I decided to make my design by combining my profile with my son Tommie’s profile because he came to help at the workshops. Tommie and I connect through our love of visual culture, story telling and creativity. Where our heads overlap in the design middle there’s a bit of a mind meld between us.
I was pleased when Tommie offered to help with a couple of My Jubilee workshops. He’s 19 and a real people person. A workshop session with 10 or so participants is fun, busy and intense with people’s individual stories. As a child Tommie would often mirror my mood so I was curious to see how working together would be for us. Afterwards, I asked if he had enjoyed it and if he’d noticed I was a bit stressed. “Yes, Mum” he replied, “but that’s just because I know you so well, everyone else was oblivious. They were having fun!”
I am a ceramicist and lead artist on My Jubilee. I have lived in Falmouth for 23 years with a brief stay in Penryn in 2010/11. I have three children and they have all grown up here. I worked at Falmouth University for several years where I explored ways of bringing digital technologies and craft practices together. I now work from my studio at Grays Wharf. The arts and crafts are a key part of the really vibrant creative culture of Cornwall, Falmouth and Penryn and I love being part of that.
Designing and making plates is something that I have done for a very long time. I like them because they offer up a unique combination of function, decorative display and traditional reference. My Jubilee draws on years of research experimenting with ways of combining hand making and digital processes – in this case drawing and collage followed by scanning, cleaning and printing. The collection was produced by industry experts Digital Ceramic Systems in Stoke-on-Trent, home of the potteries who did a great job. It is relevant to note that this unique collection was only made possible by digital printing means which enables high quality affordable one-off production.
The project was made possible by Megan at Grays Wharf who worked with tireless enthusiasm bringing all the community groups together, taking photos, making posters, writing press releases amongst a lot of other things, and smiling all the way to the 70th plate. It’s been fantastic working with her and all the participants and helpers. We’ve made a fantastic collection of plates – “splann” as they say in Cornish!
Find out more about My Jubilee and see all the plates here.