Pcik-n-Mix (Ode to Woolworths) is a pressed and coiled piece made from White St Thomas clay, which stands approximately 26cm high x 20cm in diameter including the lid. It is carved with applied cherubs which were made separately in a handmade press mould and attached to the piece with slip. The piece has then been indented with pattern and fired to 1160c. Coloured glaze is rubbed into the carving and wiped away, as well as being painted on to the surface area before being fired to 1080c. Coloured enamels, silver lustre and mother-of-pearl have then been applied to some areas of the outside to give more definition and fired again to 800c. A final layer of paint has been added and heated to a temperature of 150c to add metallic colours. When the glazing process has been completed, different width wires have been wrapped around found objects threaded through pierced areas of the rim of this piece. Glass sweets bought in Venice adorn the sides and a necklace of sweet wrappers is around the throat of one cherub who wears make up purchased from Woolies! Inside the piece are different hand made fake sweets. It is with sadness that the end of good old Woolworths was the inspiration for this piece. I remember the shop well when I was very young with biscuits in square tins, wooden floors and of course the beginning of “Pick-n- Mix”. We all continued to shop there as we started to become home makers and of course bought all our children’s clothes and Christmas presents from there. If you look carefully you can spot the ladybirds sitting on the jelly mould lid! It is named, signed and dated by the artist January 2009.