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A NEW WASH SET

INTERNATIONAL DOLLSHOUSE NEWS 1995
Reproduced with the kind permission of the publisher.


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    The Stokesay Ware Studio has evolved from the combined creative and administrative talents of Karen Griffiths and Peter Armstrong. Karen originally trained as a graphic designer , and after a short period working in that field she went on to study three dimensional design specialising in ceramics and completed her master's degree from The Royal College of Art in 1981. One day in 1982 whilst passing through Covent Garden a chance visit to Michael Morse's shop, The Dolls House Toys Ltd, was the beginning for Karen to change her career. Four years later Karen became a full time miniature artist. Peter has had an involvement in the studio from its early days and eventually joined in a full time capacity as business administrator in 1988 following his studies and degree in Modem History.

A selection from Stokesay Ware's new wash set
A selection from Stokesay Ware's new wash set

Stokesay Ware's new wash set is the Studio's most comprehensive project to date. Comprising of over twenty related pieces it includes a wash jug and basin, a bidet based on an 1830 Wedgwood design, toothbrush box, draining sponge bowl, a slop pail with inverted lid, soap dishes, vases, bowls and a trinket tray for the dressing table. The wash set service is made with decoration in either a rose pink, Asiatic Rose, or a pale blue, Asiatic Blue. This pattern has been in almost continual production by various factories since the early 19th century, predominantly in pale blue or pink, less commonly in green. Karen has interpreted the delicate floral design for 1/12th scale and produced it in the intricate detail, a quality that has become synonymous with Stokesay Ware.

Karen made a visit to Stokesay Court in Shropshire where she observed that although this Victorian Country house was built with full plumbing the many wash sets in evidence showed her that a warm wash in the privacy of one's bedroom was still preferable to a walk down a long corridor on a cold morning.

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