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Cultural Icons

These flatback figures formed part of an exhibition commissioned by the British Ceramics Biennial 2019 as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations. The figures were a response to the large collection of Staffordshire figurines to be found at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent. Shown alongside a range of eighteenth century originals, other works by contemporary figurative artists and a large number of flat back figures made in community workshops over the summer of 2019, these characters referenced contemporary entertainers and actors from popular television, echoing the popularity of 19th century singers, performers and music hall stars. The exhibition as a whole offered insights into how contemporary artists can help to bring new life to a museum collection, the importance of local skill and tradition, and how clay practice can continue to offer fulfilment and creative development within a community. The group were also featured in an exhibition at the Hove Museum, which also holds a major collection of Staffordshire figurines.

Cultural Icons: 2019, ceramic
OMG, 2019, ceramic
OMG, 2019, ceramic
OMG (detail) 2019, ceramic
OMG (detail) 2019, ceramic
Elementary, 2019, ceramic
Elementary, 2019, ceramic
Elementary (detail), 2019, ceramic
Elementary (detail), 2019, ceramic
The Scores Are In! 2019, ceramic
The Scores Are In! 2019, ceramic
The Scores Are In! (detail), 2019, ceramic
The Scores Are In! (detail), 2019, ceramic
When Were You Under Me? 2019, ceramic
When Were You Under Me? 2019, ceramic
When Were You Under Me? (detail), 2019, ceramic
When Were You Under Me? (detail), 2019, ceramic