Sunday, 22 March 2020

The Goose Mugs 2019

The Goose mugs are my first design for industrial production - well, semi industrial production.
I designed the geese and Repeat Repeat, based in Stoke on Trent, manufactured and printed these beautiful bone china mugs. It is worth noting that a great many political campaign mugs use ware produced in sweat shop conditions  - with no regard for health and safety and subsistence wages - in Indonesia and China, so do check the provenance of any mug of this sort that you buy. It's an easy mistake to make.
I sell them for £10.00 each and the money goes straight to And The Door Opened, my project with Women @the Well. Interested? Contact me on to arrange payment and either collection of postage.

Why Geese? 
The goose comes from 'Winchester Geese,' the term used to refer to prostituted women who were licenced by the Bishop of Winchester to be legally exploited in the parish around Southwark Cathedral, South London, in the 18th century. I suspect the term is pejorative but geese are fierce birds - often kept as guard animals. They’re also group animals - they don't operate singly. These two things struck me as good qualities for a project campaigning for social and legal reform, as And The Door Opened does.  May your mug inspire you with fierceness, strength and excellent teamwork.

And The Door Opened, (ATDO,) is a ceramic project by artist Claudia Clare
in partnership  with Women @the Well, (W@W.)

Women @the Well, is a women-only service located in Kings Cross dedicated to supporting women whose lives are affected, or at risk of being affected, by prostitution and helps them to find ways out.

ATDO is a series of events with displays of Claudia’s pots, with talks, demonstrations and workshops that illustrate the lives of the women supported by W@W.

The aim is to enhance the public’s understanding of what prostitution is, to name the abuse and exploitation, and to show that, with the right support, girls and women do not need to live and die exploited in the sex trade – there are ways out.