Carole Shepheard
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An assemblage of fifteen porcelain Crown Lynn plates, decorated with ceramic transfer enamel paint and flocking.

Carole Shepheard: This work investigates information that crosses boundaries and territories. The idea of transition, transfer and change have been present in my work since establishing the Museum of Cultural Anxiety (1998) however a new interest in things astronomical (and to a curious extent astrological) has emerged from this collaboration. In part the collision of imagery that links the transit of Venus, the Seven Sisters, the Southern Cross with other star systems has provided fuel for new trajectories. That said, I remain deeply affected by objects that have ‘memory value’ as opposed to market or historical value. For this exhibition, with its emphasis on the circle, the sphere and the void, I have taken a local domestic form once viewed as utilitarian (Crown Lynn ceramics) and added my own elements in response to questions about ‘the collectible’ and value. The Crown Lynn objects employed here are mostly family items - some well used for family dinners and events, others carefully preserved as if with some resale insight. The anomaly here, and in great contract to the New Zealand made ceramics, is the collection of Blue Willow pattern plates, some of which came to New Zealand with my grandmother in the early 1900’s. The Willow pattern work Transit and its references to mist, fog, transition and erasure - speak of her desire to bring to New Zealand something from England that spoke to her of ‘home’. Perhaps of interest is to note that this pattern did not originate in China as many think but in England by Thomas Minton in the 1790’s. It was referred to as ‘transferware’.
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Porcelain Crown Lynn plate, ceramic transfer enamel paint,
Diameter x Depth
1.1 189 x 15mm
1.2 190 x 15mm
1.3 190 x 15mm
1.4 172 x 15mm
1.5 175 x 15mm
1.6 172 x 15mm
1.7 172 x 15mm
1.8 190 x 15mm
1.9 189 x 15mm
1.10 189 x 15mm
1.11 190 x 15mm
1.12 175 x 15mm
1.13 170 x 15mm
1.14 170 x 15mm
1.15 170 x 15mm
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Collection of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
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