ROGER LAW The Spitting Image creator turned potter, 79, in the studio of his converted Norfolk barn
1 MY TALENTED FRIEND
This drawing reminds me of my old friend, the illustrator Julian Allen. He was covering the 1967 Six-day War in the Middle East for a magazine when he was badly injured in a crash.
While recuperating, he did this drawing of a wounded Israeli soldier which he gave me as a present. Julian died of nonHodgkin’s lymphoma aged just 55. Every now and then I pick up the phone to call him, and then realise he’s not there.
2 S0 SINFUL…
I was introduced to ceramics by an artist called Janice Tchalenko and I’m very fond of this vase of hers. Before her, a lot of pottery was ghastly brown and she livened it up, introducing rich colours with lots of blues and reds. In 1993 we did a pottery show together called Seven Deadly Sins. It featured, for example, fat animals stuffing themselves. We didn’t have to do a lot of research because I in particular was familiar with most of the sins!
3 MATERIAL MEMORIES
My wife Deirdre is a quilt-maker and founder of the Quilters’ Guild. It’s natural to go from quilts to textiles, and she did lots of textile landscapes like this one of the Tanami Desert when we lived in Australia from 1997 to 2012. A lot of my pottery features that country’s fauna and flora too, be it lizards or odd-looking birds. We came back because we have eight beloved grandchildren but I really miss swimming every day, which I can’t do year-round here in Norfolk.
4 DI-NAMIC DUO
Most of the puppets my partner Peter Fluck and I created for the original Spitting Image are in storage or have been sold off. But I’ve kept this Princess Di hand puppet, which was made for the pilot, for sentimental reasons. Neither Peter nor I ever dreamt that Spitting Image would become such a phenomenon. It’s fun to have it back on again, and it certainly takes your mind off being locked down.
5 BRUSH WITH DESTINY
On one of my first visits to China, where I used to have a studio, I met a young artist, Li Jin, who did this brush drawing. His work reflects modern China, like this image of working girls. It’s mildly satirical (at least for China), which is part of what attracts me to him. He’s become really famous and I couldn’t possibly afford him now.
6 FANCY A CUPPA MRS T?
Before Spitting Image, Peter and I tried to make our fortune with joke products, like this ‘Mrs T pot’, royal eggcups and a Ronald Reagan coffee pot, but nobody wanted them. They have a rarity value now, though, and even pop up on Antiques Roadshow. The teapot can fetch £300, while the Michael Foot coffee mug can go for £800 – if you see one, grab it!