Judges of the East Grinstead Meridian Rotary and Doodledish competition to design a plate, holding the winning entries

East Grinstead Meridian’s ‘Design a plate’ competition


children recreating their winning designs onto platesBack in March, Example artist Sheri Gee was asked by East Grinstead Meridian Rotary to help judge their Design a Plate competition, run in conjunction with Doodledish ceramic painting studio in Lingfield, Surrey.

325 children from four local primary schools entered some fabulous designs in response to the ‘Spring into Life’ competition brief. Fellow judges, Town Mayor Julie Mockford, Lisa Carey from Doodledish, Meridian President Ginnie Waddingham and Sheri were all blown away by the vibrant entries, and spent several hours going through each, to pick one winner from each school. Here are the four winning entries:



Following their display in various cafés around East Grinstead town and Lingfield, the four winners were then invited to paint their designs on to bisqueware plates at Doodledish, on Sunday 22 April. Assembled on the day, were all four judges, the young artists together with their parents, and representatives from East Grinstead Meridian Rotary. It was a busy event, with fabulous hospitality from Lisa at Doodledish. The children did a fantastic job at putting their heads down and concentrating hard on their designs, despite the pressure of the assembled lookers on! Here are two of the finished plates, before firing, together with their entries. Didn’t they do well!

The finished plates will be on display at the St Swithuns Festival of the Arts, in Association with East Grinstead Meridian Rotary, from 30 June – 3 July 2018.