Mon, Mar 28 2011
Julia Bracewell and Karen Murray, founders of Potter Around, have now launched their own range of handpainted pottery.
Named after their home village and location of the studio, Kirknewton Pottery comprises a range of handpainted pieces.
"The launch is a key part of our strategy to grow a highly successful Scottish business employing local people and producing high quality, handpainted homeware and corporate gifts." stated Julia. "We are delighted to be able to locate the business in our home village."
The range of designs on the pieces are inspired by the landscape and scenes that surround the farm steading studio and of places that are special to Julia and Karen, as well as those memories and moments that make them smile. There are fun bright colours, softer more traditional scenes and Scottish themes with a contemporary take.
Each piece starts with a sketch. The artist hand draws and paints the piece, signs their work and paints a symbol for the time of production on the base of the piece. The earthenware is then glazed and fired. Because each piece is individually painted, it can be personalised.
"Our personalised mugs, crockery sets and piggy banks are proving highly popular with customers," comments Karen. Children's pieces include teddies, cute giraffes and woodland animals. Homeware includes flowers, animals and landscapes and of course spots and stripes. Thistles, highland cattle and puffins feature.
The business has already secured trade orders from businesses throughout the Lothians for its mugs and homewares. These should be available in selected shops from Easter. Pieces can also be viewed and bought from the Potter Around pottery painting studio and there are plans for an e-commerce website. Joan MacKenzie, formerly of Dunoon Pottery has been appointed as a Sales Agent for the business.
Julia and Karen have every confidence that their customers will love this new line of pottery - an inspiring addition to any home.
For more information visit www.kirknewtonpottery.com.