Flying the Flag for Great British Business with Homemade Prints, Pictures and Ceramics

Flying the Flag for Great British Business with Homemade Prints, Pictures and Ceramics

Julia Davey is a small, family-run Somerset-based company flying the flag for ‘Made in Britain’ ceramics and home accessories. Julia showcased her range of tableware and new examples of gift wrap, tea towels, and jewelry alongside eye-catching butterfly frames at the Country Living Christmas Fair last month. She is inspired by personal events, places, and objects – one day it’s flamingos at the zoo and the next a bee trapped in her garden shed. The product range is of high quality whilst still being affordable with tableware pieces from £14 and gift wrap starting at £1.50 a sheet.

“flying the flag I tend to create whatever takes my fancy from jugs to butterflies and pride myself in the process of my making – each piece goes through four firings before completion. To find itself in a customer’s hand it has gone through an arduous journey. I am a ‘one-man band’ and like to decorate each item personally from start to finish. We are hoping to increase our production with the introduction of a new fine bone china range, sourced from Stoke on Trent, which will continue to be hand-decorated by myself whilst supporting this British industry which is in rapid decline.”

Julia Davey

All Julia Davey products have been produced in Britain, sourcing British materials where possible flying the flag. As a small company consisting of only two staff, the company is pleased to announce that it is moving into new premises in the New Year to accommodate expansion and to allow for group workshops from Spring 2014. For more information visit www.juliadavey.com

grey peg is an online store with a wide range of stunning and unusual pictures for children, all made in England – pictures for children’s rooms of vintage illustrations professionally mounted and hand framed.

Launched in spring 2013 grey peg is run by sisters-in-law Kirsty and Linda. Inspired by books and pictures from their own childhoods, the pictures are fun and vibrant giclée prints of children’s illustrations from the 1930s to ’70s.

The company’s emphasis is on creating a beautiful hand-framed picture that can be treasured for years to come.

grey peg’s pictures are a perfect addition to any bedroom, playroom, or nursery that will be loved by children and grown-ups alike. They are ideal Christmas, birthday, and christening presents, or as a timeless gift to remember any special occasion. Prices range from £90 to £250 with free delivery. For more information visit www.greypeg.com

Poppy Treffry was founded in 2003 when Poppy put together a small collection of bags, cushions, and tea cozies – which were quickly snapped up by galleries and boutiques locally and across the UK.

The company now produces a much larger range of gifts and homewares, all featuring Poppy’s quirky designs and a sense of humor. All products are either handmade in England or sourced from UK manufacturers, with tea towels printed in Cornwall, ceramics made in Stoke on Trent, and printed cushions from Lincolnshire.

Cornish design company Poppy Treffry is celebrating its continuing successful relationship with the American lifestyle store chain, Anthropologie. Poppy Treffry began stocking Anthropologie with their best-selling range of tea towels in 2011 and since then they have added bespoke designs to the collection, only available in Anthropologie stores.

“We’re really pleased to be stocked by Anthropologie as their stores are beautiful and always inspiring. We already have around 25 US stockists so we’re hoping this will benefit them as well with our profile being raised over there. We’ve already had a request from Warner Brothers to use a few of our designs on set!”

Faye Treffry, Sales and Marketing Manager

Poppy Treffry will be celebrating their tenth birthday in 2014 and in that time have seen the company grow from Poppy and one singer sewing machine to a team of thirteen people and twelve sewing machines.

Products are designed and made in Cornwall and what the company can’t stitch themselves they source from other great UK companies. For more information visit www.poppytreffry.co.uk

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