A love of old lustre ware inspired us to make it anew.
Lustre decorated pottery is part of our heritage. It is as at-home on the dresser or mantelshelf as Staffordshire spaniels. The colourful arrangement of mottoes, poems, images and dedications brings charm and character to any room – and smiles to the faces of those who receive them.
Some of the designs we produce are based on C19 originals, while others are our own. They all continue the Sunderland lustre tradition of celebrating popular art and folk culture, social, local and political history, community, customs and – most of all – love.
They tell us stories about who we are, what we value, and who we cherish, both in our own lives and collectively. They connect us to those who went before us, from the alchemists of the Persian cradle of lustre ceramic decoration a thousand years ago, through the English potters of the industrial revolution cheering on Jack Tar and Reform, to the artist-collectors of the mid-twentieth century who recognised them for the treasure they are.
And they connect us to those we give them to, whether as rallying cries or tokens of affection. Personalised with names and dates they are a thoughtful and joyous way to celebrate special occasions and relationships. Filled with flowers they make the heart sing.
Made from earthenware, here in the UK, our pots are slip cast, press molded and hand decorated in ways little changed over the centuries, while their firing with green electricity makes them modern.
If you are visiting Lewes, we are stocked at the Tom Paine Printing Press and Gallery on the High Street.
We hope our pots make you happy!
Greetings from Sussex
Richard and Gloria
What our customers say
(with many thanks to them for such kind words)
Lotte’s jug has just arrived. I am so thrilled with it, thank you so much!! It is very special thanks to your thoughtfulness and attention.
JM, October 2019
Mug has arrived! Thank you so much for making this for me; I’m thrilled to bits with it!
AG, August 2019
I’ve just received the cup. It’s absolutely beautiful! I LOVE it!
CH, July 2019
I just wanted to let you know that my sister was absolutely delighted with the jug that we presented her at her birthday party. She gasped in recognition when she saw the label on the box but said afterwards she didn’t dare believe what would be inside!
The jug now has pride of place on her kitchen windowsill, filled with garden flowers. So, thank you – from her and from me. She loves it!
CC, June 2019
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