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A slip-decorated earthenware commemorative plate designed and made by Molly Curley for the Charles Street Carnival held in July 1986. The scene depicts a desert island with two palm trees.

Molly Curley trained at Cardiff College of Art, specialising in book illustration and teacher training. She pursued a career in art education, finally taking early retirement in 1982 after sixteen years at Cardiff High School. Since that time, having discovered the joy of working with clay, she has developed a new career as a potter. Over the last twenty years the scope of her work has developed, various clays are now used and are wheel thrown to produce a range of domestic ware, mostly decorated with liquid clay (slip) and all fired in electric kilns. In addition, there is a big demand for her commemorative ware (plates etc.) and house plates, which are made to order in slip decorated earthenware.

Charles Street Carnival was started in June 1977 by Cardiff Community Concern as a community groups' alternative celebration of the Queen's Silver Jubilee. This became an annual event and by the 1990s had become a separate organisation - Charles Street Arts. Cardiff Community Concern was an alternative advice and information hub for young people based in 58 Charles Street in the City Centre, Cardiff.

The private collection of Ian Horsburgh
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