Here is a timeline of my tourist mugs and the London history that appears on them, celebrating the everchanging london skyline as seen from birds eye travelling from Greenwich in the east to Big Ben and the London Eye in the west, via the River Thames. I have been making these mugs since 1989, including the rescue helicopter which has been flying from the top of the Royal london hospital since then.
My technique: red earthenware thrown, turned and handled, then dipped in white slip then sgraffito drawings of London skyline, underglaze colours and oxides, clear glazed and since 2012 i have sometimes been adding transfers.
The docklands light railway (DLR) also had part of its route through Isle of Dogs to Greenwich, completed in 1987 the year I started my certificate in ceramics.
The Canary Wharf Tower (known as One Canada Square) was completed in August 1991.
In 2000, the Millennium Dome (now known as the o2 ) was completed.
The fourth plinth in trafalgar square began in 2005 with– a 3.6 metre (12 ft), 13-tonne Carrara marble torso-bust of Alison Lapper, an artist who was born with no arms and shortened legs due to a condition called phocomelia.
My mugs featured the work of Yinka Shonibare’s Ship in a Bottle, on fourth plinth between 2010-2012, now at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
From 2012 to date the skyline now includes the Shard, the Cheesegrater, and the Walkie Talkie, along with an influx of foxes at street level.