Another postcard on my wall from The Victoria and Albert Museum in London; a series of tiles. It’s still my task to make tiles. I think that’s what next year will have in store. These are the tiles designed by William De Morgan (1839-1917), a disciple of William Morris the wallpaper designer. At the V&A these tiles used to be for sale.
The blue and white designs are the most settling. Like fine china, there is a depth and darkness in the blue hue.
We ate from the blue willow story as children. It was a cunning incentive to mask the image in unappetising dinners so that every last crumb had to be polished off before the story could unfold.
Li-xiao Feng made a dress of broken china. A frangible beauty .