A Nation of Shopkeepers, celebrating Britain’s Buildings
A New look for Two High Street Favourites
The Post Office and the Kitchen Shop
A colour so popular that every High Street boasted two or three smaller shops freshly decorated with it! As well as the new green fascia, The A board now invites us to play the lottery, and above the shop a clinic is now installed on the first floor.
The post office has been a central part of every British High Street ever since the introduction of the penny post in 1840. But these little shops are more than just stamp sellers, they also keep the shelves overflowing with all the essentials of everyday life!
This new look replaces the red painted post office, to order your Post Office with it’s smart green fascia, click here.
Now that we don’t have to produce buns and pastry to feed the family as our mothers did, many of us are re-discovering the kitchen as a place to relax, to potter about and to create anything from cup cakes to unique breads.
Our ‘Custard Corner’ is located in Sidmouth, Devon. It is a stylish corner building that has remained in the same ownership, Gliddon & Son, Ironmongers, since it was built in 1887.
The windows of this pretty corner building will be updated reguarly. Here we show decorated with Baking for Comic relief…but if you want the ‘Red Nose’ version, order now, as we are already working on the way it will look for summer.
To Order your Great British Bakery, click here.
Two NEW Chinatown Collection Ceramics
Tiger Travel – The Year of the Tiger
Painted on our Bookshop building, with bamboo decorating the walls, and in the windows we see some of the many famous sites we’d hope to visit on that holiday of a lifetime! The Forbidden City, The Great Wall, The Terracotta Army, and even a Panda peeping out at us!
Those born in a Tiger Year are said to be lively, brave and lucky! With a Tiger Year member of the family, your home will be protected against fire and burglery!
Painted by Michele, the Year of the Tiger is priced at £84.95 Tiger years include 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 & 2010
To order your Tiger Travel – The year of the Tiger. Click here.
The Silk Market – The Year of the Goat
Silk was first developed in China as long ago as 3500BC. Chinese Emperors strove to keep the manufacture of silk a secret to preserve the Chinese Monopoly, but by 140AD silk was beginning to be manufactured in India.
Silk became so desirable in Europe that the major trade routes between Europe and Asia became known as The Silk Route. DelicatelypPainted by Carol, The Year of the Goat is available to order now, and is priced at £89.95 Goat years include 1943 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991 & 2003
To order your Silk Market – The Year of the Goat. Click Here.
Scroll on down for more of our Chinatown collection, and add an Asain flavour to your personal High Street.
If you have a request for your own birth year, anniversary year, or another year special to you, email us or call us for details of when your year will be produced.
Auction House – The Year of the Rat
In 1751, The ship Geldermalen, while on its way back to the Netherlands with cargoes of Chinese goods loaded in Canton, hit a coral reef and sank in the South China Sea. The bulk of the cargo was salvaged by Captain Michael Hatcher and in 1986 sold at Christie’s in Amsterdam as the Nanking Cargo. Painted on the Paxton and Whitfield building, The Year of the rat is a Limited Painting of just 36 ceramics, and is priced at £85.95 +carriage/insurance.
To order your Auction House click here
Monkey King Tea House -The Year of the Monkey
There is an interesting story behind this painting. Buddist Monks used to train monkeys to pick the smallest, youngest leaves from the top of wild tea trees, and used them to create a special tea blend. It is said that there is one remote area where monkeys pick tea even to this day!
The Year of the Monkey is a Limited Painting of 36 ceramics, and is priced at £79.95 +carriage / insurance.
To order The Monkey King Tea House – Click here
Chinese Health Centre – The Year of the Snake
The Year of the Snake, which begins in February 2013, is a Chinese Health Centre. Painted on the Alf Roberts building which is very appropriate as this building is currently home to a Natural Health Centre! The windows are filled with Chinese remedies, and the snake curls elegantly across the building. Painted by Doreen, The year of the Snake is a Limited Painting of 36 ceramics.
Snake Years include 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1977, 1989, & 2001. Ancient Chinese wisdom says a snake in the house is a good omen because it means your family will not starve.
The year of the Snake is priced at £79.95 +carriage / insurance.
To order your Chinese Health Centre click here
The Lucky Horse Restaurant – The Year of the Horse
The Year of the Horse which follows the Year of the Snake, beginning in February 2014, is the Lucky Horse restaurant, painted on our Britain’s smallest pub building, The Nutshell. In Chinese culture, the Horse is a symbol of nobility, class, speed and perseverance. You are a horse baby is you were born in 1018, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990,or 2002.
This building is painted by Michele, who has filled the windows with evrything you might see at a chinese restaurant. Like our other Chinatown ceramics, there are only 36 of these available. The Lucky Horse Restaurant is priced at £75.95
To order a Lucky Horse Restaurant Click here
Oriental Spices – The Year of the Rabbit
If you don’t yet have this building among your collection, this could be the painting to tempt you! Especially if you are a rabbit year baby yourself! (1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, Feb to Feb approx.)
Each ceramic will have a signed certificate with more details of the Chinese Zodiac Animals.
A Limited Painting of 36 ceramics.
To Order The Year of the Rabbit – Click here
Welcome to Hazle Ceramics
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Welcome to Hazle Ceramics, creators of the Award-winning “A Nation of Shopkeepers” collectible ceramic wall plaques.
Hazle Ceramics was formed in 1990 by Hazle Boyles, who at the time designed, painted and produced all the ceramics herself. Since then the company has grown substantially, now selling its ceramics to many enthusiastic collectors worldwide.
The main collection ‘A Nation of Shopkeepers’ takes its name from the famous Napoleon quote. Hazle took the statement as a compliment to the kind of liveliness and endeavour that can be found in the British High Street, with its hotchpotch of architectural styles and bustling activity, and has produced a range of low relief miniatures that reflect many different periods of British Architecture and History: Edwardian, Victorian, Georgian, Elizabethan and Tudor.
The range has received the British Giftware Association Award for the ‘Best Collectible’ for its ‘originality and value’.
In 2004 Eric Knowles chose Hazle Ceramics as his best new discovery at the UK’s largest gift fair, he said ‘I find the Nation of Shopkeepers range charming and innovative. When I came across them I thought they were fascinating. Lots of people are doing minature buildings, but these are interesting architecturally…As a collectable I can see them lasting in their charm, and they will be contested for by future generations’
If you are looking for your own piece of British Heritage, our range has something for you, whether you are a visitor to, or fan of England, enjoy our rich architechural variety, have an interest in social history, are looking for attractive investment pieces, or simply value products still entirely made in Britain.
You are always welcome to email us: email@example.com