Chinajack Mosaics


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.

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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.

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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 or call me on 07778 004143 to discuss.


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