Break the Mould – the heroes behind the design
When we kicked off our collaboration with Hatch we had a very specific idea in mind. We wanted to celebrate and pay homage to a group of homegrown British people that broke the mould – creative, brilliant people that dared to stand out among their peers, who did things differently to the people before them, who changed the course of history through their ideas, imagination, creativity, will, hard work and contributions to society. It’s not exhaustive, of course, but it’s a pretty good start. And we knew Hatch’s completely unique style was the only way to bring this to life.
So here we thought we’d tell you a little more about the unique characters that feature on the Venus & the Cat indoor pot ‘Break the Mould’.
David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016)
David Robert Jones, better known by his stage name David Bowie, was a game changer. So often Bowie set the trends that the industry would follow, peerlessly experimenting and creating entirely new sounds, personalities and styles of music that would go on to inspire millions.
After his Space Oddity debut Bowie personified the glam era by reinventing himself as his alter ego Ziggy Stardust. Within a handful of years he reinvented himself once more, characterising the 'Plastic Soul' genre with his Thin White Duke persona. Over the coming two decades Bowie would go through multiple mini-reinventions, encompassing his Berlin era, New Romanticism, Pop Music, Tin Machine, Electronica, Industrial, Neoclassicism and even Jungle. All the while becoming an actor of some note (and who doesn’t love Labyrinth?).
Critically acclaimed, Bowie sold over 100 million records worldwide. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and listed 39/100 on Rolling Stone's 'Greatest Artists of all time', who dubbed him "The Greatest Rock Star Ever".
Charlie Chaplin (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977)
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin KBE can be found on the 'Break the Mould' pot charmingly refusing the microphone David Bowie is offering him, characterising his dominance of the silent movie era through his iconic screen persona, "The Tramp". He is widely considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry, his career spanning more than 75 years.
Chaplin rose from a childhood of poverty in industrial London, with an absent father and a mother committed to a mental asylum, he was sent to a workhouse twice before he reached nine years old. By his early teens Chaplin was performing on stage, touring music halls, picking up work as an actor and latterly as a comedian. At 19 he struck gold, being spotted by a prestigious agency which rescued him from his life in London, whisking him to America. Within a few short years he was one of the most recognisable faces in the world.
Decades of success followed, movies released via his own distribution company United Artists, until much publicised domestic challenges finally saw him flee the US and leave the Tramp character behind. Chaplin continued to write, direct, produce, edit and star in his own films, in his later works allowing us to hear his voice at last. His films, most notably City Lights, Modern Times and The Great Dictator, are generally considered to be among the greatest films of all time.