A Nation of Shopkeepers, celebrating Britain’s Buildings
Presenting our NEW Limited Painting ceramic – ‘In Stitches’
Very soon we will sadly be saying farewell to one of our most talented and long serving artists – Doreen, who has decided to retire from ceramic painting. To mark her retirement she has designed a Limited Painting…Read on for more details
Doreen Bright has been an artist here for more than 15 years, and to mark her retirement, she has designed a Lovely Limited Painting called: ‘In Stitches’, a design that has great significance for her.
‘”In Stitches’ was my own shop” said Doreen, “My friend Sue & I set up the shop, in Kings Road, Brentwood, in 1979 after we both left ‘Ilford Ltd.’ where we’d worked together for ages!” In the windows of Doreen’s ceramic, there are classes going on upstairs, and a whole array of products in the downstairs window.
It was after leaving the shop, and looking for a more creative career, that Doreen started to paint for Hazle Ceramics. “I’ve always loved to paint, ever since I was a child” said Doreen, “But my head teacher at school didn’t think there was a living to be made out of painting!” Doreen’s favourite regular ceramic is The London Tavern, she’s also painted
many Tea Shops, has been the only painter of The Crooked Tea Shop and as Sherlock Holmes grows in popularity she’s been busy painting our Heritage Collection version. The ‘African Crafts’ she created for our ‘Out of Africa’ series was a Limited Edition she loved! Doreen was lucky enough to see African arts and crafts for herself when her husband worked in South Africa, so she had pictures and books ready to bring ‘African Crafts’ alive!
When Doreen was a mere 65 years old, she decided to take her degree in art…something she’d wanted to do all her life! After graduation in 2010, she formed ‘Art-est’ art group with some of her fellow students, and together they have held many successful art exhibitions in venues all across Essex. Doreen has also held a large number of solo exhibitions, as far afield as Grantham, Lincolnshire! Now she is about to retire, there will be lots more time to devote to painting her own works, a lot more exhibitions to come and more time to spend with her young grandson Archie.
We’ll miss her! Doreen’s ceramics have always been packed full of detail, sometimes so small it would take a magnifier to appreciate! ‘In Stitches’ is available to buy now. It is a Limited Painting and the certificate will be signed by Hazle and by Doreen! The first and perhaps only time one of our painters has signed their own certificate!
To order ‘In Stitches’ now, click here.
The year of the Horse began on Friday 31st January 2014
You are a horse baby if you were born in 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990,or 2002. People born in the year of the horse have ingenious communicating techniques and in their community they always want to be in the limelight. They are clever, kind to others, and like to join in a venture career. Although they sometimes talk too much, they are cheerful, perceptive, talented, earthy but stubborn. They like entertainment and large crowds. They are popular among friends, active at work and refuse to be reconciled to failure.
Famous ‘Horse People’ include Louisa May Alcott, Chopin, Davy Crockett, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Rembrandt, Teddy Roosevelt, Sir Isaac Newton, Barbara Streisand, Cindy Crawford, Harrison Ford, Jackie Chan, John Travolta, Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Rembrandt and Genghis Khan!
The Year of the Horse – Lucky Horse Restaurant is available to order now, priced at £75.95 + carriage/insurance.
As with all our Chinatown Pieces, The Lucky Horse is a Limited Paintings of just 36 Ceramics. Why 36? The edition will be numbered up to number 50, but just for fun, as the number 4 is considered to be the unluckiest number, there will be no ceramics with a number 4 – leaving just 36 available ceramics!
To order your Lucky Horse Restaurnt – The year of the horse click here
NEW Ceramic in our Chinatown Collection
Painted on our Northampton Royal Theatre
building by Carol and highlighted with 22ct gold. We see the audience gathering outside, eager to see a performance in honour of the Year of the Rooster, and a famous ‘Dan’ actress is beautifully painted in costume on the centre panel.
Chinese Opera has a history dating back to the 18th century and is highly stylised, with the performers using music, dance, mime and even acrobatics.
Rooster Years include 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and the next one will be 2017.
According to Chinese culture, those born in a ’Rooster Year’ are thought to be hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented.
The centre wording painted by Hazle, says ‘Opera House’ the symbols in the panels to left and right read ‘Rooster’ and ‘New Year’.
As with all our Chinatown Pieces, this will be a Limited Painting of 36 Ceramics, as we’ll remove all the ’4′ numbers, which by Chinese tradition are considered unlucky.
The Year of the Rooster is available to order now, and is priced at £94.95 + Carriage/insurance
To order your Chinese Opera House – The Year of the Rooster click here
What has Hazle been up to?
Busy working on her own NEW collection of Japanese artwork for her forthcoming exhibition! One piece, inspired by the Year of the Horse, is the ‘Dancing Horse’
The ‘Dancing Horse’ is a Limited Edition of just 25 Canvas prints. Each one is individually signed by Hazle, numbered on the back and comes with it’s own certificate. The Dancing Horse measures 40cm x 30cm x 30mm and is priced at £85 +carriage/insurance. To order your Dancing Horse Limited Edition Canvas click here
Below, Hazle’s studio at home, this just completed calligraphy says: Horse (of course!) This style of script is called Kaisho, and often incorporates the animal into the strokes of the script, in this case you can see how the bottom stokes of the character form the shape of the horse.
Japanese calligraphy is an art form of great style, and requires practice, practice and more practice! Each calligraphy is drawn by Hazle, so each will be very slightly different. They are drawn using authentic inks and brushes onto mulberry paper, and signed in the traditional style, with both Hazle’s name, and a seal. This seal reads: A good fortune wish – Ideal for the start of a New Year!
The Horse calligraphy comes in a neutral mount ready to frame and measures 40cm x 30cm.
To order your Horse Caligraphy click here