Paul Scott | The Cuttings Series

11 May 2021

Paul Scott presents a solo exhibition this May - Scenery, Samplers & Souvenirs. This exhibition features new artworks which update historical transferwares for the 21st century, including a selection from his New American Scenery series, alongside the Spode Works Closed Series, English Scenery Series and the Cuttings Series. The exhibition also features work made as a result of his Gardens of Lyra collaboration with Spode and Fortnum & Mason. This blog explores the Cuttings Series in further detail in Paul Scott's own words.

Paul Scott | The Cuttings Series
Cumbrian Blue(s) Flower Pots installation at Cheeseburn Sculpture Park, June 2016

Cumbria Blue(s) Flower Pots were originally made for an installation at Cheeseburn Sculpture Park in the summer of 2016. The works involved cutting floral details from broken transferwares, glazing and lustering edges before using a wire fixing to set them within sharp sand and gravel, very much as one would take cuttings in the garden.

I have created a a small number of new iterations for Scenery, Samplers & Souvenirs, which are more realised developments of the originals. They include some flowers in transferware cups.

Paul Scott | The Cuttings Series
Scott's Cumbrian Blue(s), Teacup Cutting, No. 3, 2021, cut detail from early 19th and 20th century transferware plates with gold lustre, coarse sand and gravel in an antique teacup, H14 x W9 cm
Paul Scott | The Cuttings Series
Scott's Cumbrian Blue(s), Teacup Cutting, No. 4, 2021, cut detail from early 19th and 20th century transferware plates with gold lustre, coarse sand and gravel in an antique teacup, H10 x W10.5 cm

Also included in the exhibition are works from the Cuttings Series. These small artworks are also sourced from cracked or broken antique transferwares, but in this case the extracted elements are taken from landscapes and patterned borders.

Some are simply presented as small precious objects, a bit like the pottery shards found on beaches or unearthed on river banks by ‘mudlarkers’ that always hold such fascination...

Paul Scott | The Cuttings Series
Cumbrian Blue(s) Cuttings Series: No.1, Monopteros Horses, 2021, Cutting from 19th century 'Monopteros' transferware plate, H4.5 x W22.5 cm
Paul Scott | The Cuttings Series
Cumbrian Blue(s) Cuttings Series: No.4, Figures, 2021, Cut detail from early 19th/20th century transfer ware plate, H4 x W11 cm

I have been taking ‘cuttings’ from antique tablewares sporadically for a number of years.

As my collection grew I tried a number of iterations, and in 2015 exhibited extracted details as a series of ‘Cuttings’ on plates. As the nature of graphic details became more eclectic and landscape based I found it necessary to re-think their resolution. The tiled bases (made from off-cuts of hand made porcelain tiles that originate in Jingdezhen in China) ground the details in a formal way, reminiscent of a stage set or diorama.

Paul Scott | The Cuttings Series
Cumbrian Blue(s), The Cuttings Series No:7, Horse, Rider & Mountain, 2021, Assemblage, cuttings from 19th century transferware platters, on hand made porcelain tile from Jingdezhen, H9 x W13 cm

These are the first sculptural pieces from the Cuttings series to be exhibited in this way. They reference earlier Cumbrian Blue(s) Trees & Vignettes which featured screen printed graphics developed from extracted transferware pattern details applied to specially made sculptural forms.

- Paul Scott, April 2021

You can view Paul Scott's May 2021 exhibition Scenery, Samplers & Souvenirs here and watch our short handling film below to view a few key pieces from the Cuttings Series that feature in the exhibition.

Paul Scott | The Cuttings Series
Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s) Willow (Garden) Tray No:1, 2008, In-glaze prints with gold lustre on four porcelain cups and tray made by Anne Linnemann Copenhagen
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