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'An intimate and thought-provoking work'
Dan Pearson
HAVE YOU EVER found broken pottery and wondered how it got underfoot?

Mark Lawson Bell is an artist who collects objects from nature and the detritus of man and re-imagines their reality. His playful imagination will lead you to ponder just how such broken pottery finds its way to gardens, potholes and riverbanks.

Tales From Broken Plates charts the final moments of 52 plates before each met its end.

The Collection

Edward Stamner
4 October 1910
'Cold beef and baked potato'
Lanhydrock, Cornwall
27 December 1931
Folkington, East Sussex
Maria Abbot
31 August 1893
'Bread, Cheddar and Grapes'
Brede, East Sussex
Fee McDonald
13 October 1842
Bampton, Oxfordshire
Rebecca Carter
18 October 1872
'Bread and Brandy'
Bethnal Green, London
Clarence Harris
13 February 1894
'Roast Goose with Herb Stuffing'
Hackney, London
Leonora Shulberg
4 August 1872
'Plum Pudding'
Primrose Hill, London
John Adams
4 January 1902
'Chicken Broth'
Chelsea, London
Elizabeth Craven
8 July 1874
'Duck Terrine'
Lerryn, Cornwall
Norman Robertson,
Ralph Swanberg, Edwin Taylor
25 September 1903
'Roast Partridge'
Hackney, London
John Fern
8 March 1874
'Goats Cheese'
Broad Oak, Sussex
John Adams
4 September 1905
'Stewed Plumbs and Custard'
Hackney, London
Margaret Fountaine
7 August 1905
'Honeyed Water'
Norwich, Norfolk
Miss Bayley
6 May 1921
'Wild Garlic, Cheddar and Seeded Bread'
Rye, East Sussex
George Cloud
19 April 1893
'Toad-In-The-Hole with Pigs-In-Blankets'
Hastings, East Sussex
Edward Ruthers
10 May 1828
'Beef and Oyster Pie'
Bovey Tracey, Devon
Flora Cotton
18 October 1862
'Jam Sandwiches'
Notting Hill, London
Ned Peterson
29 July 1862
'Fish Pie'
Hastings, East Sussex
Jenny Jones
14 November 1894
'Butter Biscuits'
Chelsea, London
David Peartree
4 January 1892
Hastings, East Sussex
Richard Dawson
3 August 1862
'Egg Flan and Cheddar'
Downtown, Hampshire
Mary Quaterly
26 August 1902
'Rhubarb Crumble'
Hastings, East Sussex
Jessie Foreman
1 November 1903
'Lamb Chops'
Bethnal Green, London
Isadora Green AND
Harriet Henderson
2 August 1862
'Lemon Tartlets'
Lostwithiel, Cornwall
Mary Foreman
9 September 1929
Bodmin Moor, Cornwall
Fancesca Calabria AND Frankie Gerconie
21 April 1860
'Coffee Beans'
Picadilly, London
Leonora Anders
10 August 1876
'Brill with Shrimps'
Betws-Y-Coed, North Wales
Timothy James
28 August 1907
'Roast Chicken'
Hastings, East Sussex
Harold Simpson
7 June 1878
'Brown Trout and Steamed Nettles'
Lewes, East Sussex
Cedric Watts
7 September 1878
'Tomato Tart and Glasshouse Salad'
Lechlade, Gloucestershire
Annie & Charlotte
22 June 1906
'Strawberries and Cigarette Ash'
Charleston, East Sussex
Joan Simmerman
21 May 1906
'Bacon and Eggs'
Gidleigh, Devon
AlicE Marriott
26 October 1879
'Hodge Podge Stew'
Downton, Wiltshire
Sir George Simons
31 January 1812
'Dover Sole and Grapes'
Kingston, East Sussex

Spoken Word

The Detail

260mm x 210mm hardback
Wibalin (buckram finish) cover
160 pages on 157gsm matt art paper
Die cut holes on map showing locations
Head and tail bands
Ribbon book mark
Weight 950g


‘An intimate and thought-provoking work that begs you to make these small worlds whole again.'
Dan Pearson
‘A charming dish of tales, morsels of delight, a feast for your imagination.’
Sally Gardner
‘What a lovely diversion! Beautiful.’
Lady Sorrell OBE
‘Poetic and magical.’
Mourad ‘Momo’ Mazouz