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A Nation of Shopkeepers, celebrating Britain’s Buildings

One Building: A choice of two NEW Limited Paintings

Penhaligons & Jamie Olivers ‘Fifteen’ Restaurant.

There are only 15 of the Jamie Oliver building…as the restaurant is called ‘Fifteen’ we could hardly offer another amount, and only 30 of the ‘Penhaligon’s’ building.  Most importantly, both these Limited Painting’s windows are painted by our (semi-retired) chief painter, Christine, as you will see, her talent for bringing shop windows to life is just amazing!  Christine feels sure that this will be her last ever painting, so if you don’t have one of her wonderful windows among your collection, this could be your last chance.

jamies websizeJamie Oliver’s 15 Restaurant
Jamie Oliver was born and brought up in Clavering, Essex, where his  parents ran “The Cricketers” pub and young Jamie used to practise cooking in the kitchen.   Success came his way when in 1997, he was spotted whilst working by a TV producer who thought Jamie’s personality would win him an audience.  That year, his first series :‘The Naked Chef’ made him a household name!
In 2002 he went on to make ‘Jamie’s Kitchen’ a series in which disadvantaged youths were trained in the restaurant business, with the promise of a job at Jamie’s new ‘Fifteen’ restaurant if they were successful.

Oliver opened his first “Fifteen” restaurant and bar in Islington, London in 2002. Jamie’s “ Fifteen” restaurants are supported by a charitable foundation of the same name, who each year provide funding for fifteen young adults who have a disadvantaged background to be trained in the restaurant business.

With our ceramic ‘Fifteen’ we pay tribute to this charitable work, (and to really yummy cooking ideas!)  ‘Fifteen is a Limited Edition of 15 ceramics, one of the smallest editions ever produced.  It is priced at £99.50 +carriage/insurance.  To order yours..  


penhaligons websizePenhaligon’s  Covent Garden
In the late 1860′s, William Henry Penhaligon came to London to establish himself as a barber.  He invented his first fragrance in 1872 and went on to develop a scent for the Duke of Marlborough.  This scent, called ‘Blenheim Bouquet’  was a favourite of Winston Churchill, and it is still produced and popular today.
The original shop was situated in Jermyn Street  This building was destroyed  in The Blitz in 1941 and the new Penhaligon’s shop, on which our ceramics is based, was opened in 1975 in Covent Garden by Sheila Pickles, with the help of the Italian film director Franco Zefferilli. Pickles drew upon the formulas left by William Penhaligon himself, and also introduced a range of traditional floral scents for women.
Below, a row of the famous Penhaligon’s bottles, with their distintive bows,

You can see these in the window of our ceramic version, beautifully painted by Christine.  The writing across the window, and the Penhaligons name are in pure gold.  We will be producing only 30 of this Limited Painting, which is priced at £99.50 +carriage/insurance
To buy your ‘Penhaligon’s…


Created by retiring Artist Doreen Bright – ‘In Stitches’

In stitchesVery 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.  prep page 1

‘”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

Doreen with the first 'In Stitches'

Doreen with the first ‘In Stitches’

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.

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