. Professor Eric Pallant takes us on a 6,000-year journey through history as we learn why bread (and not the slicer) was the greatest invention of all time. We will meet ancient Egyptian pyramid builders, bygone Roman bakers, medieval housewives, Gold Rush miners, and historical figures like Plato, Pliny the Elder and Marie Antoinette.

A Place at the Table: Heath Ceramics and the Legacy of Edith Heath

Merging handcrafting techniques with industrial production, Edith Heath helped pioneer a new era for American dinnerware. In this presentation, Heath Ceramics Archivist and Curator Julie Muñiz explores this legacy through historic images and photos from the company’s archive, and also shares her insights into the Heath Ceramic collection at IMoDD, part of the IMoDD Unforgettable Dinnerware lecture series.

This event is in partnership with the International Museum of Dinnerware Design.


Culinary Historians | Ten Years of Culinary Delights from the International Museum of Dinnerware Design

The International Museum of Dinnerware Design was established in 2012. On its tenth anniversary, Margaret Carney, the director and curator of the museum, will share stories of delicious exhibitions, interweaving culinary delights along the way.

Margaret Carney is a ceramic historian who holds a Ph.D. in Asian art history. Curated IMDD exhibitions include The Art of High Chair Fine Dining, Cake, Butter, Breakfast and the upcoming 2023 invitational and juried exhibition, Entomophagous Dining.

Unforgettable Dinnerware: Saenger Porcelain

The Saenger Porcelain tabletop designs grew organically from the designer’s exploration of the ceramic casting process. He will cover highlights of the journey during his studio presentation, part of the IMoDD Unforgettable Dinnerware lecture series. Presented by Peter Saenger, designer.

This event is in partnership with the International Museum of Dinnerware Design.