A Nation of Shopkeepers, celebrating Britain’s Buildings
Presenting our brand new building, the first step in our Celebrations of Hazle Ceramics 25th Anniversary.
Why Alice in Wonderland? Firstly because it was one of Hazle’s earliest artwork inspirations— At the very beginning when Hazle first started making low relief buildings she had an exhibition at the Woodstock Museum (which paid for her first kiln!) which included ceramic versions of the Tenniel drawings which illustrated the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ book. Secondly because the 150th anniversary of this much loved and read book coincides with our 25th year.
‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ which was first published in 1865 was inspired by a boat trip which the author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) made three years earlier, with three youngsters, Lorina, Alice and Edith Liddell. As they rowed the author told the girls, including Alice then 10 years old, the story which became the basis of this famous children’s book, often said to be the first fantasy book written for children.
Lewis Carroll at first drew his own illustrations for the book, but the John Tenniel illustrations, which appeared when the book was published became iconic, and added to its quirkiness and great success.
The ‘Hazle Ceramics Tea Party Shop’ is priced at £105.50 +carriage/insurance.
We will soon be working on a new limited painting on the same building to mark the upcoming birth of our new baby Prince or Princess.
An Invitation to Grand Designs Live – Be quick and get FREE tickets
Hazle will be at Grand Designs, Excel Centre London from 2nd to the 10th of May exhibiting her Hazle-Art collection of Japanese inspired artworks,
and Nation of Shopkeepers ceramics too.
Hazle & Stephen would like to invite all our collectores to join them on stand no E80 for a natter and a cup of tea. If you visit on Sunday 3rd or Thursday 7th there will also be bubbly and nibbles.
We have 5 pairs of tickets to give away to the first five collectors to request tickest by clicking below
If you are not lucky enough to get a free pair, we will email you a link to the Grand Design site when you can buy tickets for £10 each. Plus, we will give you a discount of £10 off every ceramic you buy at the show! Email us or call us to let us know which day you have tickets for.
Located at 93, Jermyn Street, Paxton & Whitfield has been established in St James’s for over 200 years and in their present premises for over 100 years.
This quintessentially English cheesemonger, established in 1797 lays claim to supply the best Stilton in the kingdom. As Winston Churchill once famously said: “A gentleman only buys his cheese from Paxton & Whitfield”
Paxton and Whitfield were granted their first Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria, several more warrants followed, and today Paxton & Whitfield still supply cheese to our Royal Family.
Take a closer look at the beautifully hand painted window on this ceramic, the cheeses stand on their platters, just ready to be tasted, and the name and details on the fascia and windows are painted in pure gold.
Paxton and Whitefield is a limited edition of just 500 pieces. It measures 23.2cm (9 & 1/8″) tall to the top of the chimney x 10cm (4″) wide. To buy Paxton & Whitfield click here
221b’ Baker Street ‘home’ of the celebrated (fictitious -honestly!) criminal investigator, Sherlock Holmes and trusty colleague Dr. Watson. The ceramic is painted with Holmes playing the violin in the left hand upstairs window and his ‘hubble-bubble’ pipe in the right window. Mrs. Hudson’s (housekeeper) drawing room is on the ground floor. There are railings of cast metal and a metal lamp post. This is the first ceramic we have added metalwork to.
The building itself does exist – in Baker St. London and would probably have been a boarding house at the time Conan Doyle was creating Holmes – but it was not Number 221b. At present it is 221b and houses a ‘Museum’ dedicated to Sherlock Holmes ‘memorabilia’- in fact you would swear he lived there…
The Sherlock Holmes House measures 23.4cm (9 & 1/4″) tall to the top of the chimney x 9cm ( 3 & 1/2″) wide.
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Located in the High Street, Billiericay, Essex. The Chantry House was built around 1510 on the site of an earlier building erected to house the priest who served the Chantry Chapel (now St Mary Magdelen) in the 1340′s
Ship’s governor Christopher Martin, a vitualler of ships, owned the Chantry building and lived there until he sailed on the Mayflower with the Pilgrim Fathers to New England. As vitualler, he also supplied the food for the voyage. Sadly, he perished along with his wife Marie, Solomon Prower, and John Langemore shortly after their arrival at Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
The building has had many uses and changes of ownership over the years, and is currently a restaurant. On the front of our ceramic version, you will see the date of building, 1510. Drive past the real Chantry in Billericay, and you will see a different date… Local historians advise the date we use is the correct one.
The Chantry measures 16.9cm(6 & 3/4″) tall to the top of the chimney x 12.4cm (4 & 7/8″) wide.
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