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BEHIND THE BRAND DIMBLEBY CERAMICS

Can you give an introduction to who you are and who/what your brand is and how long your brand has been around for? Is this your first Home & Gift?

Dimbleby Ceramics are a husband and wife team of Mathew and Rachel who have combined their design talents to create beautiful ceramic gifts for the home. Mathew is a skilled potter and Rachel a talented surface pattern designer. The traditions of British made pottery and the heritage of Stoke-on-Trent is very important to the company being proud to produce giftware from their Stoke-on-Trent studio using locally sourced materials and traditional techniques, focusing on the quality and finish of each product.
 
How did you start your brand? (Include where the idea come from and who/what was your inspiration, who helped you along the way etc.)
 
Dimbleby Ceramics was born in 2010 after Mathew and Rachel were both made redundant from their jobs. They both knew that they wanted to develop ceramic products, creating a range that was handmade, with the provenance of the Stoke-on-Trent back stamp and emphasis made on a high-quality finish. Inspired by Emma Bridgewater and her passion for the Potteries and her homely, humorous ceramics, Rachel and Mathew started to produce their handmade hanging hearts. Originally, the wording was stamped into the body of the clay, responding to the shabby chic trend at the time. This developed into more sophisticated lithographed wording, and currently, the pair use 22-carat gold screen-printed lithographs for the majority of their wording hearts. The couple has increased their ranges with Rachel drawing and painting a wide variety of dogs, cats, birds, countryside and farmyard animals, with the designs being used on English fine bone china mugs & coasters as well as the original hearts. 
 
What’s been your biggest highlight whilst creating your brand? Why is it you love what you do? 
 
See in the business grow year on year keeps inspiring Mathew and Rachel. Developing great relationships with their trade customers is a highlight, which is why attending Harrogate Home and Gift is so important for building those relationships as well as showcasing new products. The couple loves being ambassadors for the very much alive and thriving ceramics industry in Stoke-on-Trent, showing through their work that traditional skills are still being used on a daily basis and being passed on to the next generation.
 
 
Knowing what you do now, what advice would you give to yourself when you were first starting out? (e.g. any struggles and how you overcame them)
 
The best advice would be to keep going! Believe in your product and know that you are in this for the long haul. Large contracts will come and go, but the mainstay of the business is the wonderful gift shop owners and buyers who champion British made design-led products. Lockdown had the potential to damage the business, however, online sales have kept Dimbleby Ceramics busier than ever. Now lockdown has lifted trade sales are back and it’s all systems go!
 
Can you tell us about your new collections/ranges that you’ll be launching at Home & Gift? (include any events you’ll arrange onsite if applicable)
 
Mathew and Rachel are looking forward to showcasing their ever-growing ‘Friendship Quotation’ range, plus the brand new ‘Caravan Quotation’ range of designs. They will be promoting their Framed Tiles, new additions which look to be proving very popular already.
 
  Any personal favourites from your new collection?

After investing in a caravan last summer, camping fans Rachel and Mathew drink a daily cuppa out of their favourite fine bone china mugs bearing the wording ‘Adventure Awaits’ & ‘I just want to drink wine and sleep in my caravan’.
 
 
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