The Cuttings Series No.48 by Paul Scott


Cut details from hand painted Chinese platter on hand made porcelain tile from Jingdezhen.

Cuttings Dimensions: 12cm (W) x 6cm (H) x 0.5cm (D)

Base: 2.5cm (D)

"In 2015 I started harvesting details from fragments of early nineteenth century Willow pattern transferware plates. These ceramic ‘cuttings’ were selected because of their visual similarity to foliage and plant material that I propagate in my garden.  By placing them onto the surface of plates and platters I found myself specifically referencing the horticultural.  Some cut fragments did not work as compositional material so I discarded them onto a spare plate where they took on the appearance of ‘prunings’ - the kind of plant material that finds its way to the compost heap.

Details of old willow patterns are naturally slightly abstracted on editing, but an invitation to create an installation for Cheeseburn Sculpture Park in Northumberland brought the work into a clear focus. These works form part of my ongoing interest in gardening, landscape and their relationships with print, transferware and text."

- Paul Scott