Mug Shot January 18 2019

A new year and a new range for 2019.

We are planning to bring out some very individual mugs and jugs. They are based on our very popular  Snuggly Sheep range of cards and giftware. If this range proves successful, (which I've every confidence they will be) then we shall broaden the range to include other animal characters.

Infact we might ask our customers what they would like to see?

We have been chatting with Peregrine Pottery in Stoke on Trent and we are developing our sheep proof on the mug and jug at the moment.

The poor Snuggly Sheep characters  must have felt like they  have been in the 'sheep dip' more than a few times, as we have tried them out several times on different mugs and jugs with different effects. But they still keep smiling!

We've decided on the mug and jug  being hand painted in our soft taupe / beige background colour. This will in fact darken the creamware on the outside but by doing so making our white and black sheep stand out when placed on top of the background colour. We will then have  a hand sponged little heart in the background colour placed inside the mug and jug to compliment the creamware.

We looked at different potteries in the UK, but we settled on Peregrine Pottery for many reasons. Both Samantha and I like the earthenware or 'creamware ' handmade look  as its called and  the feel and texture of their pottery and I was most impressed by their hand sponging techniques.

Last Summer I went to visit Peregrine Pottery and was immediately welcomed by Paul  and Joanne Deakes  who own and run the pottery. Paul who used to be at Emma Bridgewater makes all the pottery and Joanne decorates it all using her sponging techniques.

All very creative and just what we like!

When our products go live, we will be doing a longer story and will interview  Paul and Joanne to discuss their wonderful process and send out pictures of our products being made at the pottery.

For now have a look at some of the wonderful designs made by Peregrine  www.peregrinepottery.co.uk and keep an eye out for our sheep mugs and jugs coming soon!

We hope everything will  be finalised and on display and we shall be taking orders when we exhibit at Spring Fair, Birmingham for the trade.  3 - 7 February 2019 .

The mugs and jugs will of course be on sale on our retail site and we are really excited about that!

If you get chance to stop by the NEC around those dates ,do come and see us.

We are in Hall 3-3A Stand No. 3J43 It is a trade show but the public are welcome if they register online. www.springfair.com