​Spode Trees and Dressed Silhouettes, a commissioned tableware installation by LCF Professor Charlotte Hodes for the British Ceramics Biennial

Hodes, Spode

26 Sep - 08 Nov 2015

Spode Trees and Dressed Silhouettes takes the form of the aftermath of a dinner onto which printed imagery and texts found on the Spode Museum Trust Archive of engravings have been de-constructed, re-ordered and collaged onto the ware. The images and patterns cross over from one plate to another to create the impression that the women, presented in the form of silhouettes, have descended and are momentarily held in a seemingly random configuration.

Women have often been allocated to the subservient role of both laying the table  in preparation and the subsequent clearing up rather than being active participants. In this installation the women take ownership of their domestic landscape, moving effortlessly across the ware.
Spode Trees and Dressed Silhouettes is made up of over 300 pieces of tableware of which hand cut enamel transfers have been applied to 156 pieces.

This project was made possible with the support of UAL colleagues; Nicky Munyama, Senior Digital Print Technician, LCF for digital textile design; Wai Han, HO (Wendy), MA Costume Design for Performance student, LCF for design; Naomi Bailey, Ceramic Technician, CSM for ceramic assistance; Sarah Christie MA Design Ceramics student, CSM for studio assistance.
The installation is the result of Hodes many years involvement with ceramics at Spode, The Spode Museum Trust and a recent Arts Council of England grant for research and development awarded (collaboratively with Paul Scott) in 2014.

Running concurrently at the BCB is a cabinet display in the Spode Visitor Centre of related ceramic work by Charlotte Hodes and Paul Scott.

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