Rose is a coiled piece made from White Earthenware clay, which stands approximately 22cm high x 25cm in diameter. It is carved with applied ceramic roses and cherubs which were made separately in handmade press moulds and attached to the piece with slip. The piece has then been indented with pattern and fired to 1160 c. 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, gold 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 Hoola girls adorn the stars and a bright pink plastic rose is threaded around the piece and fixed with wire. A loose rose with wire leaves sits inside the work. Inspired by memories of the soft plastic nature of the cheap side of fifties and sixties design for the mass market, this piece represents for me the artwork which could be found for sale in every market stall when I was very young. It was considered very tasteless and working class but I loved it – the flying ducks, the 3D pictures the shimmering prints with Christian, often Catholic imagery. The piece sits on three beautiful glass stoppers which I couldn’t resist taking from broken bottles I saw in a skip. It is named, signed and dated by the artist August 2008.