Developed for the British Ceramics Biennial 2019, ‘Cultural Icons’ took inspiration from the history and tradition of the Staffordshire flat-back, once produced by most of the potteries in the region.
These objects reflected the interests of ordinary people in Victorian England, their subjects including famous entertainers, politicians, royalty and religious themes.
For this project, curators Tessa Peters and Christie Brown invited five figurative ceramicists to respond to the historic flat-back portrait figures in the extensive collections of the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and to comment on aspects of mainstream culture, society and politics today.
Dixon’s pieces take a satirical view of recent controversial political events such as Brexit and the chaotic presidency of Donald Trump.
Photos Jenny Harper
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