On a trip to the great China trade fairs, Suzanne and I were at the stand of one of the finest Chinese ceramic manufacturers, I mean they supply some of the most exclusive companies in the ceramic tableware world. We were just browsing, as we rarely if ever would purchase an "off the shelf" pattern. On the walls of the stand were the most beautiful watercolour panels.
What if we could have these patterns on dinnerware we thought? The artist was contacted and she was delighted to have her artwork applied to a collection of plates and mugs.
The whiteware we chose was New Bone China. Traditional Bone China contains animal bone ash, where-as New Bone China contains calcium oxide instead of bone, which makes New Bone china finer, whiter and more durable than standard porcelain. It also has a beautiful translucency. Just hold one of our plates up to the light and you will see how fine they are.
So back to the watercolour patterns. The watercolour patterns are applied to the finest rice paper from Japan then pressed onto bisque plates and mugs by hand. The rice paper is removed, the pattern remains on the bisque-ware and they are glazed and fired. When you touch the plates, you can feel the edges of the ink and the strokes of the watercolour brushes.
We are so delighted with our Marnie collection, and the story behind it.
For our retailers that will visit us at Life Instyle in August this year – we will have some of the original art work on display on our stand.