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New artist at Hudsons

A Farmer’s Daughter joins forces with Fine Bone China manufacturers Hudsons of England

Last week saw a well-known local Staffordshire artist and designer, Helen Thompstone, watch her latest creation in production in the heart of the Potteries, at the Hudsons of England fine bone china factory in Longton.

Helen started her business, A Farmer’s Daughter, in 2009 producing bespoke stationery, cards and kitchen essentials after studying Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London. Awareness gathered quickly through exhibiting products and her designs have evolved due to customer feedback and demand. Her latest depictions of Meat Cuts, in a jumbo Rio shape 16fl.oz mug, and Farmyard Essentials sets are being produced in 100% fine bone china.

“We’re so pleased to have Helen on board,” explains Helen Smith of Hudsons of England. “The Meat Cuts designs have been an incredibly popular range, illustrating the various cuts of meat on different animals including beef, pork and lamb; they are educational as well as beautiful!”

A Farmer's Daughter designs are inspired by farming, food and the British Countryside, depicting simple clean images, which make Helen’s work distinct and recognisable. The working family farm in Staffordshire, where A Farmer's Daughter is based, provides the inspiration behind the ideas. The farm has transitioned over the years from a dairy farm to become meat and arable centric.

“Working with Hudsons of England is a fantastic opportunity. It is very exciting to design a bone china range that is both made and decorated in Stoke-on-Trent,” explained Helen Thompstone. “Being from Staffordshire, this is something that I have always wanted to be able to do.”

Being a real farmer's daughter, the idea of connecting people with their food has been a really important aspect of Helen Thompstone's work. Everyone is so much more conscious of where their food comes from these days that it’s quite novel knowing exactly which part of the animal your latest roast dinner came from!

The Wellies, Tractors and Wheelbarrow designs are playful portrayals of countryside essentials. Bold prints and the use of bright colours have created an eye-catching table range that looks great in a country kitchen. The sets are available as a fine bone china Kent mug, 8” plate and bowl, and are perfect for any collector or as a gift for an outdoor enthusiast.Helen Smith commented: “We have already produced well over 150 of each design with no sign of slowing.”

Hudsons has recently engaged with celebrity farmer, Gareth Wyn Jones of the BBC’s The Hill Farm fame, over Twitter who is now the proud owner of A Farmer’s Daughter collection!

A Farmer’s Daughter can be purchased online from Hudsons of England’s new website or you can visit Helen Thompstone, the Farmer’s Daughter herself at Pulse exhibition on 11-13th May at Earls Court, London.

The range is one of several new designs introduced for the 2014 collection, including a second from another local creative designer Dean Brindley, who launched the Seattle range with Hudsons and who has a truly unique concept behind the designs.

Hudsons are looking to expand by 100% over the next few years, which is excellent news for traditional craftsmanship and the local economy. New facilities and equipment are already being introduced to handle increased production plans, including a long-anticipated enamel colour spray facility, which has recently been installed.

For sales enquiries please contact helens@hudsonandmiddleton.co.uk or call 01782 319256. www.hudsonandmiddleton.co.uk




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