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I know I seem a bit obsessed with teacups at the moment but I came across these beautiful ceramics by local artist Julie Spurgeon at the weekend. Exhibiting in Annabel Dees pop up shop as part of the Leigh Art Trail, these beautiful tea sets had me captivated. I was lucky enough to chat to Julie and she told me all about the inspiration behind them – fond childhood memories of the tea making ritual, the pleats and folds in the porcelain reminiscent of things like cupcake cases.


The above pieces are from her Material Pleasures collection which are currently featured in the exhibition Teapots to Tapestries, and available to buy at Fortnum and Mason.

What to do with them??! I’ve got about 80 or so hanging around from the wedding, we used them as place settings:
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I’m definitely going to keep a healthy amount, if I’m honest I only decided to do this as it was a good excuse to buy lot’s of them -I’ve always wanted a display like the one below:
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But what to do with the rest? I was going to sell them as a job lot on Ebay but I keep coming across more and more interesting and creative things to do with them. Do I try and make something out of them to sell on? I spent a fair amount of money and quite a while finding them so it’s an attractive idea. Problem is – what to do?!
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How fantastic are these??!

Moustache Mugs

I was lucky enough to go to the Maison & Objet show in Paris just after I blogged about the ongoing trend for moustache imagery. I think I actually squealed when I saw these mugs by Peter Ibruegger!

Moustache Mugs

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And while we're on the subject of cool mugs I wanted to show you these fantastic
ones by Reiko Kaneko:

Lip & Drip Teacups

Apart from her fantastic, humorous products, the great thing about Reiko is that she firmly believes in using UK manufacturers meaning most of her products are made in England. She works closely with British companies, in particular the ceramic industry in Stoke on Trent.

Lip & Drip Mugs

       Lip & Drip Heart Mug

And then sticking with the trompe l’oeil mug theme, I also saw these ones at La Corbeille:

Teacups

   Mugs
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