Miss Annabel Dee, graduated from the prestigious Central Saint Martins in 2009 with a First class with Honours degree in Ceramic Design. Having won an Ethos Design Award for her surface design and been dubbed ‘the next Grayson Perry’ by the Evening Standard magazine with exhibitions ranging from London to New York, Annabel’s work is not something to be missed.
Her new collection of handmade vessels is entitled 'Slugs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails'. The focus is on providing a humorous narrative to childhood and the ever-debated question of growing up too quickly helping people remember people, eras and memories all in a tongue in cheek kind of way.
Titles poking fun at social taboos – such as ‘Fancy a quickie?’ and ‘Wives and Girlfriends’ emblazoned with the slogan ‘When I grow up I want to be WAG’ are visible on handmade fully glazed cylindrical vessels.
As a ceramicist her passion lies in uncovering memories and creating a visually pleasing and sometimes humorous narrative.
The mould making, slipcasting and the decoration are all done by Annabel. Her vessels feature a range of creative mediums combining surface, graphic design and photography along with ceramic qualities - relief and own recipe glazes which produce unique and thought provoking items which will help others remember places, people, memories and eras which would perhaps now be deemed long gone.
Having a previous graphic design background, Annabel loves merging old ephemeral photographs and illustrations with her own pen and ink drawings. It is highly essential for her to create narratives through these forms.
Her inspiration lies in her past. She believes it is more important than ever nowadays to remember our heritage and our background. We are beginning to forget our 'roots' and our own personal histories and forget that it is these that shaped the world in which we live in today.
Other inspiration includes wandering around London…by the time Annabel has meandered down avenues and alleyways she finds that she has gathered a wealth of ideas, captured by photographs or little doodles or perhaps flicking through old family photo albums, embarking on nostalgic journeys, providing a narrative to the good old days.