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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


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