Kew Gardens is one of my favourite places ever. And I was lucky enough to have a chance to work for them on a commission for 2017 Christmas. So I fell in love with the place about 2 years ago, became a member, went there regularly to draw, and at some point got the confidence to get in touch with the head buyer of the shop who trusted me and gave me a chance. Meetings, sketches, design developing followed, and I ended up designing a card and a teatowel-design what they use now for ceramics and cards too. But let me show you pictures instead of me talking 🙂
my desk during work in progress
one of the greeting card designs
working on my other design, the robins
and the first sample of the ceramics, my very own mug 🙂
And yesterday I had a chance to visit the pottery where the mugs and bowls and jugs were being made..!! Thanks to my wonderful photographer friend Eva Nemeth for making it possible for me to visit the pottery, also for taking some pictures in your mesmerising style!!!!
And about the pottery – if you have a chance, visit them too, because it’s a whole package with gardens, a cafe and a shop, you can easily spend there half a day, so much to see! And everyone is really lovely, in the pottery, in the shop, in the cafe…! Aston Pottery is a highly recommended place for a relaxing afternoon 🙂
in the workshop
the brushes they use to decorate every single piece by hand!
we were explained all the steps, it’s incredible
colour tests on plates – well, I adore even these….. 🙂
So that’s the whole process from me discovering Kew Gardens until my range of Christmas products in their shop. I am still emotional, because that’s the dream – to work for places I love and to work with small businesses like this pottery, where everything is handmade.