Grayson Perry (Turner Prize Winner and UAL Chancellor), Donald Smith (Director of Chelsea Space), Amy Jayne Hughes (V&A Resident Ceramicist) and Cherie Silver (Programme Curator at Chelsea Space) selected Emma Neuberg’s painting, Cloud Buds, for their exciting new public project, The Democratic Dish.

Emma Neuberg_plate_photo by Cherie Silver

The artwork is one of several designs that the artist created in response to the private collection of Alessandra and Simon Wilson, (art historian and former Curator of Interpretation at Tate) that was on show at Chelsea Space, London, in October 2018: The Democratic Dish: Minton’s Successionist Ware.

Neuberg attended the seminar, Collecting, Making and the Place of Ceramics in Art & Society Today, with an introduction by Simon Grant, and was compelled to enter the Democratic Dish competition. The effects of Art Nouveau, Belle Epoque, Japonerie, watercolour-like slipware and pastoral landscapes on show all inspired Neuberg’s designs and converged to bring a contemporary twist to the original Minton’s Successionist Ware.

Neuberg submitted two designs, Cloud Buds (original drawing above) and Blooms Blur, inspired by two of the original pots illustrated in Mintons’ 1901 catalogue and listed as Pot Numbers “12 Design” and “15 Design.”

Grayson Perry announced the winners on October 31st 2018 and three of the four finalists went on to spend a day in the Ceramics Studio at Chelsea College with curator and judges, Cherie Silver and Amy Jayne Hughes, learning to apply the decals in The Democratic Dish’s “Transfer Project.” 

Neuberg’s final design is on show at Chelsea Cafe from 27th November 2018 – 14th January 2019. Several platters were created for the private collections of the judges and the UAL Chelsea Space archives.

Discover more about the project and Neuberg’s competition history at University of the Arts London at Chelsea Space Projects.