Joan Brailsford – P
Pots, Plates and Patterns
Inspiration: Images from Middleport pottery that show the ware for sale in the factory shop and the factory environment that hints at how it is produded.
I love to visit the Victorian factory buildings of Middleport pottery and this month I continue my pottery series inspired by the plates and teapots produced ther and in particular their distinctive patterns. I have used images of teapots and plates in the factory to base my design upon, and I have included an image of an old plate-making machine that once was used in their production, but now is displayed in the cobbled yard within the buildings.
The images are photo-transferred and bonded to hand-dyed fabric. Some of the plates are created from paper napkins sold at the factory which show the actual patterns. These are bonded to the background, along with other fabric plates created from commercial fabrics which resemble the pottery patterns. I have further bonded a chiffon shape that represents a bottle-oven (in which pottery was once fired), on the left hand side. I have used hand-stitching for the cobble-stone shapes and around the pots and plates, to act as quilting, and have added a hand-stitched representation of the flower pattern. Part of the ‘Middleport Pottery’ company sign built in to the factory has been used to include the letter ‘P’