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Hazle’s Tea Party

Hazle Ceramics 1990-2015
This marks Hazle’s 25th Year and also 150 years since Alice in Wonderland‘s debut in 1865. Hazle’s early low-relief clay models included some inspired by John Tenniel’s original Alice pictures that were shown at her first exhibition in Woodstock Museum, near Oxford. Details from both the Wonderland and Looking Glass tales are on the ceramic.

 Hazle’s title comes from “The Mad Tea Party”, said to be based on one of Alice’s birthday parties in the Deanery garden. The March Hare and the Dormouse take perpetual tea with the Mad Hatter. His top hat is on the wall. All three prints here are Royal Mail Alice Anniversary stamps!

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Hazle Ceramics
Hazle’s Ceramic Tea Party
Limited Painting of 25
on Oxford Alice

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 The model is based on the red Alice Gift Shop on St Aldgate’s in Oxford. A former grocery, author Lewis Carroll aka Charles Dodgson bought sweets for Alice and her sisters here. In the Looking Glass story it is known as the Old Sheep Shop.

 In the Deanery garden of Christ Church College, at Oxford University, this door leads to the church. Like doors in Alice, it was locked. Even her father the Dean had to go the long way round! Maths don Dodgson watched the young Liddells play here from his office. Still standing, the Cheshire Cat sat in a horse chestnut here, like Alice’s cat Dinah.

 Based on Alice’s father who was often late and in a hurry, the White Rabbit and his pocket watch are on the ceramic. Alice follows him and a Drink Me bottle shrinks her so she can’t reach a garden door key. An Eat Me cake makes her too big for the door. Both phrases are in the window. The Duchess is on the roof - as is Alice wearing a crown that comes from the Looking Glass book - as do Humpty Dumpty and The Garden of Live Flowers.

 As on the ceramic tree, “Grinning like a Cheshire Cat” is a part of our language.

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