Embark on a captivating exploration of the North East’s socio-economic landscape with Newcastle University, Fine Art Graduate, Lucy Waters. Waters’s innovative artistic approach, rooted in the specific Northern context, delves into the intricacies of societal norms, challenging conventional perspectives. Utilising hand-painted ceramics reminiscent of classic blue tableware, her pieces become a whimsical homage to tradition, skilfully interweaving narratives extracted from a diverse spectrum—conversations with family, acquaintances, and strangers. Through strategic integration of text sourced from dialogues and statistical insights, Waters critiques and references socio-political language, transcending geographical boundaries to resonate universally. Beyond their aesthetic allure, Waters’s ceramics serve as a catalyst for contemplation, compelling viewers to confront the challenges within the housing crisis, economic intricacies, and prevailing political rhetoric. A striking irony emerges in her choice of crockery as a canvas, symbolising the role of basic necessities amidst heightened food insecurity.