Smalt Blue
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The solo exhibition included painting, installation and video, sound by Rachael Boyd from Belfast, showing inspiration taken from the rich heritage of Middleport Pottery, featuring the making of the Wall Paintings (found in the prestigious cafe). Joyce incorporates colour, scale, pattern and texture, bringing together histories and a sense of place. Also displayed were previously inspired paintings that include the use of unconventional materials such as ceramic pigments, smalt, Burleigh transfer prints and paint.

'I am delighted to be the first artist to exhibit in The Gallery in the Prince of Wales Studios, Middleport Pottery 16 May to 10 July 2015. This will give me the opportunity to show the process of creating the cafe wall paintings, as well as previous work inspired by the patterns on the ware and new pieces made on site, during the residency.'

'I was commissioned to design and paint the Middleport Pottery cafe walls in May 2014 by the Prince's Regeneration Trust. The design is painted onto lime washed walls with a mineral paint, this will form a chemical bond to the lime wash and soak into the wall. Historically, Willow Pattern was printed in blue, and a paler blue used for the Asiatic Pheasant pattern. The blue colour was carefully matched and chosen to emulate the colour of the ware.'

Joyce Iwaszko 2015