Welcome to the home page
for the LQW -
Lapsed Quaker Ware - Project.
LQW comprises a
cherry wood dresser, wall cabinet and table displaying seventy pieces
of black basalt ceramic tableware. This installation by James
Turrell, himself a Quaker, has been influenced by
historical Quaker ceramics associated with Yorkshire.
LQW is on display at Ackworth School, one of England's
seven Quaker schools, situated between Pontefract and
Wakefield. Originally built as a Foundling Hospital, it
became a school in 1779 when Dr John Fothergill founded
it as a boarding school for children of Quaker parents
who were 'not in affluence'. The school still retains the
Foundling Hospital badge of a lamb, designed by William
Hogarth, as part of its present crest. This forms the
weathervane on top of the cupola on the east wing of the
school's elegant Georgian buildings.