Redesigned Medalta Plate. Numbers Pattern by Jenna Stanton.
This Item is part of the permanent collection of the Canadian Museum of History (formerly Museum of Civilization).
6.25"dia. Available in Indigo (main image), Red, Light Blue & Plum.
If your preferred colour is not in stock please contact us and we can order it in for you.
Jenna: "These numbers have been collected and collaged from the vintage crocks
that are scattered throughout the Medalta museum. The numbers, which
were used to denote volume on crocks, span the history of the company
dating back to the beginnings of Medalta in 1912."
About the Redesigned Medalta Project:
Makers, illustrators, designers and art directors with multi-faceted practices
from across Canada have been recruited to design for an innovative new
venture, "Redesigned Medalta". The limited edition series of plates is to be
launched at MADE.
Leveraging an industrial and entrepreneurial past to create its cultural future,
Medalta is becoming a model for how small communities can transition from
industrial economies to cultural economies that connect to broader cultural
networks. An iconic factory and beehive kilns are now home to a state- of- the-
art contemporary artists studio facility and industrial museum. Artists and
designers are invited to interact with the site, the artefacts, and in the case of
the Re-designed Medalta project, the leftover ceramic objects from the factory.
Thousands of pieces of vintage china, some slightly flawed, some waiting to be
shipped, remained untouched for over 30 years in the shuttered Hycroft China
Factory. Frozen in time, Hycroft is now a part of Medalta in the Historic Clay
District of Medicine Hat, Alberta. Medalta preserves the vestiges of a fading
industry and once powerful economic driver; its unique early 20th century
buildings, the rusting equipment, the hills of clay transformed into brick that
built the town and the stories of the people who worked in the district.
The post-industrial landscape is rapidly changing in North America as places
that once that manufactured things are disappearing. Curator, Aaron Nelson
(Artistic Director of Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District)
assembled a group of problem solvers who see past the skin of the pattern and
extend the role of the rescued plates. Once vintage pieces of Canadian design
history, the plates of Redesigned Medalta reflect our industrial past while
forging a cultural future.