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