Joan Brailsford – M
The Mould Store
Inspiration: Once again I return to Middleport Pottery, and my favourite place in the whole site is the Mould store.
I have used pictures of my favourite place in Middleport pottery, which is the Mould store, as my starting point for this design. It contains neatly stacked moulds used to create the pottery throughout the years. I love the shapes not only of the moulds themselves, but also of the outline shapes of the stacks. I think that the stacks of moulds on their shelves, and the history they contain, is almost a reference library.
I used a transfer printed cotton as the background, but since the colours came out too bright for my design, I used the reverse of the fabric. As with the rest of the series, I have used a collage of transfer prints of my own photos. I hand quilted around the mould shapes throughout and copied the outline shapes of the stacks of moulds to add further hand-stitched quilting lines. Because of the historic feel of the store, I included prints of some bowls which have older designs. I added the shape of the bottle oven on the right of the piece, and some brickwork shapes, to continue with the ongoing theme of the series.