3/06/2009

Good news!!!


Recently I wrote about the very sad news that Hudson and Middleton, the old and established bone china factory here in Stoke-on-Trent, had gone into administration following the demise of china production at the Wedgwood factory. The owners of the company were also suppliers of bone ash and when Wedgwood stopped manufacturing here in Britain the effect was catastrophic. I am happy to report that the former managers of Hudson and Middleton have now bought the company and the factory is open for business as usual. This is wonderful news for the ceramics industry in our region as we have seen so many job losses over recent years.

On a more personal level, it is a great relief to me that my new mug designs are going ahead. We are putting the finishing touches to the products and they will be available very shortly. I hope to do a link to the website as soon as the mugs are available.

I have three new ranges of designs, one of which is a bird series. The illustration posted here is a detail from one of four British garden bird mugs. The monitor does not pick up the true colours but the printer has done a great job and captured the colours onto the bone china. I am so relieved that the mugs will go through and even more pleased that valuable jobs have been saved.

24 comments:

  1. :) Yay for good news! I'm so pleased for you, and what a relief!

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  2. That's fantastic news Valerie! Your designs are magical and inspirational!

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  3. What great news, Valerie! Hard to imagine a world without lovely Staffordshire pottery and bone china items. Can't wait until you post a link on how to buy your new bird mugs. Hope they ship to the States!! Is there a robin one? I do have a thing about English robins. Our eldest son's name is Robin for one thing! I still think a line of cotton fabrics featuring your English bird designs would be a huge hit for quilters and home dec enthusiasts!

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  4. Such good news for us here in the Midlands. I shall pay a visit to Stoke soon to have a bit of a potter (!) and also to Trentham to the Quilts in The Garden exhibition.
    Have just looked at your books - they are so beautiful. I wondered do you work from home?

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  5. Jane, yes there is a robin one! I hope the company gets the on-line thing going soon, if you have problems with postage I would be happy to help.

    Clare, hope you enjoy your potter! Yes , I work from home from my studio a.k.a. my dining room!

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  6. That is VERY good news (on both counts). Thank you for sharing, Valerie!

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  7. Yes good news all round. I am so pleased for you, the bird range sound lovely.

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  8. Glad to hear the good news Valerie!
    Have a great weekend x

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  9. Lovely news all round - and lovely designs. We had a management buy out of our local cheese factory a few years ago and it has gone from strength to strength - Wensleydale cheese from Hawes creamery is now sold around the world.

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  10. well we could all sure use this good news. I am happy for you and your community. And bone china lovers everywhere!

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  11. Greast news, so pleased for you and them. Lovely design.

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  12. Wonderful news, Valerie! :)

    Barbara

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  13. It's great to hear good news.
    How wonderful to have your designs on pottery.
    I love the colours in this art work.x

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  14. Yesss, this is very good news, indeed.

    I am so happy that the company will continue to make English bone china. And even more delighted that your designs will be produced.

    This week, I received a "home furnishings" catalogue from our local department store Bloomingdale's, and was interested to note that amongst the sale specials featured, were a number of sets of Wedgwood china. It was not clear that the items were actual bone china, but the patterns were some that I recognized. I may have to go over to the store to do some investigating.

    Please do let us know when your birds series becomes available.

    xo

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  15. After so much bleak news, this is a happy report indeed! I can't wait to see your mug designs, and am so glad for all those who get to keep their jobs!!

    A very Happy Saturday to you! And, I love your bluebird!

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  16. Lovely Blue Tit - so glad the news was accurate - hope all goes well with the production of the mugs now. At last some good news from the Potteries:)

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  17. With all the doom and gloom in the news lately it's nice to hear that people somewhere have had a reprieve from factory closure and job loss.
    Over here it's all about the forest industry and loggers and sawmill workers laid off.
    I enjoyed my wander through your blog - gorgeous drawings, lovely colours.

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  18. Hello Valerie, I have just discovered you, your blog and your incredible work and just love it. I am now following you and wish you all the best. Tough times indeed and so worrying when one's income hangs in the balance. All the very best.

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  19. Thank you for all your very supportive comments.

    Welcome to my new visitors Pondside and Wild Somerset Child. I hope you enjoyed your visit, drop by anytime!

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  20. I really have a love of bird images. I have bird paper weights in my living room and bird images on my walls.

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  21. That is wonderful news! So glad your designs will be continuing, too! LOVELY image...love your little Blues!
    Oh...I wish you did have Red Wings...they perch in marsh areas~ landing on a reed or cattail & bouncing about! Look so cute~
    And yes, our Robins are larger...they look very different than your DEAR petite English Robins. They are beautiful and sweet. Their song is lovely...here is link to a site that will share their song & image.
    http://www.enature.com/fieldguides/detail.asp?allSpecies=y&searchText=american%20robin&curGroupID=1&lgfromWhere=&curPageNum=1
    Hope your day is wonderful! Thank you for stopping by~ :)
    Michelle

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  22. That is so wonderful! I'm so glad to hear good news in all this doom and gloom. I hope the manager-ownership brings the business on from strength to strength.

    Your design is beautiful and I wish you great success with your new mugs, Acornmoon.

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  23. How wonderful to open up a website and read only good news. Congratulations on yours and every success to you. And thanks for passing on the other.

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  24. Hello Acornmoon, I visited your wonderful country several years ago and brought home with me some beautiful bone china. I also visited Poole and brought home some of their pieces of art. I loved visiting your country. Hugs Judy

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