Tel: 07778 004 143
Emily Lawlor graduated with a first class BA Hons from the Public Art and Design degree at Chelsea Art College in 1994. Emily specialised in ceramics and mosaics at Chelsea. A fascination with the written word and a love of surface patterns form the basis of the concept for China Jack.
From my childhood, I remember beautiful Irish hand painted china from my great grandmother – it always came out for special occasions – and is tied up with many family memories of eating and drinking together. Much of the china got accidentally smashed one Christmas – and I kept all the fragments – thinking that one day I would make a special mosaic.
Several years ago, I decided to make something from the broken china – I started thinking about what it represented – memories of cups of tea consumed around the kitchen table with family and friends. Laughter and language (my parents ran a language school). I came across a wonderful quote by Bernard Paul Heroux ‘There is no trouble so great or grave that cannot by much diminished by a nice cup of tea’.
I wanted to combine my love of tea, words and language with colour and pattern. As I laid out the shards of china, I thought it would be interesting to combine wood and ceramic together in a mosaic. I have been collecting wooden printing blocks for many years – they are beautiful objects in themselves.
The union jack is an iconic design – I wanted to interpret it in different ways through use of colours and patterns – and explore the symbolism of ‘having a cuppa’. I then fused all these ideas together into China Jack mosaics.
China Jack mosaics come in two standard sizes:
Small (300 mm x 210 mm) £95 + p&p
Medium (490 mm x 290 mm) £295 + p&p.
I make commissioned pieces to bespoke sizes and patterns and colours. I can also incorporate your own broken china and recycle into a new permanent artwork.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 07778 004143 to discuss.
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