It’s not often we get to report on current affairs on the Felt blog, but today is just such a day! Christchurch ceramicist Gillian Weavers of Mudbird Ceramics has created a specially commissioned piece from her Emerge range which will be presented to the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla Parker Bowles at the Diamond Jubilee dinner at Government House in Wellington tonight.
The Emerge range literally and symbolically has its origins in the Christchurch quakes of 2010–11. Each piece is marbled with a small quantity of liquefaction silt, which takes on a beautiful reddish tone against the white clay Gillian uses. The range commemorates the quakes and a portion of the proceeds of each Emerge purchase go to earthquake-related appeals.
Gillian designed her dish for the Duchess to represent a connection with both the Jubilee Hour and the Christchurch earthquakes, as well as paying tribute to the many volunteer hours pledged to both causes. She imprinted it with the very appropriate hymn Lend a Hand, from her collection of antique copper printing plates.