Meet the Maker: Pottery West

Meet the Maker: Pottery West

We are really excited to announce the launch of our exclusive capsule collection of ceramic tableware in collaboration with Pottery West, the ceramics studio of Catherine and Matt West, in Sheffield, England. 

Featuring a bowl, a mug and a pitcher, all with a hand-painted blue band finish, the collection marks the first in a series of partnerships with British brands who share our celebration of slow, sustainable living and love of quality materials. 

Pottery West for Piglet in Bed ceramics

“We are really excited about this collaborative project with Piglet in Bed. The hand-painted blue band is a playful take on a very classic and familiar style of pottery, and mark-making of this kind is a fresh direction for us. We’ve also used a simple tin white glaze that offers variation and texture within each piece, which I feel chimes nicely with Piglet in Bed’s natural linen - it’s all quite full of character and charm.” - Catherine West, Co-Founder of Pottery West

Pottery West making the ceramics in their Sheffield studio

Our collection of mugs, bowls and pitchers are all wheel-thrown, using a speckled stoneware and feature a blue hand-painted band. The clay body is blended by Pottery West in their studio, using a high-iron clay from Derbyshire and a very pale stoneware clay from St. Austell in Cornwall. They use traditional methods of making, including pulling the handles (as opposed to extruding). 

The pieces are fired to 1,260 degrees celsius in an electric kiln. The glaze is a simple blend using tin as the colourant and the blue stripe is hand-painted on the wheel using a clay slip pigmented with cobalt. 

Similarities in the production processes of linen and wheel thrown tableware has meant that the partnership feels like a natural extension of our existing collection of comforts for the home. Manufacturing linen and wheel-thrown tableware is a lengthy and therapeutic process that takes great skill and patience, with the end result being wonderfully unique pieces whose beauty reflect the time and effort that has gone into them. Our new ceramic tableware collection is designed to pair beautifully with our 100% French linen napkins and table linens.

Drinking a cup of coffee in one of these mugs becomes a moment to be savoured, rather than rushed. We love the slow life here at Piglet in Bed and what better way to enjoy the moment, than with these carefully crafted ceramics?

Pottery West for Piglet in Bed

Caring for your ceramics

Every piece is carefully made by hand and may slightly vary in colour and size from the images and description. We recommend that you wash your ceramics by hand when you can as regular dishwasher use may shorten their lifespan. Avoid placing in extreme hot or cold environments such as an oven or a freezer, as this could cause thermal shock and result in fragility and cracking and/or breakage.

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