Back to the Table
Grandparents are repositories of knowledge who embody our traditional skills where the dinner table is the center of the family. To preserve the skills most precious to us and bring people back to the table, I look to my grandmother for inspiration: an incredible role model with immense amounts of love, who has an extensive collection of bone china tableware.
My Nan knows the importance of sharing a good meal and nothing displays love like Nan’s cooking or the way she meticulously sets the table. Traditional tableware prompt associations in my work Between the Tea and the Toast to reinforce connections with my Nan and my nostalgic remembering’s. Nan’s tableware has become a surrogate for memory, where illustrations recording memories are made permanent in fire and porcelain.