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.

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