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Focus on Bespoke

This month we take a closer look at some of our recent bespoke projects. We work with many museum and heritage shops to create exclusive handmade ceramic giftware including the V&A Museum, Royal Academy of Arts and National Museums of Scotland to name just a few. Each item is completely unique to the retailer. We work with shop buyers to develop products, often to coincide with exhibitions or to highlight particular artworks or designs relevant to the museum or gallery.  Below are a few examples of recent bespoke projects. 

Harewood House Chinese Wallpaper Buttons

Harewood House in Yorkshire has one of the finest examples of hand painted Chinese wallpaper in the world. It’s vivid colours and rich detail still remain today despite being hung in 1769, cut down and removed from the walls in the early 19th century and then stored in an outbuilding wrapped in linen, laying untouched for another 200 years. The wallpaper now hangs in the East Bedroom of Harewood House.

To celebrate the beauty and history of the Chinese wallpaper, we created a range of ceramic buttons each featuring intricate scenes of daily life including farming, cooking, craftsmanship, trade and many other fascinating depictions.

All of the buttons are handmade in our Cornish workshop and available exclusively from Harewood House Shop.


We worked with Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum Shop to produce bespoke buttons and jewellery. Designs include iconic paintings within the galleries collection including 'Venus Verticordia' by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Spray by Harold Williamson (1898–1972). We also produced a collection of buttons and jewellery featuring Swallow and Blossom designs taken from the beautiful stained glass windows by John Thomas (1826 - 1902)

All products are available exclusively from the Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum Shop.


With spring on the way, bright floral designs are just the ticket. We really enjoyed producing a bespoke range of buttons and brooches for the Oxford Botanic Garden shop. Each item features glorious botanical illustrations from the Sheradian Library of plant taxonomy. One of the Bodleian Libraries of the Oxford University.

Posted at 2:16p.m. on 28th February 2019.