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Design News

ARTIST CHARLOTTE Hodes spent three months last summer at Spode in Stoke-on-Trent, painting and printing plates (above) with a collage of her own spirited images and others taken from the factory's pattern books and copper-plate transfers. Bold and colourful.

Surfing History is at the Eagle Gallery, 159 Farringdon Road, London WC1 (0171-833 2674) until 28 May

ACCLAIMED DESIGN trio El Ultimo Grito have collaborated with Wireworks to come up with a new collection of startlingly named artefacts: "Killing Me Softly" is an ashtray with an elevated cigarette holder, "Time Flies" an aluminium wall clock, while "Marilyn (I can see your knickers)" is, naturally enough, a chair.

Nobody Flies This Way: El Ultimo Grito is at The Bridge@ Same, 146 Brick Lane, London E1 (0171-247 9992) until 13 June

PETER COKE creates thrillingly intricate shell artefacts: pictures, obelisks, and Faberge-inspired "flower" arrangements in vases. Witty and (extraordinarily) pretty.

At O'Shea Gallery, 120a Mount Street, London W1 (0171-629 1122) until 28 May