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Ceramics designer Denise O’Sullivan launches new range inspired by the English garden

Stoke-on-Trent ceramics designer Denise O’Sullivan has launched her new product range, English Rose Garden, a collection of statement pieces inspired by the typical English garden.

Designed and made in-house at Denise O’Sullivan Ceramics, in the heart of The Potteries, the new collection includes a bone china mug, jug and vase. These simple yet elegant forms appear to float because of the base hidden underneath. Each one is adorned with a beautiful scene of butterflies and English roses, finished with hand-painted gold, platinum and mother of pearl.

The British designer’s ethos is to produce quality, authentic ware with personal touches. Denise is proud of her Potteries heritage and is committed to designing and hand-making premier products in a city renowned for its ceramic excellence. As such, her entire range is inscribed with the backstamp ‘Made with love in Stoke-on-Trent’.

“I like to fuse together heritage skills and traditional application methods with innovative new technologies,” explained Denise O’Sullivan. “I consider myself among the new wave of designers, setting new trends and making ceramics exciting again.

“I love to produce simple forms that are well-crafted and beautifully hand-finished with love. The English Rose Garden collection features clean-cut lines and candy pink colours evocative of ceramic designs from the 1950s, by local artists such as Claris Cliff and Susie Cooper. However, the floating bases and metallic embellishments provide a contemporary edge to the design.”

O’Sullivan creates statement pieces that are functional, yet beautiful to touch and admire. The English Rose Garden collection features imagery inspired by the flow and movement of nature, butterflies and roses depicting a typical English garden. Her collections combine simple and elegant shapes with quirky and playful decoration; previous patterns include eye-catching images such as skulls, flamingos and kisses.

O’Sullivan spent her childhood surrounded by the pot banks of Stoke-on-Trent and has been a self-claimed ‘clay-head’ ever since. The ceramic artist is currently building a credible reputation, both within the industry and the greater interior design world. Last year she was commissioned by Virgin Trains to design and manufacture an exclusive sugar bowl, to be used on-board all first class travel. O’Sullivan is the only British designer to be given this honour.

Denise O’Sullivan Ceramics have exhibited at major interior design trade shows in Europe and Asia, including Maison et Object in Paris, 100% Design London, and Interior Lifestyle Japan.

The English Rose Garden collection is available to buy online from April 1, 2016 via Exclusive versions of the collection can also be commissioned.

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