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Months of the Year Limited Edition Prints *still available*

by Georgia Hinchcliffe on November 15, 2016, no comments


As featured in Country Life and Countryfile magazines, there are still a few editions of John Hinchcliffe’s limited edition collection of lino prints available online. Priced at £75 each – or receive a 20% discount when buying the full collection of 12 months.

Lithographs are printed on somerset velvet paper, with hand torn edges, all prints are of archival quality.


CF_084_042-043CF page 2 articleArticle above from Countryfile Magazine, April 2014.

safe_imageJohn Hinchcliffe prints on display at The Salisbury Museum during the John Hinchcliffe Retrospective September 2015 – Feb 2016.

Available to purchase online via: www.hinchcliffeandbarber.com

or by email sales@hinchcliffeandbarber.com


Upcoming Events @ The Salisbury Museum Autumn/Winter

by Georgia Hinchcliffe on October 28, 2015, no comments

Upcoming events at The Salisbury Museum as part of the John Hinchcliffe Retrospective – The definitive works of a decorative Artist until 16th Jan.

Booking advised – museum@salisburymuseum.org.uk/ 01722 332151



Thursday October 29th 6pm-8.30pm

Rags, Rugs and Recycling – A talk by Mary Schoeser

When John Hinchcliffe co-authored Rugs from Rags in 1977, he declared that ‘we are now living in a period of re-evaluation with a practical appreciation of the importance of using our basic resources to the best advantage.’ This prophetic remark provides the basis for a discussion of the influence of Hinchcliffe’s work by Mary Schoeser. Setting his creation of rag rugs in context, the talk will also highlight key trends from the 1970s to the present day, illustrating the continued appreciation of the techniques Hinchcliffe did so much to promote in the 1970s.

Mary Schoeser is an independent curator, author and archivist and is Honorary President of the Textile Society.

The talk will commence at 7pm and is preceded at 6pm by Private View of the John Hinchcliffe exhibition in the Main Exhibition Galleries

Saturday November 7th 2.30-4.30pm
Lucy Yarwood in conversation with Wendy Barber

This is a unique opportunity to hear ceramicist Lucy Yarwood in conversation with Wendy Barber, discussing the ceramic work of John Hinchcliffe as featured in our major retrospective ‘John Hinchcliffe: The Definitive Works of a Decorative Artist’. After the discussion, there will be the chance to visit the John Hinchcliffe exhibition in the company of Lucy and Wendy, followed by tea and cake.

Wednesday November 18th 10.15am
Lino Block Printing: Three session workshop with Wendy Barber and Rachel Sargent

Artist Wendy Barber, who was Hinchcliffe’s partner and worked with him for 30 years, together with Rachel Sargent, will lead this three-session workshop in the art of lino block printing. Rachel Sargent was one of Hinchcliffe & Barber‘s studio decorators and is an established artist. Session One will look at designing the block; Session Two how to transfer design onto and cut the block; Session Three will be printing from your block. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from Wendy and Rachel’s great experience and produce your own beautiful block from which to print.

Sessions run from 10.15am – 12.45pm on Wednesday 18 November, Wednesday 25 November and Wednesday 2 December.

Thursday Dec 3rd 6pm-8.30pm
Professor Simon Olding in conversation with Wendy Barber

This is a rare opportunity to hear Wendy Barber the artist, business partner and wife of John Hinchcliffe, talk about his life, work and their work together. The discussion will be led by Professor Simon Olding, Director, Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts, and will provide a fascinating first hand insight into John Hinchcliffe’s work and inspirations. The John Hinchcliffe retrospective is on show in the Main Exhibition Galleries from 10 October 2015 until 16 January 2016 and the evening will begin with a Private View of the exhibition.

John Hinchcliffe : The definitive works of a decorative artist

by Georgia Hinchcliffe on October 19, 2015, no comments

Just over a week ago, family, friends and supporters of John Hinchcliffe and the Salisbury Museum gathered for the private view opening of my father’s exhibition. It was so wonderful to hear Professor Simon Olding speak so eloquently and authoritatively about his work, and to see (for perhaps the last time) my father’s supporters gathered in a room in appreciation of his talents and spirit. I, like my mother Wendy Barber, felt an overwhelming sense of warmth and emotion – thrilled to see so many people there who have played such a intrinsic part in their lives (and subsequently mine). What a joy too to see this carefully curated collection of work (by my mother and co-curator Jac Arnold) in one space – notably the rag rug bought by the V&A in the 70s and a short film made for the BBC in the 70s showing a young John Hinchcliffe living in Southstoke (West Sussex), weaving, talking about colour and feeding the cows to make ends meet – it gives a real sense of the creative explorations and development made by my father, the artist, craftsman and designer.

The main exhibition ‘The definitive works of a decorative artist’ runs alongside a print exhibition (upstairs) until Jan 16.

   “The Mick Jagger of the art scene”

 “The Hinchcliffe exhibition is the best curated show I believe I’ve ever seen at the museum”

 “Take your out-of-town friends to the museum before mid-January: they’ll be impressed”

To read a review of the exhibition, published in The Salisbury Journal, please click here

Artist Workshop: On November 18 & 25th and on the 2nd December, Wendy Barber together with Rachel Sargent, will lead a three session workshop on the art on lino-printing. For further information contact 01722 332151




High Summer news from the studio

by Georgia Hinchcliffe on September 9, 2015, no comments

Our Wiltshire chapel studio – you can just about glimpse the pulpit!

H&B Studio

As the end of summer approaches, things have been in full swing at H&B. Wendy has been extremely busy curating the John Hinchcliffe exhibition at the Salisbury Museum, which runs from October 10 to January 16.

JH Retrospective Poster low res

We have also been overseeing the launches of some lovely new collections of designs across ceramics and textiles (photos to follow after the trade launches) in the UK and Japan.

We were also recently interviewed by English Home Magazine for their Authentically English section on the final page of the magazine about the retrospective and our trajectory for the brand. This lovely article was the outcome. [Words Angharad Moran, photos Hinchcliffe & Barber/ MyGiftsTrade].

As the first retrospective exhibition of John Hinchcliffe’s work launches in Salisbury this October, we take a look at the legacy he left behind in the form of the family business

When artists John Hinchcliffe and Wendy Barber joined forces in 1980, their range of studio ceramics soon became hugely popular. Their traditional English country designs were sold in Harrods, Harvey Nichols and John Lewis, with production made under license in Stoke-on-Trent by Saville Pottery. However, after the couple married in 1991, they started to witness the demise in the British ceramic industry and moved to Normandy for six years before finally returning to England.

After the untimely death of John Hinchcliffe in 2010, Barber and their daughter, Georgia, are now setting the wheels in motion once again and carrying on the company name with the help of the extensive archive of designs. “We revived the brand about 18 months ago,” says Georgia. “We try to stay true to the organic way my parents started the brand. They’ve got all this beautiful work that I’ve seem them create over the years and I felt it would be a shame for it not to be produced.”

Today’s designs are still based on the Hinchcliffe & Barber originals, reflecting their perpetual appeal. “We have a huge archive and it did seem that john worked well ahead of the move and had a knack for knowing what was coming,” says Barber. “We go through the archive and decide  what our look is going to be for the forthcoming year,” Georgia adds. “we play with scale and colour; something from 1989 might look a bit garish now!”

With Hinchcliffe’s accessible designs back in the market place, this October will also see the launch of the retrospective exhibition John Hinchcliffe: the definitive works of a decorative artist, which runs from 10 October to 16 January 2016 at the Salisbury Museum in Wiltshire. “Choosing favourite pieces [to be included within the exhibition] has been hard,” says Barber. “There are one-off ceramic pieces and those that have been done for industry, as well as illustrations, paintings and prints. It covers a great deal of areas. It will put Hinchcliffe & Barber into its historical perspective.”

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It’s trade show time and our licensee MyGiftsTrade are showing our ceramic and kitchen textiles at The Autumn Fair at the NEC & next week at Top Drawer at Olympia. Our new licensee, Paul Bristow, will be launching a new collection of our designs on lovely tote bags, wash bags and cushions at Top Drawer.

Hello Japan!

Last week our new licensee in Japan launched a new collection of ceramics at their international trade show. The collection, in two colourful designs, includes sushi plates, noodle bowls and quirky stackable mugs…




Paul Bristow 

John Hinchcliffe

John Hinchcliffe Fine Prints

Hinchcliffe & Barber

The Salisbury Museum


Dyrham Park

by Georgia Hinchcliffe on July 10, 2015, one comment

It’s not often that I have a really good excuse for not having had the time to do something but we had our first child on May 2nd – born in the RUH in Bath. We’re absolutely delighted by her! Wendy becomes a grandmother for the 10th time but sadly of course my father didn’t get to meet his granddaughter. But I can already see some of him in her…as well as a lot of her own father but as yet, very little of me!

Excuses made, I want to share some photos of my lovely walk through the parkland and gardens of 17th Century Dyrham Park.

Although the building itself is undergoing pretty major conservation works (it’s completely covered in scaffolding) to replace its leaking roof, I was still struck by the splendour of the estate. With the imposing grandeur of the house hidden by a white scaffold tent, my focus was drawn to the landscape – the views across towards Bristol, the undulating parkland, woodland and the mix of wild meadow and traditional formal gardens. A particularly loved the cut grass paths through the longer grass (reminiscent of my childhood when my father used to do this in our orchards in both Normandy and Dorset).

I sat feeding the baby for a time at Old Lodge, a lovely sheltered collection of old farm buildings complete with chariots and vegetable plots (with pretty bunting flapping in the wind). I loved the old metal sign in one of the barns advertising Knight Frank’s sale of the estate for £11,641- it must have been a long time ago…

I always love visiting the church – set beautifully in the valley nestled next to the main building itself.

After strolling back up the hill to the carpark (having had my tea and flapjack) and having bought a postcard book on tile designs (full of some real gems particularly of Dyrham’s own delftware collection) I left Dyrham feeling revived and relaxed – I really very thankful that we have organisations like the National Trust preserving these great houses in their magical settings for us all to enjoy.

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New season update

by Georgia Hinchcliffe on March 10, 2015, no comments

Late Jan and February saw some exciting events at Hinchcliffe & Barber…

H&B Birds and Leaves

In February we won the Gift Association’s Gift of the Year award for our Songbird Grey ceramics – the award was presented by Sebastian Conran to our licensee MyGiftsTrade  at The Spring Fair in Birmingham. Here’s a photo of us a couple of weeks ago when in our studio in Wiltshire with the award (we look a bit cold!)
 You can read some of the press from our award here and here.

If you’re planning on visiting the Country Living Spring Fair next week at the BDC in Islington then please swing by to see the range on display at the Country Living Magazine stand.

We’ve also been working on hard on our new range of Dorset Delft ceramics to include tableware and textiles. Whilst the range is in the final stages of design, we hope it will be ready by early Summer. As it is such a pivotal design in the H&B collection, and so popular with so many people, we want to make sure we get it absolutely spot on for the current market without losing the integrity of the original 90s design. Wendy is hard at work on this and some of you may have seen the first samples that were on display at the Spring Fair. Looking ahead, we’ll be launching some new collections in the Autumn as well as expanding our Songbird Grey range.

Elsewhere, we’ve been working with a new licensee in Japan who are launching two of our designs, Summer Garden and Resist, in early Summer. H&B have successfully sold ceramics in Japan in the past and so we’re really happy to once again be launching products in this vibrant and exciting country. We’ll share some shots with you as soon as we can!


We’re delighted that H&B have been nominated for Yeo Valley’s British Business of the Month, celebrating Britain’s best homegrown business’. We’re up against some excellent brands, however, if you’d be willing to spare a few minutes to vote for us (it would make us extremely happy!) you can vote for us by clicking on the banner above or by going here.


As part of the process of my becoming more and more involved with Hinchcliffe & Barber, Wendy and I have been slowly relocating the Dorset studio to my house outside Bath. It’s quite an undertaking for Wendy who has been archiving and sorting 30 years worth of work. This ‘big move’ is gradual process but coincides with Wendy’s role curating a retrospective of my father’s work at The Salisbury Museum (beautifully placed after Turner’s Wessex). The focus of the exhibition is not only to show the breadth of his artistic career but also to consider the importance of the West Country on the work. Working with Jack Arnold and Professor Simon Olding, Wendy has the massive task of editing dad’s vast body of work but from what I’ve seen of the plans, the exhibition is going to be spectacular. More information can be found on the new John Hinchcliffe website: www.johnhinchcliffe.co.uk

We’ve also just hung an informal exhibition of the lino prints (www.johnhinchcliffefineprints.com) at the Boston Tea Party Cafe in Clifton, Bristol. You can see the prints ( & enjoy a coffee) in Bristol until mid April. Here are a few photos from the stylish venue and of the work:


Finally, here’s a roundup from our social media sites over the last month or two – including a photo of ‘Afternoon tea’ posted and styled by Country Homes & Interiors of the Songbird Grey mug and tea towel as well as a photo of an old H&B cow plate taken by a friend in Burmuda! I couldn’t leave out these delicious Hobbs House Bakery cakes on our Songbird plate, I can’t get enough of them!

We find facebook, twitter and instagram are a great way to keep in touch with everyone as well as gather & share inspiration – so please follow/ like us!


Until the next post… (and please don’t forgot to vote for us in the Yeo Valley Best of British Business’ award here – thank you).

Georgia & Wendy x

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