Mad Kid's Bedroom Wall Pot (P442)

Catalogue Record

Collection

Maker

Title

Mad Kid's Bedroom Wall Pot

Made in

London

Date

1996

Description

Ceramic pot depicting nine people. A poem is written on one side. "I was a mad kid and I ain't. I did my 'ead in poster paint, I pinned it up above my bed by the photo of my dead pup, but after what my real dad said I took it down and tore it up. I was a mad kid and now I ain't. I got out 'coz I could paint." Eight small clay brown circles attached. Depictions of two women, two horses and a cross also attached in brown incised clay.

Materials and techniques

Coil built earthenware, decorated with marbled and stencilled slip, impressed and inlaid text and sprigs; sgraffitto accentuated with rubbed in underglaze. Copper oxide painted underglaze, transparent lead-free glaze, photographic enamel transfer.

Dimensions

height:  44cm
diameter:  43.1cm

Object number

P442

Category

References

Martina Margetts, Objects of Our Time, Crafts Council, 1996
Crafts Council Objects of Desire: Mad Kid's Bedroom Wall Pot by Grayson Perry
Featured in Ceramics: Art and Perception TECHNICAL. Issue 102. See related document.

On view

Short term loan for display in Rediscovery: The Decorative Arts in Portsmouth at Porstmouth City Museum, 15/09/2017 - 01/05/2018
http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/hidden-agenda-socially-conscious-craft
  • Mad Kid's Bedroom Wall Pot, Grayson Perry, 1996, Crafts Council Collection: P442. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

  • Mad Kid's Bedroom Wall Pot, Grayson Perry, 1996, Crafts Council Collection: P442. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

  • Mad Kid's Bedroom Wall Pot, Grayson Perry, 1996, Crafts Council Collection: P442. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

  • Mad Kid's Bedroom Wall Pot, Grayson Perry, 1996, Crafts Council Collection: P442. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

  • Mad Kid's Bedroom Wall Pot, Grayson Perry, 1996, Crafts Council Collection: P442. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

Related documents

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The UK Crafts Council Collection, article by Paul Bailey, courtesy of Ceramics: Art and Perception TECHNICAL
The UK Crafts Council Collection, article by Paul Bailey, courtesy of Ceramics: Art and Perception TECHNICAL

Maker's statement

'The style and techniques in this vase are typical of the work I made in 1996. The longer poem is unusual and more common on my work of a decade ago. I was very pleased with the images on this vase. the sense of menace of this macabre isolation of a country adolescent boy offset by the mawkish sentiments of the text. A top notch piece.'

See also catalogue for "Objects of our Time", Dec '96.