Confected, Borrowed and Blue

Paul Scott's work blurs the distinction between fine art, craft and design. For this project he overprints factory tableware with his own patterns. 

Scott plays on the traditional motifs of printed tableware, reworking them to provide socio-political commentary; amid the rural landscape decorating a dinner plate there might be a fighter jet or radioactivity warning sign.

Cockle Pickers Tea Service, for example, responds to the tragic drowning of 19 Chinese gang workers in Lancashire’s Morecambe Bay. The design incorporates elements from the famous Willow Pattern, but the water instead rises to engulf the scene. 

Venue details

The Bowes Museum Barnard Castle County Durham DL12 8NP 01833 690606

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £9.50)

Mon – Sun, 10am – 5pm

Closed 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan