Opulence and gold are hallmarks of the RCD style and the acorn tureen shape is emblematic of this. This project was about learning techniques including traditional enamel painting, gilding and hand-raising. It is not without its own narrative though. Inspired by a piece in Derby Town Museum, I planned to include a painted insect.
Always wanting justification for everything, I researched insects that live on oak trees and came across the ‘Gypsy Moth’ Lymantria dispar. There is a centuries old connection between gypsies and RCD, the former collecting RCD ware to the point where it is like a currency to them and the latter actively catering to their taste. The Gypsy Moth led to a twilight scene, with the traditional star design falling down the shape.
Envisaged for Special Orders.
Self-initiated project during a three week work placement in July 2009 at Royal Crown Derby, a fine bone china manufacturer whose products have been made in the UK since 1750.