Rose - a much-loved pattern from the 19th century
||Karen Griffiths trained as a graphic designer before specialising
in ceramics at the Royal College of Art, where she took an MA in 1981.
Initially, Karen set up her pottery with the intention of producing full-sized
pots, but was lured into the world of miniatures after visiting the Dolls'
House Shop in Covent Garden.
realised that working in small scale would give her the opportunity to design
and make complete services and individual pieces, without the need for a large
factory space. A lover of variety, she began drawing inspiration from the work
of great 19th century potteries including Spode, Minton, Coalport and Derby.
design classic - the Georgian Key dinner service with 22k gold
Ware was set up in 1981 by Karen and her partner Peter Armstrong. To begin
with, this joint enterprise was run from a workshop at their home. Five years
ago they moved into a new 850sq ft studio.
'It's a real joy to have this fantastic space,' reveals Karen.
'It's only 10 minutes walk from home, and we have the luxury of French windows
leading onto a balcony - perfect for refreshing breaks.'
Initially, Stokesay Ware produced terracotta and stoneware pieces
for the kitchen, but these were soon phased out to allow the team to
concentrate on the bone china services for which they have become
Karen Griffiths of Stokesay