A Nation of Shopkeepers, celebrating Britain’s Buildings
To Commemorate the 100th Anniverasary of the Great War
The 4th of August 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the day Britain entered one of the costliest conflicts in history – the First World War. To mark this 100th anniversary, we have decided to create a commemorative Limited Painting of just 30 ceramics.
Painted on our Great Malvern Post Office bisque, The centre window shows the date and time that Britain declared war, and beneath that the famous ‘Your Country Needs YOU’ poster dating from September 1914 and showing Lord Kitchener, the British Secretary of State for War, cleverly drawn so that the pointing finger seems to point directly at whoever looks at it – This poster is said to be Kitchener’s own idea.
Next to the poster we see two ‘Tommies’ knee deep in mud in the trenches, with a large remembrance poppy above. The poppy has been used since 1920 to commemorate soldiers who have died in war. Inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields” they were first used by the American Legion to commemorate lost American soldiers. They were then adopted by military ex-servicemen & women’s groups in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Today, they are mainly used in the UK to commemorate servicemen and women who have been killed in all conflicts since 1914.
We will be painting only 30 of our ‘Post Office 1914’ which is priced at £59.95 + carriage/insurance. To order one now -
Happy 1st Birthday Prince George
Prince George will be celebrating his first birthday (hasn’t that year flown by!) and to mark the occasion, we are launching a New Limited Painting
‘Prince George’s Birthday Shop’
painted on our Sally Lunn building, which was built in 1482 – making it the oldest building in our ceramic collection!
The windows are filled with pressies, bunting, cake and of course a birthday banner, all perfectly painted by Carol, with the lettering painted by Hazle.
For his ‘Birthday Treat’ Our baby Prince visited The Natural History Museum with his parents to see the ‘Sensational Butterflies’ Exhibition, and so our ceramic has one large butterfly on the front, and a host of tiny butterflies painted in pure 22ct gold.
There will be 66 of ‘Prince George’s Birthday Shop’ painted – the same number as our Limited Painting produced last year to celebrate our baby Prince’s birth. Why 66? It is generally argeed that the British monarchy began with Offa, and that there have been 63 monarchs since then. Prince George will be the 66th, presuming that his father and grandfather both serve before him.
Click below to order your ‘Prince George’s Birthday Shop’ or if you would prefer to reserve now and pay later, or pay in instalments call us or email us.
Featured Ceramic: The Fish & Chip Shop
For Christmas 2012, we produced a Limited Painting of Colman’s Famous Fish & Chip shop, decorated for Christmas, and ever since we have been asked for a non-Christms version, and so here it is!
The Fish and Chip Shop is based in Ocean Road, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, and has won many awards for the quality of it’s products, including the prestigious Les Routiers award which Colman’s gained in 2013. This and other awards you can see painted on walls.
The company was founded in 1905 by the Great Grandparents of the present owners, and started life as a small hut on the South Shields Foreshore.
Colman’s quickly grew, opening two more restaurants in the area, before moving into the building we have created in 1926. Later the company expanded yet again into the next door shop
We will be producing only 20 of this Limited Painting, with windows beautifully painted by Christine. The fish & Chip Shop is priced at £89.50 +carriage/insurance
To buy your ‘Fish & Chip Shop’