Stoked about Stoke!

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Stoke Visit

 

I had such an inspiring trip last month to the factory in the heart of Stoke on Trent, it felt so great to see the teams and watch my fine bone china range being hand decorated from start to finish, ready to be fired in the kilns.

 

 

These talented individuals understand the importance of both the traditional skills that go into decorating each piece and also what a difference can be made when you are truly passionate about your work!  It is a brilliant relationship to have and I am so excited about the future together as my Jo D designs and products expand!

 

(The yellow film over the mugs here burns off in the kiln, don't worry I don't think the world is quite ready for such a clashing colour combination just yet!!)

 

Stoke has long been the world capital of ceramics and to know that each and every piece is decorated, fired and finished in Britain by such caring craftsmen makes me so proud.

 

Discussing the new collections got me STOKED (excuse the pun!) for the year to come. A brand new colourway (think pinks and yellows) and perhaps a teapot or two could be on the horizon which I really hope you will love as much as I do. Watch this space as they say….

 

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Dry January

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January has got to be the strangest time of year. With the festivities of Christmas and New Year over, we then find ourselves in a month that seems fairly bland and full of 'New Year, New Me' promises.  To top it off we are all encouraged to go alcohol free for the month, after possibly drinking copious amounts during December (guilty?….. not us!)

Contrary to the above, here at Jo Deakin the hardship of a dry January is actually a delight - drinking excessive amounts of tea and coffee is an occupational hazard for us, we love nothing more than sharing a cuppa with our family, friends and colleagues.

 

We strongly feel the fog can only be lifted on these dark January mornings by the smell of coffee, triggering much needed feelings of wakefulness (pleeeease!). And it feels so good to catch up on all the Christmas news with our nearest and dearest listening to the familiar clink clink of the teaspoon being stirred against fine bone china.

 

We drink every type of tea and coffee there is, earl grey, lapsang, peppermint, black, white, loose-leafed, you name it we drink it, as long as it’s in a Jo Deakin mug naturally! We might even throw in the odd hot chocolate and with an estimated 5 million people taking part in dry January we know we aren’t alone.

So, if you’re battling your way through the month, clutching onto your new year’s resolutions take a moment to slow down and sip with us. Whether you're on your own or with friends, taking time out to have a stylish cup of what you love, can only comfort, soothe and feed the soul. You can be sure the offer of a tea or coffee to any of your loved ones this month (or anytime of the year for that matter) won’t be refused and will always help combat the January blues.

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The Ripple Collection

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Welcome to the Ripple Collection.  The names of each collection is inspired by words that evoke feelings of relaxing and unwinding.  For example, a ripple pattern in water is therapeutic to look at, just like the pattern created for this range.




This re-energising and refreshing design is bold yet elegant.  Afternoon tea or a lively coffee both go really well with this collection.  It is a great addition to any table, no matter what size the occasion.

The Ripple mug is a generous size and because of the quality of the fine bone china, it keeps drinks warm and comforting for longer.  The mug is the perfect size for the first energising cup of the day or a reviving afternoon break.

The Ripple cup and saucer is perfect for treating yourself to a special and sophisticated break.  They really suit being mixed and matched with the other colour choices in the Jo Deakin range, to add a contemporary twist to any table.

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How Jo Deakin began

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The launch of Jo Deakin....!

Welcome to Jo Deakin

I am so proud to bring you this bold and bright new range of fine bone china.  It has been a long and exciting process getting to this point of launching the four designs and colour combinations and I am so excited the moment has finally arrived and I am able to share it with you.

When it came to the design process, I firstly felt passionate about drinking from fine bone china, as I believe tea, coffee and everything in between tastes better through thin, fine china.  It also keeps the heat in for longer and therefore the enjoyment too.  I was looking for vibrancy in colour and pattern but also the chance to create a collection of home ceramics that are unique to my home and the way I like to entertain. 


I believe the Jo Deakin range is a new way to rejuvenate your spirits and embrace a quality product that has been designed with thought and care.  I am incredibly proud of the products and I believe that others care too about what their drinks taste like from fine china, look like on their tables and feel like when sharing with others.  

I really hope you like the collection, I would love to know what you think so please get in touch with your thoughts, comments and feedback.

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