On a mission to create the best dressed walls in town, my work with vintage plates is a ‘second life’ career for me - and incredibly exciting at that.
Variously described as the ‘Queen of Ceramic Quirk’ and ‘something of a secret Banksy of the vintage plate world’, I’m humbled and flattered that within a year of launching, I was commissioned to make plates for the restaurant walls of a new hotel styled by Ted Baker (as well as for Ted himself).
And more recently, I was commissioned by The Artist Residence to dress a wall in the Cambridge Street Café in their hotel in Pimlico.
So what do I do and what is so special?
I source vintage plates from all around the UK and transform them into decorative pieces with a contemporary twist.
By combining wit, satire and style, the juxtaposition of my quirky imagery within the framework of the classic design of the original plate, creates engaging, alternative - and affordable - wall art.
Every plate/plate set I transform is a one off – I repeat designs but never with the same plates.
Inspired by Pop Art, collage and general quirkiness, the unique context and frame of each vintage plate presents a new excitement and challenge every time.
And this remains a key part of my business.
But in response to requests for more functional versions, I have also been designing bespoke, tableware lines – functional but witty and beautiful too.
Working closely with a pottery in Stoke, my designs are turned into silk screen prints and hand applied as decals to fine bone china plates.
There are currently two ranges – ‘Catch of the Day’ comprising four pairs of dinner and bread plates and ‘Desserts are on Me’, comprising a set of six plates.
The opportunity to buy them as complete sets or to mix and match, adds to the fun of creating table settings that are guaranteed to raise a smile and get people talking.
NB: It is just the tableware that is available wholesale