Trilogy by Karen Ryan

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I’m hoping these might find their way into my Christmas stocking… British artist and furniture designer Karen Ryan has created a series of plates called Trilogy by removing the surface decoration of existing chinaware to form messages. The platters, featuring the words “lies”, “beauty” and “forever beloved”, are the latest additions to her Second Hand Plate series, which appropriates found Willow Pattern chinaware. 

In her own words “I damage secondhand old plates. I remove the decorative patterns that camouflage our everyday lies and in its place I leave words that prick our conscience and create portraits of hidden domestics left open for others to interpret”.

Karen’s web site can be found at