The designs for the mugs are created by lino cuts taken from my sketches of prominent features and famjoggers of iliar landscapes of Dartmoor. All the designs are original artwork specially created for each piece. I hope people will want to take them home as memory-their own adventures at these iconic locations and also inspire them to explore our fantastic countryside further.
I then transfer my mug sketches to a piece of lino which I cut into a relief print surface using a scalpel. Taking the first print is always an exciting moment. The sharp scalpel cuts add a clarity to the lines of the image – simplifying and decluttering it. Lines, texture and patterns emerge. Colour added by screen printing as a ceramic transfer creates mood and shape. The results create a rather retro feel to the images reflecting a genre of past ceramic design.
Our mugs are made in Stoke, where my artwork is placed in the hands of talented ceramic printers who screen print the images as ceramic transfers. We then fix and fire the ceramic transfers as glazes to the mug and tankard surfaces. This includes a layer of hardiness to the finish so that a mug will continue to provide memories through many years to come.
Art for everyday
I think of the clean ivory surface of the fine bone china mugs and tankards as a blank canvas for my artwork. I love the thought that I am creating something that is to be used; something very tangible, to be held and enjoyed. I can make individual, thoughtful artwork available to more people through a medium that is very much central to the ‘everyday”. Picking up a mug for a daily tea or coffee break, with an image from a past holiday, adventure or challenge seems a very successful way to achieve this.