The bowls will be displayed on the existing plate racks of the Dining Room, the Morning Room and the Conservatory. The individual pieces are unique and together form a cohesive body of work.
The project considers the historical origins of the house and of the owners Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes’s role in the early establishment of Bournemouth. The bowls seek to reflect on the rich architectural and interior detail of the house and the myriad paintings and exotic artefacts collected by the couple during their travels across the world.
The colour palette for the work, of gold, yellow and amber glass stain, deep ruby and black, encapsulates Victorian opulence and craftsmanship. Rebecca employs the same method of firing nitrates into the glass to recreate the amber and yellow evident in the stained glass throughout the museum, and uses ruby glass created by the synthesis of gold, matching the technique used for the ruby glass of the Conservatory windows.