Small Striped Bowls Child & Adult from £35

Our hand-made & hand-painted bespoke bowls are a great size for kids but they work well for adults too. Available plain or add a name with our hand-painted lettering.

A timeless favourite, these personalised pots have been cherished and bought for generations. They are particularly popular as christening gifts and birthday presents for smalls. Our hand-lettered pieces are strictly Limited Edition and are all hand-painted to order. The art of lettering by hand, with no room for rubbing any mistakes off makes these a true testament to the skills of our talented decorators.

Available in eight Cottage Stripe colourways: Cobalt BlueFlamingo PinkParis GreenLondon StoneCoralBlackDenmark Green & Blue Green. Please click through the pictures to the left to see them all.

Patterned Child’s Bowl

NO LETTERING – £30.00
SINGLE LINE up to ten characters – £35.00
TWO LINES up to ten characters – £40.00

Please click here to see our matching stripey mugs with names on.

Waiting times vary but please allow for 4-8 weeks when we’re busy, though sometimes we can turn things around a little faster. We think they’re worth the wait. Please email us sales@ryepottery.co.uk or give a ring on +44 (0)1797 223038 to discuss your requirements.

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Small Striped Mugs Child & Coffee from £35

Our hand-made & hand-painted little mug is the perfect size for children or for an adult mug of coffee. Available with or without bespoke lettering.

A timeless favourite, these mugs have been cherished and bought for generations and are particularly popular as christening and birthday presents. Our mugs are strictly Limited Edition and are all hand-painted to order. The art of lettering by hand, with no room for rubbing any mistakes off makes these a true testament to the skills of our talented decorators.

Available in eight Cottage Stripe colourways: Cobalt Blue, Flamingo Pink, Paris Green, London Stone, Coral, Black, Denmark GreenBlue Green. Please click through the pictures to the left to see them all.

We also make matching bowls with names on too, which you can see if you click here. 

Waiting times vary but please allow for 4-8 weeks when we’re busy, though sometimes we can turn things around a little faster. We think they’re worth the wait. Please email us sales@ryepottery.co.uk or give a ring on +44 (0)1797 223038 to discuss your requirements.

Striped Small Mug – H: 8.5cm/ 3.5 inches – D: 7.75cm/ 3 inches

NO LETTERING – £30.00
SINGLE LINE up to ten characters – £35.00
TWO LINES up to ten characters – £40.00

To see other ways we can personalise our Tableware or Cottage Stripes please click here for our dedicated Bespoke pages.

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Small Striped Plates Child & Adult from £35

Our hand-made & hand-painted bespoke little plates are a great size for kids but they work well for adults too. Available plain or add a name with our hand-painted lettering.

A timeless favourite, these personalised pots have been cherished and bought for generations. They are particularly popular as christening gifts and birthday presents for smalls. Our hand-lettered pieces are strictly Limited Edition and are all hand-painted to order. The art of lettering by hand, with no room for rubbing any mistakes off makes these a true testament to the skills of our talented decorators.

Available in eight Cottage Stripe colourways: Cobalt Blue, Flamingo Pink, Paris Green, London Stone, Coral, Black, Denmark Green & Blue Green. Please click through the pictures to the left to see them all.

Small Child’s Plate

NO LETTERING – £30.00
SINGLE LINE up to ten characters – £35.00
TWO LINES up to ten characters – £40.00

Please click the following links to see our matching Bowls or Mugs 

Waiting times vary but please allow for 4-8 weeks when we’re busy, though sometimes we can turn things around a little faster. We think they’re worth the wait. Please email us sales@ryepottery.co.uk or give a ring on +44 (0)1797 223038 to discuss your requirements.

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Small Floral Bowls Child & Adult from £35 ea

Our hand-made & hand-painted bespoke bowls are a great size for kids but they work well for adults too. Available plain or add a name with our hand-painted lettering.

A timeless favourite, these personalised pots have been cherished and bought for generations. They are particularly popular as christening gifts and birthday presents for smalls. Our hand-lettered pieces are strictly Limited Edition and are all hand-painted to order. The art of lettering by hand, with no room for rubbing any mistakes off makes these a true testament to the skills of our talented decorators.

Available in three floral colourways: Damson FloralPink & Green Floral and finally Multi Floral, which includes a sunny pop of yellow. Please click through the pictures to the left to see them all.

Please click on the following links which have additional examples featuring our matching Small Plates and Mugs.

Patterned Child’s Bowl

NO LETTERING – £30.00
SINGLE LINE up to ten characters – £35.00
TWO LINES up to ten characters – £40.00

Please click here to see our matching floral mugs for children with names on.

Waiting times vary but please allow for 4-8 weeks when we’re busy, though sometimes we can turn things around a little faster. We think they’re worth the wait. Please email us sales@ryepottery.co.uk or give a ring on +44 (0)1797 223038 to discuss your requirements.

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Small Floral Mugs Child & Coffee from £35 ea

Our hand-made & hand-painted little mug is the perfect size for children or for an adult mug of coffee. Available with or without bespoke lettering.

A timeless favourite, these mugs have been cherished and bought for generations and are particularly popular as christening and birthday presents. Our mugs are strictly Limited Edition and are all hand-painted to order. The art of lettering by hand, with no room for rubbing any mistakes off makes these a true testament to the skills of our talented decorators.

Available in three floral colourways: Damson Floral, Pink & Green Floral and finally Multi Floral, which includes a sunny pop of yellow. Please click through the pictures to the left to see them all.

Please click on the following links which have additional examples featuring our matching Small Plates and  Little bowls.

Waiting times vary but please allow for 6-8 weeks. sometimes shorter but also sometimes longer when we’re busy. We think they’re worth the wait. Please call us on +44 (0)1797 223038 or email sales@ryepottery.co.uk to discuss your requirements.

Patterned Child’s Mug – (3.5 inches high, 3 inches diameter)

NO LETTERING  – £30.00
SINGLE LINE up to ten characters – £35.00
TWO LINES up to ten characters – £40.00

 

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Small Floral Plates Child & Adult from £35 ea

Our hand-made & hand-painted bespoke little plates are a great size for kids but they work well for adults too. Available plain or add a name with our hand-painted lettering.

A timeless favourite, these personalised pots have been cherished and bought for generations. They are particularly popular as christening gifts and birthday presents for smalls. Our hand-lettered pieces are strictly Limited Edition and are all hand-painted to order. The art of lettering by hand, with no room for rubbing any mistakes off makes these a true testament to the skills of our talented decorators.

Available in three floral colourways: Damson FloralPink & Green Floral and finally Multi Floral, which includes a sunny pop of yellow. Please click through the pictures to the left to see them all or click on the following links which have additional examples featuring our matching Small Bowls and Mugs.

Small Child’s Plate

NO LETTERING – £30.00
SINGLE LINE up to ten characters – £35.00
TWO LINES up to ten characters – £40.00

Waiting times vary but please allow for 4-8 weeks when we’re busy, though sometimes we can turn things around a little faster. We think they’re worth the wait. Please email us sales@ryepottery.co.uk or give a ring on +44 (0)1797 223038 to discuss your requirements.

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Small Hop Bowls Child & Adult from £35 ea

Our hand-made & hand-painted bespoke bowls are a great size for kids but they work well for adults too. Available plain or add a name with our hand-painted lettering.

A timeless favourite, these personalised pots have been cherished and bought for generations. They are particularly popular as christening gifts and birthday presents for smalls. Our hand-lettered pieces are strictly Limited Edition and are all hand-painted to order. The art of lettering by hand, with no room for rubbing any mistakes off makes these a true testament to the skills of our talented decorators.

Available in eight Hop colourways: Cobalt Blue, Flamingo Pink, Paris Green, Chartreuse & Leaf Green, Coral, Black, Denmark Green & Blue Green. Please click through the pictures to the left to see them all.

Small Hop Bowl

NO LETTERING – £30.00
SINGLE LINE up to ten characters – £35.00
TWO LINES up to ten characters – £40.00
THREE LINES up to ten characters – £45.00

Please click here to see our matching small mugs with names on.

Waiting times vary but please allow for 4-8 weeks when we’re busy, though sometimes we ca

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Small Hop Mugs Child & Adult from £35 ea

Our hand-made & hand-painted little mug is the perfect size for children or for an adult mug of coffee. Available with or without bespoke lettering.

A timeless favourite, these mugs have been cherished and bought for generations and are particularly popular as christening and birthday presents. Our mugs are strictly Limited Edition and are all hand-painted to order. The art of lettering by hand, with no room for rubbing any mistakes off makes these a true testament to the skills of our talented decorators.

Available in eight Hop colourways: Cobalt Blue, Flamingo Pink, Paris Green, Chartreuse & Leaf Green, Coral, Black, Denmark Green & Blue Green. Please click through the pictures to the left to see them all.

Patterned Child’s Mug – (3.5 inches high, 3 inches diameter)

NO LETTERING – £30.00
SINGLE LINE up to ten characters – £35.00
TWO LINES up to ten characters – £40.00

We also make matching bowls with names on too, which you can see if you click here.

Waiting times vary but please allow for 4-8 weeks when we’re busy, though sometimes we can turn things around a little faster. We think they’re worth the wait. Please email us sales@ryepottery.co.uk or give a ring on +44 (0)1797 223038 to discuss your requirements.

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Ceramic Christmas Baubles £25 ea

Christmas Bauble Heads!

Suitably Bonkers for Rye Pottery … and suitably last minute.

What started as a few baubles for a window display has quickly escalated. These are fun one-offs, hand-painted and individually singed by the decorator – we’ve been having some fun with them if we’re honest and the whole team has taken part.

Pick n mix from the tree in store, or order here from our seven favourites so far.

Please tell us by clicking below which you’d like by saying the number from left to right!

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Rye Robins £27 ea

The Rye Robin

One of our absolute personal favourites, and arguably the essence of Rye Pottery, modelled by our post war founder, the sculptor Wally Cole MBE.

This piece take up the smallest of spaces while making the largest of impacts. This is our take on the Gardener’s Friend. As a collector’s piece this is sculptural at its heart and begging to be touched. You can feel the shape in your hand.

Pieces by Wally are to be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum, but this is a chance to own one of his classics but not at museum prices.

Available in three colourways Black, Cobalt Blue & Olive.

 

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Rye Pottery Dove £10

Our signature Rye Pottery Dove.

Small but perfectly formed this Earthenware Dove was originally modelled by our post-war co-founder Wally Cole MBE.

If you put your thumb onto the back of its tail you can still feel where Wally’s thumb conjured the original shape.

This is a strongly sculptural piece where the simplicity of the form speaks for itself.

Length 6.5cm
Height 3.5cm

Price £10 each

 

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The Rye Cockatoos £78.50 ea

Rye Pottery has a long history with birds, which we’ll go into another day.

In the meantime, take a look at our beautiful Cockatoos.

Choose from stunning & understated Charcoal & Radiccio, or Jade & Pink & fabulous!

These are all sold singly, but do look closely at the Jade & Pink pics, as one has a predominantly Pink wing, wit the other predominantly Jade, which makes them fun as a “Mismatched Pair”.

Click here to see more pics of the Charcoal & Radiccio

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Rye Turtle Dish £99

The Turtle Dish

Who doesn’t want a hand-made and hand-painted Ceramic Turtle Dish?

This piece is a real talking point and it’s useful too! The striking and beautifully detailed Seagull perching atop our friendly Turtle is in fact the handle for this little dish. He also carries that somewhat nonchalant, arrogant air that any regular seaside visitors knows only too well.

Perfect for a host of storage ideas but we like cotton wool balls in the bathroom, cufflinks in the bedroom or knick knacks around the house. Some people use it to serve food and sweets in too.

The detail on the Seagull perched on top is particularly striking.

Originally modelled by Tony Bennett this classic piece of Rye Pottery is available in two colourways:

Delphinium & Jade
Charcoal & Olive (click here to see more pics).

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London Stone Squirrel £78.50 ea

Our charming ceramic Squirrel is available in two colourways – London Stone or Coral Sponge. The main photograph here shows London Stone.

The animal’s main body is carefully sponged by our decorators, while features and the base are painstakingly hand-painted; from the detailed branch of the tree to the acorn that’s just been grasped.

Designed by Biddy & Tarquin Cole and modelled by Tony Bennett.

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Height (approx): 21cm/8.2in

We try to keep all items in stock, but inevitably sometimes we fail – If you are unable to add this item to your cart please click here to email us and we will handmake one especially for you.  Waiting times are typically 4 – 6 weeks, so please be patient and pray to the kiln gods.

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Dogs & Puppies – Black from £27

Every Rye Dog and Puppy is different, so why not group a few of them together?

These characterful best friends come in a host of variations, but your decision starts with choosing a sponged or spotted coat.

Then it’s on to colours. These little chaps are currently available in Black but also in Classic Cobalt Blue, and the ever-popular soft London Stone.

And finally it’s neck decorations- will it be Classic Dog Tag, Dapper Bow or School & Office Tie?

You can mix and match any of these three combinations to make your very own personalised furry friend.

Each one of these is painted to order, but we always have some combinations available for immediate dispatch and if you’re visiting Rye we always try to have a few in stock in our shop too, so why not pop in and take a look for yourself?

Both the Rye Puppies and Dogs were originally modelled for Rye Pottery by Joan de Bethel with decoration design by Tarquin & Biddy Cole and the Rye Design Team.

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Dogs & Puppies Stone from £27

Every Rye Dog and Puppy is different, so why not group a few of them together?

These characterful best friends come in a host of variations, but your decision starts with choosing a sponged or spotted coat.

Then it’s on to colours. These little chaps are currently available in the ever-popular soft London Stone as well as Classic Cobalt Blue, and Black

And finally it’s neck decorations- will it be Classic Dog Tag, Dapper Bow or School & Office Tie?

You can mix and match any of these three combinations to make your very own personalised furry friend.

Each one of these is painted to order, but we always have some combinations available for immediate dispatch and if you’re visiting Rye we always try to have a few in stock in our shop too, so why not pop in and take a look for yourself?

Both the Rye Puppies and Dogs were originally modelled for Rye Pottery by Joan de Bethel with decoration design by Tarquin & Biddy Cole and the Rye Design Team.

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The Rye Rabbit £78.50 ea

The Rye Rabbit

This hand-made and hand-painted ceramic rabbit is one of our most popular animal figures.

The main image shows the Rye Rabbit in Indigo Blue Sponge, but this figure is also available in London Stone Sponge, Ginger Sponge and White with Black Spots.

We’re reliably informed by customers that the combination of the Rabbit itself and the intricate base featuring hand-painted flowers in coordinating and complimentary colours is one of the key attractions of this piece.

Click here to see the three other colours we hand-paint this figure. 

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Little Pink Pigs from £32 ea

Little Pink Pigs

Or ‘Lil Pigs as we like to call them!

These are our smallest lil piggies and they come in a confusing array of sizes. The standing Pigs are available in small, medium and large while the little sitting pig is available only as a small chap.

They’re sold separately but do look good as a pair, or  more! Shown here in Pink with Brown spot they’re also available as a “Saddleback” in a soft black sponge with the a white stripe.

Why not take a look at possible parents for the littlest of these pigs with our Boar & Sow, or our Famous Sussex Pigs.

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The Running Hare £67 ea

The Running Hare

Though many like to think this figure is a rabbit, and indeed call it a rabbit, it is in fact a Hare – a Running Hare no less.

A timeless Rye Pottery figure, this figure is currently available in twodifferent colourways.

London Stone and Leaf Green or London Stone with a more sultry Black Charcoal base.

We’re particularly proud of the sense of movement in this piece, and in fact it’s one of Biddy and Quin’s all-time favourites.

Without doubt a classic Rye Pottery design.

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The Running Hare £67 ea

The Running Hare

Though many like to think this figure is a rabbit, and indeed call it a rabbit, it is in fact a Hare – a Running Hare no less.

A timeless Rye Pottery figure, this figure is currently available in two different colourways.

London Stone and Leaf Green or London Stone with a more sultry Black Charcoal base.

We’re particularly proud of the sense of movement in this piece, and in fact it’s one of Biddy and Quin’s all-time favourites.

Without doubt a classic Rye Pottery design.

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The Rye Vixen £86

The Rye Vixen

The Rye Vixen is a striking standalone figure. With a suitably mischievous sense of movement & something of the Fantastic Mr Fox about her, this figure makes a strong focal point for a mantelpiece or dresser.

Modelled originally by Tony Bennett, the Rye Vixen is painted individually by our expert decorating team using a mixture of hand-sponging and free-hand brushwork. She features a Coral coat, Dark Green & Dark Brown base with additional black detailing.

At 26.8cm or 10.5in wide and 17cm/6.6″ high, The Rye Vixen has a very slight depth of 5/6 cm and is one of our pieces that regularly tempts new collectors. She also fits on the slimmest of shelves or infront books.

 

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The Penguin £27 each

The Penguin

Our Rye Penguin was modelled and designed in the 1930’s by our post-war co-founder WV Cole MBE (Wally) and re-introduced by Rye Pottery in 1993.

This was Wally’s first ever moulded piece, which he created specifically to learn about moulding and traditional slip casting methods while studying sculpture at the Central School of Art under John Skeaping.

He was working on another job at London Zoo at the time where the then radical Penguin Pool had just been built. So this piece was conceived while spending his lunch hour sketching the zoo’s incredible collections – and he was paid to be there to boot!

Please contact us if you would like to buy this piece.

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Lop Eared Rabbit £78.50

The Lop Eared Rabbit In London Stone & Black

Our pottery Lop Eared Rabbit is available in two colourways, London Stone Sponge or Indigo Blue & Leaf Green.

Designed by Tony Bennet, this piece is simplicity itself, with sweeping sculptural shapes doing much of the talking.

Having said that, this piece has particularly mesmerising eyes, and incredibly detailed painting on the plant.

 

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The Donkeys from £67

The Donkeys

We call them our Beach Donkey & our Little Donkey.

Popular with horse, donkey and beach lovers alike, these are ever popular figures for us. They also fit well with our Ceramic Nativity, featuring Mary, Joseph & Child

Painted with a unique, varying Brown that we blend in-house here at Rye Pottery, these Donkeys are lovingly sponged by hand with charming faces added by paintbrush. The base is worth a look too, with hand-painted delicate thistles nestling at the bottom.

Available In Large or Small, these are sold separately.

Modelled originally for us by sculptor and ceramicist Tony Bennett.

 

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The Rye Zebra £72 ea

The Rye Zebra

As all Zebra afficionados know, no two Zebras are ever the same. And this is a classic example of where our hand-painting comes to the fore and reinforces our take on the natural world.

Straight lines, or even Zebra-style lines, are incredibly difficult to paint free-hand, particularly as we paint onto raw, unfired glaze. It’s kind of like painting onto cake icing or blotting paper. The glaze absorbs the colour immediately, which means there’s no room for error.

So sit back and reminisce about those trips to the plains and mountains of Africa.

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The Rye Cockatoos £78.50 ea

 

Rye Pottery has a long history with birds, which we’ll go into another day.

In the meantime, take a look at our beautiful Cockatoos.

Choose from stunning & understated Charcoal & Radiccio, or Jade & Pink & fabulous!

These are all sold singly, but do look closely at the Jade & Pink pics, as one has a predominantly Pink wing, wit the other predominantly Jade, which makes them fun as a “Mismatched Pair”.

 

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The Rye Rabbit £78.50 ea

Introducing the popular Rye Rabbit!

This hand-made and hand-painted ceramic rabbit is one of our most popular animal figures.

The main image shows the Rye Rabbit in London Stone Sponge, but this figure is also available in Indigo Blue Sponge, Ginger Sponge and White with Black Spots.

We’re reliably informed by customers that the combination of the Rabbit itself and the intricate base featuring hand-painted flowers in co-ordinating and complimentary colours is one of the key attractions of this piece.

 

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Little Saddleback Pigs from £32 ea

Little Pink Pigs

Or ‘Lil Pigs as we like to call them!

These are our smallest lil piggies and they come in a confusing array of sizes. The standing Pigs are available in small, medium and large while the little sitting pig is available only as a small chap.

They’re sold separately but do look good as a pair, or more! Shown here is “Saddleback” – a soft black sponge with a white stripe. Also available in Pink with Brown spot here.

Why not take a look at possible parents for the littlest of these pigs with our Boar & Sow, or for our Famous Sussex Pigs click here.

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The Red Squirrel – £78.50 ea

The Red Squirrel

Ok, so not strictly red, actually this is our soft Coral colour but it works beautifully we think.

The animal’s main body is carefully sponged by our decorators, while features and the base are painstakingly hand-painted; from the detailed branch of the tree to the acorn that’s just been grasped.

Also available in London Stone Sponge.

Designed by Biddy & Tarquin Cole and modelled by Tony Bennett.

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Rye Turtle Dish £99

The Turtle Dish

Who doesn’t want a hand-made and hand-painted Ceramic Turtle Dish?

This piece is a real talking point and it’s useful too! The striking and beautifully detailed Seagull perching atop our friendly Turtle is in fact the handle for this little dish. He also carries that somewhat nonchalant, arrogant air that any regular seaside visitors knows only too well.

Perfect for a host of storage ideas but we like cotton wool balls in the bathroom, cufflinks in the bedroom or knick knacks around the house. Some people use it to serve food and sweets in too.

The detail on the Seagull perched on top is particularly striking.

Originally modelled by Tony Bennett this classic piece of Rye Pottery is available in two colourways:

Delphinium & Jade
Charcoal & Olive.

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Hand thrown – Little Red Clay Vases £35 ea

These are a popular little hand-thrown vase that we’ve been selling in the shop for a while now but are new to our online customers.

They are hand-thrown on a wheel using red clay and then glazed and hand-decorated. The vases currently come in two shapes and two decorative styles, one features simple bands (refined black circles hand-painted at the base) while the other is a “Sgraffito” design, a scratch through technique that we call Tracery.

We produce them in two shapes – Conical or Flask – and either with or without the little RYE stamp on the front.

Do note that these are absolutely guaranteed to vary but will be in the spirit of those pictured here.

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Our Chaucer Journey – The making & painting

This is a short-ish version of how we actually make our Canterbury Tales Collection. It’s hard to over-emphasise quite how hand made our work is, so we thought some photographs would help. Please click through the pics on the left to see them in all their glory.

After a three stage moulding process from the original design, every figure is individually cast using liquid clay – known as slip – into plaster of paris working moulds. Using a top secret recipe and equally hush-hush timings excess clay is poured away and the moulds are carefully opened to reveal the figure inside. After a period drying the pieces are “fettled”, trimmed and sponged to remove seams, rough areas and generally provide a perfect surface for painting. Some pieces are made using more than one mould so this where any heads, limbs, ears or even tails will be “stuck” on.

This stage is one of the unseen but critical and highly skillful elements of our work. It requires a deft but delicate touch and a lot of attention to detail. One of the pictures on the left shows what happens if you’re too firm with the trimming knife!

The pieces are fired for the first time in the kiln to become “bisque” and are then inspected and hand-glazed by our talented decorating team. Every decorator then trims, signs, “backstamps” and prepares the glazed surface for painting. We use hand brushwork directly onto the powder-dry glaze before it’s been fired, which means the surface is incredibly absorbent and there’s little room for mistakes! The decorators tend to start with hand-painting the face if possible as they say it conjours the spirit of the individual piece and helps them focus on what they are depicting. You may have already noticed that the colours we paint with change, sometimes dramatically, during the final “glost” firing so the decorating team are vigilant not to mix colours up.

Once painted the figures are carefully packed into the kiln. They are picked up by hand, taken to the kiln and fitted snugly together, all without smudging the painting. A delicate 3d jigsaw.

Then…we wait. About 36 hours, before the kiln doors are cool enough to open and reveal the treasure inside. A bit of Alchemy and a lot of industrial Artistry.

 

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The B8 little bowl in Cottage Stripe £28 ea

Little bowls that are perfect for sugar, sweets, jam, mini biscuits, weaning, tapas…we could go on!

Try one and see how much you use it – you’ll need another.

These are hand thrown so do vary slightly in size, so if you want more than one it might be worth ordering them so they sit together as perfectly as we can make them.

Rye Pottery’s classic Cottage Stripe comes in eight colourways:

Cobalt Blue
Flamingo Pink
Paris Green
London Stone
Coral
Black
Denmark Green
Blue Green

Also available in the following larger sizes:
Cereal/Soup Bowl
Noodle/Pasta Bowl
Salad/Fruit/Serving Bowl

 

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Our Lady £197.50

Our Lady

This is our tribute to all female Saints, but you can call her the Virgin Mary or Mary, Mother of Jesus if you like.

A beautiful sensitive, tiny figure, with Angels supporting (or looking down?) on her, this is a charming and tranquil addition to any quiet space.

With striking turquoise skies and a beautiful, simple dress this piece oozes peace and contemplation and as ever with this series really challenges our dedicated and talented team of hand painting decorators.

We hope you like her.

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Naive Nativity £197.50

The Naive Nativity

Another of our favourite pieces. Full of charm and packed with detail, this figure depicts a serene Mary & Child. While the sheep and cattle look on, the Angels herald the child’s arrival.

And don’t forget to check the back, where you’ll find two Shepherds celebrating the birth too with the Angel’s perching up above.

Please do click the thumbnails below to see all the elements. This range carries the most intricate details on a physically very small piece and really shows off our paintresses talents. Tiny, tiny brushes are used here and this piece takes an absolute age to paint and an extraordinary eye for detail.

The palette here makes use of several Blues, including Delphinium, Cobalt and Garter alongside Dark Chocolatey Brown and warm Coral, Russett and Chetsnut.

Designed by Tarquin Cole & and modeled originally by Chris O’Donoghue

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The Hop Pickers £197.50

The Hop Pickers

Hops have been a quintessential part of the landscape here in Kent & Sussex since the 16th Century. They’ve also been central to the pottery made by us here in Rye since the 1800s – our company has always made pots decorated with hops in various forms and we used the old hop poles as fuel for the old wood fired kilns.

So what could be more natural than a Pastoral figure depicting Oast Houses and the traditional craft of Hop Picking? We still meet lots of customers who remember the annual pilgrimage at harvest time with their Mums and Aunts. Really it was temporary work for adults, but for city kids it was a country holiday.

This is a feelgood snapshot of history, filled with fond childhood memories. As ever the small scale of this piece relies on the incredible talents of our painting team who take hours with tiny brushes to paint every individual brick and hop on this piece.

Designers Tarquin Cole & Chris O’Donoghue

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Mothers Day £197.50

Mother’s Day

However you want to spell it , or put the apostrophes, this is a charming naïve celebration of arguably the most important member in the family – Mum.

Part of our range of English pastoral scenes, Mother’s Day proves a popular gift all year round.

Featuring Dad delivering breakfast in bed to Mum and the kids, in relief on the reverse is the latest baby in its cradle – with admiring cat!

The pretty palette for this piece reflects the rosy glow of the scene depicted and focuses on soft, light colours including Delphinium & Cobalt Blue and two of our most popular pinks, Flower Pink &Flamingo pink.

Designed by Tarquin Cole & Chris O’Donoghue

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New England Settlers £197.50

The New England Settlers

A delightful piece created specifically for our many loyal international customers.

This figure was conceived to create a dedicated piece for collectors of our American Heroes series who were taken by the simplicity and naivity of our Pastoral collection. And we think the first settlers were a wonderful match for the design concept of this series.

The gentle colours of this piece take you back in time to the fierce, brave and dangerous world of starting afresh in the new lands. Our delicate Olive, Tan and the Dark Drown used to create the detail of the wood on their basic, hand-made cabin is particularly hard to produce on such a small scale. The gentle tones of Damson for Mrs’ dress gives just the right lift of colour to keep a woman’s spirits up while tackling a brave new world. The faithful dogs by their side are charming but essential in the new Frontier.

Designed by Tarquin Cole & modelled by Chris O’Donoghue

 

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Shepherd Neame & His Wife of Sussex £197.50

Shepherd Neame & His Wife of Sussex

We’re not sure about the origins of the name for this piece, but it’s without doubt a simple, country figure depicting a humble Shepherd and his wife.

With their charming two sheep at their side, these are hard-working country folk who spend their days tending their animals and tilling the land. Farming is one of those classic professions that seems to simple to those on the outside, but its tough work as every shepherd and farmer knows. There’s no breaks at Christmas or on your birthday, the animals still need to be looked after and fed, though the addition of quad bikes these days does at least make getting around the fields a tad quicker. Though you still have to open the gates!

This is a great addition to any country home with soft, gentle colours and a unique country charm. A perfect gift for the smallest, err, smallholder to the biggest sheep farmer.

Designed and originally modelled by Joan de Bethel

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Geoffrey Chaucer £197.50

Geoffrey Chaucer

This key figure in our Canterbury Tales Collection is originally modelled on an early portrait belonging to the Sackville family at Knowle in Kent.  Sculptor and Ceramicist Tony Bennett created Chaucer as a larger figure than the rest of the figures in this series, visualising him  as “The Puppet Master” pulling the strings of his Canterbury Tales Pilgrims.

Geoffrey Chaucer was an important civil servant at the court of King Richard 11 and was responsible for the building of Westminster Hall – a great medieval building still used for the Lying in State of the Monarch and  some notable Statesmen.

Chaucer is also decorated within the same tight colour palette of the Canterbury Collection, cobalt, terracotta, warm earthy brown and soft green.

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The Wife of Bath £109.50

The Wife of Bath

A worthy woman all her life, what’s more

She’d had five husbands, all at the Church door

Apart from other company in youth,

No need just now to speak of that, forsooth.

Rye Pottery’s Wife of Bath was the very first figure we designed based on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

She continues to be one of our most popular characters in the collection.

The Wife of Bath is the only figure in the series modelled by sculptor/painter Gordon Davies and was originally conceived as a one-off character for Canterbury Cathedral’s gift shop. In her early days she was hand-painted only in Cobalt Blue & White, but today her decoration now ties in with the range’s medieval colour palette of Cobalt Blue, Terracotta, earthy Browns and a soft Sherwood Forest Green.

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The Miller £109.50

The Miller

The Miller was a chap of sixteen stone,

A great stout fellow big in brawn and bone.

A wrangler and a buffoon, he had a store

Of tavern stories, filthy in the main.

The Infamous Miller, or The Dirty Miller as some of us call him, is famous to a certain generation as compulsory English Literature reading. We’ve worked hard to really bring Chaucer’s tale to life here and as a result this really is one of our most characterful figures.

He is depicted here warts and all, with a palette using mainly terracotta and cobalt blue – even his bagpipes are painstakingly hand-painted in detail to match Chaucer’s many references to all things pig and porcine in the Miller’s Tale.

We’ve also tried to be true to Chaucer’s description of the Miller’s poor old horse, which is a far cry from many of the other fine looking beasts in this series and is clearly working hard to carry his burden.

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The Guildsman’s Wife £109.50

The Guildsmen & their Wives – The Guildsman’s Wife

Chaucer mentions the specific Guilds in his prologue: They had the capital and revenue,/Besides their wives declared it was their due./And if they did not think so, then they ought;/To be called Madam is a glorious thought.

Chaucer does not actually tell us that the Guildsmen had taken their wives with them on the Pilgrimage to Canterbury, but he does describe them rather well. So we have chosen to assume they went too, as it allows us the fun of having more than just 2 women in our Collection.

The Guildsman’s Wife

To be called madam is a glorious thought,

And so is going to church and being seen

Having your mantle carried like a queen 

The Guildsman’s Wife is shown wearing a similarly patterned coral dress to her husband’s tunic, along with a n incredibly decorative wimple head dress, that is somewhat hard for our decorator’s to paint.

Click here to see The Guildsman himself.

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The Guildsman £109.50

The Guildsmen & their Wives – The Guildsman

Chaucer mentions the specific Guilds in the prologue of The Canterbury Tales;

The Guildsman’s knife was tricked out with brass,

But wrought with purest silver, which avouches

A like display on girdles and on pouches.

Guilds were extremely powerful and important in medieval England; becoming a Member of your trade guild marked both you and your family as worthy of attention.

Once we realised that the Guilds gave us great scope for our decorating skills, we were able to enjoy working with an array of patterned tunics, alternative fabrics and particularly decorative hats.

The Guildsman is clothed in soft terracotta both patterned and braided,  and ties in perfectly with his wife. While his pleated, draped hat adds gravitas to his whole costume.

Click here to see The Guildsman’s Wife.

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The Carpenter’s Wife £109.50

The Guildsmen & their Wives – The Carpenter’s Wife

Chaucer mentions the specific Guilds in his prologue, and when we first introduced a generic Guildsman and his Wife we realised there was huge scope for us to work with each of the named Guilds allowing us an exciting choice of costume especially for the wives. As it says in the Prologue: They had the capital and revenue,/Besides their wives declared it was their due./And if they did not think so, then they ought;/To be called Madam is a glorious thought.

THE CARPENTER’S WIFE

And so is going to church and being seen

Having your mantle carried like a queen.

The Carpenter’s Wife has a particularly grand, decorated mantle (or cloak), which she clearly felt befitted her status as a Guildsman’s wife.  Her gown, an elegant, soft blue, has a rather fine series of coral buttons down the front of the bodice that id designed to tie in with the ornate clasp on her cloak as well as her headdress.

Click here to see her husband The Carpenter.

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The Carpenter £109.50

The Guildsmen & their Wives – The Carpenter

Chaucer mentions the specific Guilds in his prologue, and when we first introduced a generic Guildsman and his Wife we realised there was huge scope for us to work with each of the named Guilds allowing us an exciting choice of costume especially for the wives. As it says in the Prologue: They had the capital and revenue,/Besides their wives declared it was their due./And if they did not think so, then they ought;/To be called Madam is a glorious thought.

THE CARPENTER

Their wisdom would have justified a plan

To make each one of them an alderman.

The Carpenter is sporting a particularly jaunty hat, which was inspired during a visit to a museum in Perugia, Italy  where we loved a series of medieval tapestries. We found so many ideas for decoration that we filled up an entire sketch book with hasty scribbles. His tunic is in our soft russet brown , carefully matching his Wife’s ample cloak.

Click here to see The Carpenter’s charming wife.

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The Pardoner £109.50

The Pardoner

This Pardoner had hair as yellow as wax,

Hanging down smoothly like a hank of flax.

His chin no beard had harboured, nor would harbour,

Smoother than ever chin was left by barber.

The Pardoner with his rather swarthy partner The Summoner,  gave us the only chance to include a new colour: his lank greasy Yellow hair. Though might say we’ve been too kind to him!

To offset some of the more solid coloured tunics we also  gave him a striped finish which makes him a little more feminine as well as  showing off our decorators’ skills – painting straight lines as if they are fabric is no mean feat.

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The Yeoman £109.50

The Yeoman

The Yeoman, servant to The Knight, always seems to us to be one of the characters Chaucer actually liked.  A real man with a real job, ready to defend and follow his master – The Knight – at any cost.

The detail in this figure is extremely important to show his action character credentials; his sword, bow & arrows and his shield are all carefully delineated against his soft green tunic and russet leather head gear.  Note too, that unlike all the other Pilgrims he is riding in leather gauntlets.

This Yeoman wore a coat and hood of green,

And peacock feathered arrows bright and keen.

His arrows never drooped their feathers low –

And in his hands he bore a mighty bow.

He was a proper forester I guess.

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The Carpetmaker’s Wife £109.50

The Guildsmen & their Wives – The Carpetmaker’s Wife

Chaucer mentions the specific Guilds in his prologue, and when we first introduced a generic Guildsman and his Wife we realised there was huge scope for us to work with each of the named Guilds allowing us an exciting choice of costume especially for the wives. As it says in the Prologue: They had the capital and revenue,/Besides their wives declared it was their due./And if they did not think so, then they ought;/To be called Madam is a glorious thought.

 Besides their wives declared it was their due,

And if they did not think so then they ought:

To be called Madam is a glorious thought.

The Carpetmaker’s Wife sports a soft Cobalt blue dress with a delicate repeat motif teamed with a flattering coral collar. She hasgenerously patterned coral cuffs to complement her husband’s wide sleeves.

Her headdress is one of the most complicated in our Canterbury Tales range, allowing her carefully netted hair to be shown as well as her veil, but also allowing our talented painting team to show off their skills in the minutest detail.

Click here to see her husband The Carpetmaker.

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The Carpetmaker £109.50

The Guildsmen & their Wives – The Carpetmaker

Chaucer mentions the specific Guilds in his prologue, and when we first introduced a generic Guildsman and his Wife we realised there was huge scope for us to work with each of the named Guilds allowing us an exciting choice of costume especially for the wives. As it says in the Prologue: They had the capital and revenue,/Besides their wives declared it was their due./And if they did not think so, then they ought;/To be called Madam is a glorious thought.

A Haberdasher, a Dyer, a Carpenter

A Weaver and a Carpet maker were

Among our ranks, all in the livery

Of one impressive guild fraternity

With his spirited horse and his spurs clearly in use, The Carpetmaker wears a richly patterned cobalt blue tunic with a fine, wide cuff detail. He also sports another of our favourite hats, which was designed after very brief visit to a museum in Perugia, Italy. We discovered a series of medieval tapestries there and were so inspired with new ideas that we filled up an entire sketchbook with hasty scribbles.

Each figure in the Canterbury Tales range is designed to work as a standalone figure or as part of a wider collection, but alongside the other guildsmen and their partners The Carpetmaker was conceived to pair perfectly with his Wife who you can see if you click here so there are a series of subtle decoration details that echo between the couple.

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The Reeve £109.50

The Reeve

Probably not one of the most charming characters but without doubt a good business head; once again The Reeve proves the timeless  quality in Chaucer’s writing,  every Pilgrim can still be recognised today over 600 years later.

There is wonderful detail on the Reeve, intricate stripes on his tunic that are very tricky to paint, as well as beautifully detailed keys.

The Reeve was old and choleric and thin;

His beard was shaven closely to the skin.

He kept his bins and garners very trim;

No auditors could gain a point on him.

No bailiff, serf or herdsman dared to kick,

He knew their dodges, knew their every trick.

 

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The Nun Prioress £109.50

The Nun Prioress

Our gentle little Nun Prioress is the height of Simplicity. She is shown wearing a soft cobalt blue habit and pairs up particularly well in terms of size with both the Friar or the ParsonHer pretty coral Rosary beads are carefully matched with her slippers.

The Nun prioress is the only Female religious character we have included in our range of Canterbury Pilgrims.

 

Full well she sang a service, with a fine

Intoning through her nose, as was most seemly

And she spoke dantily in French, extremely,

After the school of Stratford-atte-Bow

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The Doctor of Physic £109.50

The Doctor of Physic

No one alive could talk as well as he did,

On points of medicine and of surgery;

Yet he was rather close as to expenses

And kept the gold he won in pestilences.

Gold stimulates the heart,or so we’re told

He therefore had a special love of gold.

The Doctor is one of the best selling Pilgrims despite his tight book keeping habit.  Shown with his medicinal  leech bottle and riding a modestly harnessed horse, he wears a soft terracotta robe and a Sherwood green hood.

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The Knight £109.50

The Knight 

The Knight, together with his Squire and Yeoman, were the first three characters to join the original figure in our Canterbury Tales range – The Wife of Bath. Designed for Rye by Tony Bennett, the three new additions were enthusiastically received by our customers and it quickly became apparent that our Canterbury Tales range had a band of loyal collectors.

The noble character of the ‘parfit gentil Knight’ is well displayed both in his powerful horse and his ornately decorated cobalt tunic with rather splendid turban-style head gear.

There was a Knight, a most distinguished man,

Who from the day on which he first began

to ride abroad had followed chivalry,

Truth, honour, generousness and courtesy,

In all his life to any; comes what might;

He was a true, a perfect gentle-knight

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The Dyer’s Wife £109.50

The Guildsmen & their Wives – The Dyer’s Wife

Chaucer mentions the specific Guilds in his prologue, and when we first introduced a generic Guildsman and his Wife we realised there was huge scope for us to work with each of the named Guilds allowing us an exciting choice of costume especially for the wives. As it says in the Prologue: They had the capital and revenue,/Besides their wives declared it was their due./And if they did not think so, then they ought;/To be called Madam is a glorious thought.

The Dyer’s Wife

They had the capital and revenue

Besides their wives declared it was their due.

We have always felt that our Guildsmen’s Wives were the forerunners of’ ‘The Ladies who lunch’ and no doubt each wife was carefully scrutinised about the exact state and cost of her dress and head gear.

The Dyer’s Wife is wearing blue to match her husband, but in her case the fabric is richly paterned and her large hat and wimple is worthy of Ladies Day at Ascot.

Click here to see her husband the Dyer.

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The Dyer £109.50

The Guildsmen & their Wives – The Dyer

Chaucer mentions the specific Guilds in his prologue, and when we first introduced a generic Guildsman and his Wife we realised there was huge scope for us to work with each of the named Guilds allowing us an exciting choice of costume especially for the wives. As it says in the Prologue: They had the capital and revenue,/Besides their wives declared it was their due./And if they did not think so, then they ought;/To be called Madam is a glorious thought.

 The Dyer

Each seemed a worthy burgess, fit to grace

A guild-hall with a seat upon the dais.

As with our other guildsmen and women, The Dyer is shown wearing as many colours as possible, showing-off his dyeing prowess and skills.

His hat is a stylish turban shape in coral, trimmed with a dark brown beaver brim.

Click here to see the Dyer’s Wife in all her finery.

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The Haberdasher £109.50

The Guildsmen & their Wives – The Haberdasher

Chaucer mentions the specific Guilds in his prologue, and when we first introduced a generic Guildsman and his Wife we realised there was huge scope for us to work with each of the named Guilds allowing us an exciting choice of costume especially for the wives. As it says in the Prologue: They had the capital and revenue,/Besides their wives declared it was their due./And if they did not think so, then they ought;/To be called Madam is a glorious thought.

THE HABERDASHER

A Haberdasher, a Dyer, a Carpenter

 A Weaver and a Carpet-maker were

Among our ranks.

One of the grandest looking Guildsmen. Our Haberdasher wears a short but richly patterned tunic in terracotta, while his excellent, fashionably draped turban hat is in two shades of soft and dark brown.

Even his regal hand wave adds to the impression of his own importance!

Click here to see his equally elaborately dressed wife. 

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The Haberdasher’s Wife £109.50

The Guildsmen & their Wives – The Haberdasher’s Wife

Chaucer mentions the specific Guilds in his prologue, and when we first introduced a generic Guildsman and his Wife we realised there was huge scope for us to work with each of the named Guilds allowing us an exciting choice of costume especially for the wives. As it says in the Prologue: They had the capital and revenue,/Besides their wives declared it was their due./And if they did not think so, then they ought;/To be called Madam is a glorious thought.

THE HABERDASHER’S WIFE

To be called  Madam is a glorious thought,

And so is going to church and being seen

Having your mantle carried like a queen

Just like her husband, The Haberdasher’s Wife well knows the importance of her position in life.  Like him she, too, is very well dressed with a beaver fur trimming to the neck of her gown.

While the toning, exotic terracotta and rich brown, of both dress and hat are designed to make the couples’ wealth and social standing crystal clear to all the other Pilgrims.

To see her husband in all his finery, click here. 

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The Oxford Cleric £109.50

The Oxford Cleric

An Oxford Cleric, his horse was thinner than a rake,

And he ws not too fat, I undertake,

But had a hollow look, a sober stare;

The thread upon his overcoat was bare.

One of our personal favourites probably because of his very thin horse. The Oxford Cleric must surely be up to the minute as a debt-ridden student with all his money needed to pay for his course and his books.

Painted in a similar style to the lower clerical orders to differentiate him, we have used our soft Sherwood green for his main robe with a little earthy brown for his hood.

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The Parson £109.50

The Parson

A holy-minded man of good renown

There was, and poor, the Parson to a town.

Wide was his parish, with houses far asunder,

Yet he neglected not in rain or thunder,

In sickness, or in grief, to pay a call

On the remotest, whether great or small.

The Parson is we think, Chaucer’s most favourite character, together with his brother The Plowman he has nothing but good to say about him, remarking on his care and interest in all his parishioners whether rich or poor.

As one of the religious Pilgrims he is wearing a soft blue habit detailed with a broad leather belt and terracotta cowl.

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The Rye Pastry Cook £197.50

The Rye Pastry Cook, aka Mrs Beeton

This is a particular favourite for one of us.

The folds in the strong sculptural shape of her dress and cooking apron are beautifully emphasised by the hand-painted soft Delphinium Blue which is over-layed with a technically challenging Cobalt Stripe.

This is a clean crisp piece showing off enticing goodies in her mixing bowl and the worktop behind her, combining to provide just the right splash of additional colour.

Like all the best food, the Rye Pastry Cook is enticing yet comforting at the same time.

She is a favourite with Downton Abbey and Mrs Beeton fans alike, a charming gift for any cook.

Originally modelled by Neal French, she pairs well with The Rye Chef who you can see if you click here

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The Country Gardener £197.50

The Country Gardener

A handsome chap, The Country Gardner has a host of wonderful detail but first mention must go to the incredible brushwork that goes into the hand-painting of the wooden fence behind him.

At his feet are a set of not-terribly-carefully-balanced pots, in a rich terracotta and a generous pile of something delicious, just freshly picked – Cauliflowers or Cabbages, you decide. He’s also clutching one to his chest giving the clear sense of pride every gardener recognises when the crop comes up good after all that work, represented in his other hand in the form of his hoe. We also particularly like his textured hat and leather chaps – this is serious work come rain or shine. 

Modeled by Neal French, the Country Gardener is designed to pair perfectly with his female counterpart, The County Gardener, who you can see if you click here. Together they will serve as delicate book ends to a small number of small books, so don’t overload them!

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The Fisherman’s Tale £197.50

The Fisherman’s Tale

A fun and whimsical piece dedicated to the Fisherman’s Tale, you know the one where he met a beautiful Mermaid and she sat upon his knee…

This charming piece forms part of our Naive and Pastoral Collections and has a wealth of incredible detail. From the back of her hand mirror to the intricate fishing nets and fish at their feet there is always something to wonder at. The reverse is charming too with miniature crabs, shells and starfish, yet again showing off our incredible decorators talents.

Originally modelled by Wendy Johnson

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The County Gardener £197.50

The County or “Lady” Gardener

Well, who wouldn’t like to float about their topiary and flower beds with a straw hat, plucking blooms from their bountiful display on a lovely summer’s evening? Well we might not all be able to manage that, but you can live the life through our charming female gardening figure.

The gentle flop in her hat and the sway in her skirt are hallmarks of the celebrated Neal French who modeled her for us. With just the right amount of movement, the hand-painted decoration of skirt as ever poses a challenge to our talented decorating team who painstakingly ensure that the check pattern follows the movement of the fabric.

The flowers too are deceptively simple but through careful brushwork in soft Flamingo pink, the sense of abundant English blooms shines through.

She pairs perfectly with her male counterpart, The Country Gardener who you can see if you click here, who was also designed by Neal French.

 

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The Monk £109.50

The Monk

The Monk was therefore a good man to horse:

Greyhounds he had, as swift as birds, to course.

His prominent eyeballs never seemed to settle.

They glittered like the flames beneath a kettle:

Supple his boots, his horse in fine condition.

He was a prelate fit for exhibition.

The Monk was the first wealthy religious figure we added to the Canterbury Tales Pilgrims,  this is clearly shown by his well caparisoned horse not to mention his elegantly beautiful hunting Hounds. The Hounds are often collected by non Chaucer fans as their timeless quality allows them to fit into any interior style, so do NB that they are sold separately to the Monk himself, but you can click this link if you’d like to see more of them.

Our decorators enjoyed the introduction of the Monk as his wealth allowed us to be a little more decorative, not least on the horses tack. Once more we have used the soft shades of Cobalt blue to great advantage plus a little hunting green for his hat.

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The Chaucer Hounds £67 ea

The Chaucer Hounds

The Monk was the first wealthy religious figure we added to the Canterbury Tales Pilgrims so to help demonstrate this we decided to guild his lily and give him elegant hunting hounds.

The Hounds are often collected by non Chaucer fans as their timeless quality allows them to fit into any interior style, so do NB that they are sold separately to the Monk himself. This figure proved so popular with our Chaucer collectors that we added new colourways to this figure giving them a simple country feel for our animal collectors.

These is simple piece with a great sense of movement and wonderful little touches including the collars and even the paws.

You can see more images of the other colourways if you click here.

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The Friar £109.50

The Friar

There was a Friar, a wanton one and merry…

Who kept his tippet stuffed with pins for curls

And pocket knives to give to pretty girls

The Friar was  designed, with the Nun Prioress, very early in the range and the two have always had a serious band of collectors. He clearly was a standard type of friar and one that Chaucer knew his readers would easily recognise.

Using cobalt and green for his main colour palette  he can be seen as one of the several religious Pilgrims on his way to Canterbury.

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Nun’s Priest £109.50

The Nun’s Priest

The Host bids the Nun’s Priest to tell a story

‘Yes’ he replied, ‘Yes Host I’ll do my best,

To tell a tale to make our troubles pack.’

And he immediately began to broach

His story to us as we all rode on,

This charming priest and kindly man, Sir John.

 

The Nun’s Priest was travelling with The Nun Prioress, no doubt to ensure that her pilgrimage would all go smoothly.

As with several of the religious figures in the collection we have used our own gentle cobalt blue for his main robes, with just a touch of the terracotta and soft Sherwood green in the details of his costume.

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The Cook £109.50

The Cook

They had a Cook with them who stood alone

For boiling chicken with a marrow bone,

But what a pity – so it seemed to me,

That he should have an ulcer on his knee.

The Cook is a particularly good example of the timeless quality of Geoffrey Chaucer’s writing:  it ‘s perhaps easy to imagine today’s Health & Safety squads bearing down on him with the open running abscess on his thigh – while working in his kitchen!

Our decorators particularly enjoy painting the open sore on his leg, always making sure it is not masked by his russet apron!

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The Summoner £109.50

The Summoner

There was a Summoner, his eyes were narrow,

He was as hot and lecherous as a sparrow.

Black, scabby brows he had, and a thin beard.

Children were afraid when he appeared.

The very swarthy Summoner, the unlikely partner to the flaxen haired young Pardoner, did pose some problems over his decoration, we had to keep him within character,but also he had to be a welcome addition to the Pilgrims collection.

He has a rather frivolous green wreath around his head to offset the bristly cheeks, plus a large tan bag to carry the money he was paid,  as well as a sword and a stout stick for protection when he delivered his summonses.

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The Skipper or Shipman £109.50

The Skipper or Shipman

Many a draught of vintage, red and yellow,

He’d drawn at Bordeaux, while the trader snored.

The nicer rules of conscience he ignored.

If, when he fought, the enemy vessel sank,

He sent his prisoners home; they walked the plank.

Known to many as the Shipman, this figure is strictly nautical, albeit with an extremely unpleasant character!

We have dressed our Skipper all in Marine Blue, further establishing his authority with a two-tone hat, not forgetting his trusty blade clearly strapped across his chest.

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The Host £109.50

The Host

A very striking man our Host withal,

And fit to be a marshall in a hall.

His eyes were bright, his girth a little wide;

There is no finer burgess in Cheapside.

Bold in his speech, yet wise and full of tact,

There was no manly attribute he lacked.

The Host is given a quite different pose by our specialist ceramicist and modeller Tony Bennett. Like The Knight he is slightly a larger figure than some.

Clearly expansively pleased to have so many customers at his Tabard Inn, he is the instigator of the Canterbury Tales stories and  this is reflected in his jolly face and outstretched arms.

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The Merchant £109.50

The Merchant

This estimable Merchant so had set

His wits to work, none knew he was in debt,

He was so stately in negotiation,

Loan, bargain and commercial obligation.

This medieval Merchant in his fine hat rings many a bell amongst city characters of the 21st century. Geoffrey Chaucer proves over and over again in The Prologue to The Canterbury Tales just what a good judge of character he was.

Our Merchant is elegantly dressed as befits his supposed status; the Beaver hat placed just so on his head, and handsomely patterned green tunic all helping him to appear as a “Man of means” even if in reality he is only a “Man of straw “.

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The Franklin £109.50

The Franklin

He lived for pleasure and had always done,

For he was Epicurius’ very son,

As noted as St Julian was for bounty

He made his household free to all the County.

As Sherriff he checked audit, every entry

He was a model among landed gentry.

The Franklin, like his friends The Merchant and The Serjeant at Law, wished to be seen as rather more than he actually was.

So we have chosen him a dashing hat plus a good beard, and he’s also sporting a tunic in soft russet with richly decorative coral bands.

Together we hope our decoration helps emphasise his own sense of importance!

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The Canon’s Yeoman £109.50

The Canon’s Yeoman

The man was just as full of courtesy

His horse was also puffed and blowing

And sweated so it hardly could keep going

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The Weaver’s Wife £109.50

The Guildsmen & their Wives – The Weaver’s Wife

Chaucer mentions the specific Guilds in his prologue, and when we first introduced a generic Guildsman and his Wife we realised there was huge scope for us to work with each of the named Guilds allowing us an exciting choice of costume especially for the wives. As it says in the Prologue: They had the capital and revenue,/Besides their wives declared it was their due./And if they did not think so, then they ought;/To be called Madam is a glorious thought.

The Weaver’s Wife

They had the capital and revenue

Besides their wives declared it was their due.

We think that perhaps The Weaver’s Wife ay have been very new to Guild life as she cannot quite manage to hold her head up like the other wives, or perhaps she is being coy!

Maybe the proud look of the Weaver and his hat over awed her so she settled for a softly simple patterned blue gown and buckled belt with a demure coral wimple. The understated spirit of this figure really shows off the decorating teams’ skill, as the brush strokes emphasise the incredible detail of fabric folds of the underlying sculpture.

Click here to see The Weaver himself. 

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The Weaver £109.50

The Guildsmen & their Wives – The Weaver

Chaucer mentions the specific Guilds in his prologue, and when we first introduced a generic Guildsman and his Wife we realised there was huge scope for us to work with each of the named Guilds allowing us an exciting choice of costume especially for the wives. As it says in the Prologue: They had the capital and revenue,/Besides their wives declared it was their due./And if they did not think so, then they ought;/To be called Madam is a glorious thought.

THE WEAVER

Their wisdom would have justified a plan

To make each one of them an alderman

The Weaver was the 33rd figure in the Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales range. He is also one of the only bearded Guildsman and has not only an excellent and intricate feathered hat, but a rather dashing horse as well.

Using additional decoration on his coral over tunic we have intoduced particular detail at the neck and he is also shown wearing a cobalt under garment.

Click here to see The Weaver’s Wife. 

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The Manciple £109.50

The Manciple

All caterers might follow his example

In buying victuals; he was never rash

Whether he bought on credit or paid cash

He used to watch the market most precisely

And got in first, and so he he did quite nicely.

The Manciple is another of Chaucer’s characters who fits into the 21st century with no problem.   His life-style we hope is reflected in his costume with its terracotta decorated bands around the cuffs and patterned tunic fabric, plus his rather splendid variation on a Tam’o shanter hat.

Once more the  interest in money is made clear by the important leather pouch he carries so proudly.

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The Squire £109.50

The Squire

He knew the way to sit a horse and ride,

He could make songs and poems and recite.

Knew how to joust and dance, to draw and write

He loved so hotly that till dawn grew pale

He slept as little as the nightingale.

The Squire travelling with his father The Knight and their Yeoman, is a dashing, youthful figure on a prancing horse, no doubt his modern equivalent would be doing wheelies on his motor bike.

His flowing cape helps to establish his credentials as a Young Man going places, while his elegantly striped trousers in 2 shades of blue only add to his general dandified air.

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The Sergeant at Law £109.50

The Sergeant at Law

His fame and learning and his high position

Had won him many a robe and many a fee.

Nowhere there was so busy a man as he;

But was less busy than he seemed to be.

A member of The Inns of Court, no doubt Chaucer had had dealings with many like lawyers him, and as still happens today, had been left wondering just what The Serjeant at Law did to earn his fees!

Finding the right decoration for him was a quite a challenge, it could not be too fine as  he is not a Guildsman, so we gave him a rather jolly full length Rugby shirt using soft cobalt and Sherwood green to good effect.

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The Plowman £109.50

The Plowman

There was a Plowman with him there, his brother.

Many a load of dung one time or other

He must have carted through the morning dew.

He was an honest worker, good and true.

Chaucer really approved of both the poor Plowman and his brother The Parson, he speaks kind words of them both sure that they were the genuine article, no snide tongue in cheek comments for this pair.

To illustrate both his poverty and his life style, we have kept to terracotta and our soft russet for his tunic with no head covering at all, while his poor horse  has only the simplest of reins.

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Lady Edith or Edith Swan Neck £104.50

Lady Edith – Edith Swan Neck

Lady Edith or Edith Swan Neck as she is often called, is one of the very few women thought to be depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry or to feature in the 1066 story at all.

Our Battle of Hastings Collection has been conceived to mirror the narrative style of the Bayeux Tapestry, telling the story of one of the country’s most famous battles through a series of figures and vignettes. The palette is also tightly controlled and focuses on colours similar to those in the Tapestry itself, so comprises Chestnut Brown, Russet, soft Charcoal Grey, Dark Green, Coral and Black.

Currently numbering five different figures – the latest for 2015 is Bishop Odo, Earl of Kent and former Bishop of Bayeux – this series is still being developed with new figures in the pipeline. Her natural partner in display terms is Harold, who you can see if you click here. 

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William the Conqueror £197.50

William the Conqueror

William the Conqueror leads our 1066 Bayeux Tapestry-inspired series.

Do take a look at the incredibly intricate hand-painted detail of William’s classic Norman armour, which takes our decorators ages to learn and even longer to perfect on each piece. This is as painstaking to paint as it is to make – almost.

Our Battle of Hastings Collection has been conceived to mirror the narrative style of the Bayeux Tapestry, telling the story of one of the country’s most famous battles through a series of figures and vignettes. The palette is also tightly controlled and focuses on colours similar to those in the Tapestry itself, so comprises Chestnut Brown, Russet, soft Charcoal Grey, Dark Green, Coral and Black.

Currently numbering five different figures – the latest is Bishop Odo, Earl of Kent and Bishop of Bayeux – this series is still being developed with new figures in the pipeline. So watch this space.

 

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Duke Harold £197.50

Duke Harold

Seen here riding with his hawk, Harold is very definitely a Duke here, rather than King Harold as he later becomes. Our Battle of Hastings Collection has been conceived to mirror the narrative style of the Bayeux Tapestry, telling the story of one of the country’s most famous battles through a series of figures and vignettes.

The colour palette for this collection is tightly controlled and focuses on colours similar to those in the Tapestry itself, so comprises Chestnut Brown, Russet, soft Charcoal Grey, Dark Green, Coral and Black. The detail on the Hawk is exquisite, if we do say so ourselves.

Currently numbering five different figures – the latest is Bishop Odo, Earl of Kent and Bishop of Bayeux – this series is still being developed with new figures in the pipeline.

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Edward The Confessor & Duke Harold £252.00

Edward The Confessor & Duke Harold

This striking piece in the 1066 Bayeux Tapestry inspired series features Edward the Confessor in conversation with Duke Harold.

The scene closely resembles one of the opening images on the Bayeux Tapestry itself and features an incredible amount of hand-painted detail.

Our Battle of Hastings Collection has been conceived to mirror the narrative style of the Bayeux Tapestry, telling the story of one of the country’s most famous battles through a series of figures and vignettes. The palette is also tightly controlled and focuses on colours similar to those in the Tapestry itself, so comprises Chestnut Brown, Russet, soft Charcoal Grey, Dark Green, Coral and Black.

Now consisting five different figures – the latest is Bishop Odo, Earl of Kent and former Bishop of Bayeux –  this series is still being developed with new figures in the pipeline.

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Bishop Odo – Earl of Kent £197.50

Bishop Odo – Earl of Kent & Bishop of Bayeux

Newest in the 1066 Bayeux Tapestry Collection is Bishop Odo – former, some say tyrannical, Earl of Kent & Bishop of Bayeux, France.

Widely considered the most likely candidate to have commissioned the Tapestry, Odo was William’s half brother & a key strategist in the Battle itself. He later ruled England when William returned home to France.

The colour palette is designed to tie-in with the rest of the Series but there are decorative flourishes to add breadth & depth. In technical terms he’s one of the most complex & intricate pieces we’ve made, with almost 20 hand-made stages to bring him to life.

Odo is the 5th figure in this series & is modelled by Tony Bennett with decoration design by the Rye Design Team.

Length 17.75cm/7″  Width 5.75cm/2.25″  Height 24cm/9.25″

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Lovers – True Love £197.50

The Lovers – True Love

The name of this figure says it all really – True Love. The tenderness invoked by this piece is, we think, particularly touching.

This figure forms part of our Lovers series and is one of our most popular wedding anniversary gifts.

Having said that we’ve also seen many a doting husband or wife buy it for their other half.

Need we say more?

Originally modeled by sculptor Neal French.

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The Prince Regent £197.50

King George IV – The Prince Regent

Introducing, Rye Pottery’s Prince Regent, or ‘Prinny’ as he was known!

Originally commissioned for his beloved Brighton Pavilion, we worked closely with them to create a truly Georgian figure that captured the essence of the famous Prince Regent who went on to become King George IV.

Inspired by images from the Rowlandson cartoon, The Prince of Wales along with his secret, and then illegal, Roman Catholic wife Mrs (Maria) Fitzherbert, are two of our most characterful pieces. Click here to see the wonderful Mrs Fitz.

We’re jolly pleased to be able to celebrate this extravagant, controversial but important artistic patron who has a particular affinity with Sussex. The painted detail on this piece is wonderful and the spirit of the original cartoons and the antics of the man himself are all captured in this striking but fun tribute. Its also a fabulous reflection of the sense of humour that we hope is present in all our work.

Originally modelled by Neal French.

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Mrs Maria Fitzherbert £197.50

Mrs Maria Fitzherbert

Rye Pottery’s Mrs Maria Fitzherbert, the secret, and at the time illegal, Roman Catholic wife of the Prince Regent.

Inspired by images from the renowned Rowlandson cartoon, our figures depicting Mrs Fitzherbert and the Prince Regent were originally commissioned for the Brighton Pavilion,

These are two of our most colourful pieces and we’re particularly pleased to be able to celebrate this extravagant, controversial but important artistic patron and his partner who both have such strong connections with Sussex.

The painted detail on this piece is wonderful, not least her hair, the feathers of the decadent hat and her luxurious fur muff. The spirit of the original cartoons and reported antics of Mrs Fitz and her “Prinny” are all captured in this striking but fun tribute to one of Sussex’s most notorious couples. It’s also a fabulous reflection of the sense of humour ( we call it a lack of po face) that we hope is present in all our work.

Originally modelled by sculptor and ceramicist Neal French. Click here to see her partner the Prince Regent, who later went on to become King George IV.

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The Rye Wedding £197.50

The Rye Wedding

This is arguably the most elegant piece in our naïve series of pastoral English figures.

As the doting groom gazes at his beautiful new wife, the Bride herself seems to be allowing herself to enjoy the moment, finally basking in the glow of her big day – it really is just as she’d always pictured it.

We also love the two sweet little bridesmaids, who have the slight air of two smalls who’ve managed to behave themselves ALL the way through the ceremony and are now anticipating the promised treat or bribe.

The palette here is soft, elegant and as co-ordinated as any carefully orchestrated 21st Century. The colours featured are Rye White, Dark Green, Flamingo Pink and London Stone.

Rye is a hugely popular marriage venue these days, and rightly so in our opinion – what could be more perfect than a Rye Wedding?

Designed by Tarquin Cole & Chris O’Donoghue

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The B8m noodle bowl in Cottage Stripe £45 ea

The B8 medium is a little more substantial than our cereal/soup bowl and is designed in shape terms to sit perfectly alongside our curvy little B8 bowls.

If it was us we’d use these for pasta, or chilli, or noodles. Or as a medium-sized serving bowl, but you can of course do exactly what you’d like.

Hand-thrown &hand-painted, these all feature a clean white base glaze and are available in all eight colourways of our Cottage Stripes as well as our all white textured Tracery decoration.

Available from stock or hand-painted to order. We don’t like a hard-sell but if you want to use them as a set, we’d suggest you have them hand-painted to order at the same time to ensure they as close in size and colour-weight as we can make them.

£45 each

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The B21m cereal bowl in Cottage Stripe £32

This may be stating the obvious but this sized bowl is for eating from.

We reckon these are the perfect size for serving small amounts, or for soup, cereal, or pudding. Then again it depends how much you want to eat and whether you prefer one large bowl or are game to go for seconds.

Anyway.

Hand-thrown and hand-painted, these all feature a clean white base glaze and are available in all eight colourways of our Cottage Stripes as well as our all white textured Tracery decoration.

Click on the pics to the left to see them in more detail.

Available from stock or hand-painted to order. We don’t like a hard-sell but because they’re hand-thrown AND hand-made, if you want to use them as a set we’d suggest you have them hand-painted to order to ensure they as close in size and colour weight as we can make them.

£30 each

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Candy Stripe Little B8 Bowls £28

Another absolute Rye Pottery Classic, making a tentative comeback after popular demand. Some of you may have spotted them occasionally appearing in our shop in Rye as our talented decorating team worked on learning a new pattern (no rulers mind).

So, drum roll please, Candy Stripe is now available as a hand-painted decoration for our extremely useful little bowls. We think his delicate little stripe works particularly well on smallest size bowl.

Available in
Cobalt Blue
Flamingo Pink
Paris Green
London Stone
Coral
Black

£28 each

Available from stock or hand-painted to order. We don’t like a hard-sell but because they’re hand-thrown AND hand-made, if you want to use them as a set we’d suggest you have them hand-painted to order to ensure they as close in size and colour weight as we can make them.

 

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Atomic

Inspired by past, present & future Rye Pottery Motifs, a bold collection of 24 hand-painted kitchen & bathroom tiles.

Although having said that we like them above a feature fireplace, up the stairs, whatever takes your fancy.

Every Atomic tile is individually hand-glazed & hand-painted… So slight variations in design, shape & hand-painted colour tones are guaranteed.

Use them all or repeat any designs you want.

Shown here in Shades of Black on a White glaze and if you click on the pics on the left you’ll see them in Blue Green and Denmark Green.

152x152mmx6mm

£18 ea – £648 per square yard (inc VAT)

Please CLICK HERE for a PDF of each design and contact us if you’d like us to discuss your particular design requirements.

 

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Half

Repeat one design or use as many as you want.

A mix & match pattern for creating your own unique design.

Every “HALF” tile is individually hand-glazed & hand-decorated… So slight variations in design, shape and depth of colour & tone are guaranteed.

All designs available in Black, Blue Green, Sun Yellow & Salmon

152x152mmx6mm – £12 each (incl VAT)

Please CLICK HERE to view a PDF of each design and contact us if you’d like us to discuss your particular design requirements.

 

 

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The LB1 Table Lamp Soho Stripe in Denmark Green

The Mid-century Modern LB1 Lampbase in our new Soho Stripe decoration, hand-painted in Denmark Green. Originally designed for the White City House hotel in the BBC’s former Helios HQ in London. Sits well as a mis-matched pair with our Cascade Design in Denmark Green.

Click the pics on the left for more detail.

Large  Full Height with fittings & shade – 63cm
Ceramic Base – Height 38cm, Base width 17.5cm
Shade – Natural Linen, Maximum Wattage 60W – Height 25cm Diameter – 40cm

Medium Full Height with fittings and shade – 58cm
Ceramic Base – Height 32cm, Base width 14cm
Shade – Natural Linen, Maximum Wattage 60W – Height 24cm Diameter – 35cm

Available with or without shade. Both sizes come with aged bronze lamp holder with standard screw in E27 cap. 1.5m Vintage effect fabric cable with inline rocker switch, fitted with Black 3 amp plug. PAT tested. Please contact us if you would like to change any of the fixtures or fittings. Interiors and Trade Enquiries welcome.

Please email or call us to buy this product. UK shipping free to mainland destinations, please enquire about international shipping costs.

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The LB1 Table Lamp Cascade in Denmark Green

The LB1 Lamp base shown here in Denmark Green on a white glaze in a reworked take of our Cascade decoration. This hand-painted design works well as a mis-matched pair of table lamps with our new Soho Stripe design in Denmark Green, originally conceived for Soho House’s White City House hotel in the old BBC “Helios” building in London.

Click on the pics to the left to see more detail.

Large  Full Height with fittings & shade – 63cm
Ceramic Base – Height 38cm, Base width 17.5cm
Shade – Natural Linen, Maximum Wattage 60W – Height 25cm Diameter – 40cm

Medium Full Height with fittings and shade – 58cm
Ceramic Base – Height 32cm, Base width 14cm
Shade – Natural Linen, Maximum Wattage 60W – Height 24cm Diameter – 35cm

Available with or without shade. Both sizes come with aged bronze lamp holder with standard screw in E27 cap. 1.5m Vintage effect fabric cable with inline rocker switch, fitted with Black 3 amp plug. PAT tested. Please contact us if you would like to change any of the fixtures or fittings. Interiors and Trade Enquiries welcome.

Please email or call us to buy this product. UK shipping free to mainland destinations, please enquire about international shipping costs.

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