Teapot art sparks café memories in Swaffham

CoCoes in Swaffham has a new mosaic sign made by artist Carolyn Ash. From left, artist Carolyn Ash,

CoCoes in Swaffham has a new mosaic sign made by artist Carolyn Ash. From left, artist Carolyn Ash, Maggie Cooper, Mrs Coe and Hannah Hughes. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Memories came together in more ways than one when a special piece of artwork was unveiled as part of a food festival.

Vanessa and Les Scott, who own Strattons Hotel in Swaffham, asked Castle Acre-based artist Carolyn Ash to create a piece of artwork which could be put on display at their CoCoes café.

Specialising in mosaic and with a passion for making memories, Mrs Ash created a mosaic teapot made from broken crockery collected from CoCoes over the past five months.

The intricate design features a cat and a plate of cakes as well fruit, vegetables, a tea cup and a glass of wine.

Pauline Coe, whose late husband's family ran a printing firm on the CoCoes café site for more than a century, officially unveiled the artwork on Thursday.


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The launch formed part of the Brecks Food and Drink Festival.

Mrs Ash, 49, said: 'My work is all about making memories with people. I used lots of bits and pieces of broken crockery from CoCoes and I had lots of people come into my studio and bring me little bits – I had one woman come in with a broken necklace and the beads were perfect for decorating the cakes.

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'I hope people will like it and it's nice that it's something that's going to always be there.'

Mrs Ash created the teapot in about seven to 10 days over five months.

It has been put on display outside CoCoes. Mrs Scott said they had initially planned to place it higher on the wall but due to the detail, decided to display it at eye level.

'It's amazing. It's got so much detail that it would be a shame to put it high up on the wall,' said Mrs Scott.

'The story behind it is really important and to have Mrs Coe unveil it is a really honour.'

Mrs Coe, who celebrated her 80th birthday on Saturday, said she was 'privileged' to unveil the work.

The mother-of-two, who lives in North Pickenham Road, worked with her late husband Edwin at the printing firm on the site.

The company had been in her husband's family since 1885 until they closed it just over 10 years ago.

Mrs Coe said: 'Carolyn is obviously a very talented lady, I'm overwhelmed by how absolutely amazing her work is.'

The Brecks Food and Drink Festival runs until September 15.

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