For every collection, our print designer Sophie Chadwick creates an array of beautiful hand-drawn prints, all inspired by Cornwall. Each print is unique to us, you won't find them anywhere else.
This month, our prints are all inspired by Cornwall’s china clay area. Discovered in the mid-18th century, the clay was used to make fine porcelain and beautiful English ceramics and the industry transformed the countryside.
Sophie lino cut this intricate scene of the harbour village of Charlestown, showing the famous tall ships and charming cottages . The port of Charlestown was built by Charles Rashleigh to serve the thriving china clay industry nearby.
This textured, abstract design was based on the bird's-eye view of the large round holding tanks at St Austell, where china clay is mined. Sophie found the forms and colours of the tanks surprisingly beautiful.
Sophie handprinted ideas for this geometric pattern using a simple construction of string wrapped around a block. It's inspired by the decorative Troika pottery that was produced in Cornwall in the 60s and 70s.
Sophie created this geometric pattern while thinking about all the different types of stamps that potters put on the base of their works to distinguish the maker.
Sophie created this textural geometric print based on the scrafitto marks she spotted on some of the pottery on display at Tate St Ives. We love the palette she's used, which brings all the colours of this collection together.
This placement print was created by our designer, Elly Janz, inspired by the 'Cornish Alps', the distinctive hills shadowing the china clay pits near St Austell.