This print series follows on from the “made by a stokey” series, which responds to Stoke-on-Trent’s portrayal in the media after the backlash from the Brexit vote. Stoke was represented as a debt-ridden, anti-Europe city struggling to cope with the demands of modernisation. The demise of the ceramics industry during the financial crash was a focal point of the media’s campaign.
In 2008, Spode, one of the largest and most famous ceramics factories in Stoke-on-Trent entered into administration. Pens cast aside, drawings left half-finished, designs left in the turned off kilns; Spode factory was abandoned. This print series uses the unfinished and discarded designs which didn’t make it to production. The plate turners’ club is a collage of the designs found in the skips of Spode factory after it had closed down.
The title of the series comes from the name given to people who turn over their plate in a restaurant to ascertain whether or not it was made in their home city of Stoke-on-Trent. This series hopes to promote the highly skilled workers of Spode and the other factories in Stoke-on-Trent.
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