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  • The London Design Fair

    We recently attended the London Design Fair with our sustainable partner, Blue Patch. Styled alongside ten other British brands, we showcased our latest collections, Natural Canvas and Studio Craft.

    The London Design Fair features a range of inspirational designers and brands and takes place at the Old Truman Brewery in stylish East London. From tableware to lighting and furniture, the event presents a wide variety of design in one place and is a great destination to discover the latest trends and industry movements.

    Positioned on the Blue Patch stand alongside other brands including textiles maker, Fable & Base and furniture designer, Afid Design, the Blue Patch stand reflected the quality and craftsmanship that British design has to offer. A mixture of colours and textures, it showed the real beauty and versatility of every piece being shown. Our rustic and earthy Studio Craft design was featured on Afid Design’s ‘70s styled cabinet which perfectly complemented the woody tones of the range. Natural Canvas was gathered on Studio Perki’s architectural table design capturing the natural and modern aesthetic of this pattern.

    Blue Patch specifically champion British made products that are both sustainable and economical. With our ‘zero to landfill’ promise and mission to recycle over 100,000 litres of glaze as well as 300 tonnes of packaging every year, we feel very passionate about their dedication to the environment and are proud to be a part of Blue Patch’s catalogue.

    Our Senior Designer, Nicola Wilson said "It was a great experience to be part of the Blue Patch stand at the LDF. It was interesting seeing Denby displayed in a design-orientated environment and both the Studio Craft and Natural Canvas collections came into their own displayed on the beautiful pieces of handmade furniture. "

    Find us on Blue Patch and shop our collections here.

    The London Design Fair
  • Exhibitions to See this Year

    One of our in-house designers Katy Lilley, takes us through the best exhibitions to see this year, from David Hockney’s return to the Tate Britain and Nottingham’s Earth and Fire ceramic showcase.

    David Hockney - Tate Britain - Now-29th May 2017

    Arguably the most anticipated exhibition of the year, David Hockney returns with his first major UK retrospective in thirty years. London’s biggest critics have already given the soon to be octogenarian five stars for his latest exhibition, guaranteeing Tate Britain a blockbuster show and cementing Hockney’s reputation as the UK’s greatest living artist. Despite being famous for his paintings of his LA swimming pools and his more recent Yorkshire Landscapes, there will be a diverse collection of drawings, photography, print and video on display from his six decades of his career as an artist, ever since he graduated from the Royal College of Art. Booking tickets is highly recommended after his last exhibition at the Royal Academy named ‘A Bigger Picture’ sold out. Hockney has been quoted as saying, “I want my work to be seen” and by the end of spring this celebration of a much-loved artist will have no doubt been seen and praised by many.

    Ceramic Art London - Central Saint Martins - 31st March-2nd April 2017

    This international contemporary ceramic show returns for a second year at its new home at the Granary Building, based at the university campus of Central Saint Martins, having previously been held at the RCA in South Kensington. Ceramic Art London is famous for being an opportunity to meet, talk and purchase ceramics direct from the artist, something you don’t get when buying direct from a gallery. You’ll find a mix of first time exhibitors as well as established ceramicists returning, such as Adam Frey, Kyra Cane and Chris keenan. Keen collectors get there early on the Friday morning in the hope of spotting the next Hans Copper or Lucie Rie of the future. Day tickets are £15 which includes an exhibition catalogue. With ninety ceramicists from around the world showcasing their work, there is a great temptation to buy from every stand - deep pockets are required.

    Chatsworth House – House Style – 25th March-22nd October 2017

    This new exhibition shares five centuries of fashion at Chatsworth with the public. Expertly curated by American Vogue’s Hamish Bowles and creatively directed by creative duo Patrick Kinmonth and Antonio Monfreda, the show will feature a display of fashion, jewellery, design and textiles. Telling stories of the past through livery, coronation robes and fancy-dress costumes, the exhibit promises an insight into the Cavendish family’s wardrobes. As well as presenting styles of the past, ‘House Style’ will also be showing garments from designers including Christian Dior, Gucci, Helmut Lang, Alexander McQueen and Erdem, who have all played a fashionable part in the family’s lives. Tickets are available to purchase online, and you may also want to combine a visit with an exploration of Chatsworth’s stunning 105-acre garden.

    Grayson Perry: ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever’- Serpentine Gallery – 8th June-10th September 2017

    Grayson Perry, now a household name, is famed for not only being a successful artist but more recently a television commentator. His appeal stretches across all class divides which shone through in his Bafta award winning Channel 4 series. Perry is highly eloquent, not simply in being able to talk to everyone, regardless of wealth or stature, but in his ability to listen and connect with people’s personal stories and belief. His honesty about his own upbringing and his transvestite alter ego Claire, has proven to be an inspiration for his work and previously provided tabloid gossip for the national press. Something Grayson Perry has worked to his advantage is his unpretentious manner. This new major exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery will no doubt continue to tackle social issues such as class, politics, sex and religion. Perry’s title of the exhibition ‘The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever’, has been mocked because of its boldness, but Perry has never been one to shy away from controversy and will be hoping that it proves to be a self-fulfilling prophesy.

    Earth and Fire - The Harley Gallery, Welbeck, Nottinghamshire - 23rd-25th June 2017

    A yearly highlight for the Design team here at Denby, Earth and Fire is a must for anyone that loves ceramics. It’s the North’s answer to Ceramic Art London, only with a more relaxed feel. The show has been established for over 20 years but finds itself at its new location at the Harley Gallery. Its change in location means that it has been saved from potential extinction, which is a relief to over a hundred exhibitors from the UK and Europe and the hundreds of visitors who attend to meet and purchase ceramics directly from potters. There is a wide-variety of objects for sale from sculpture to jewellery and tableware. This show has an appealing atmosphere, with ceramic demonstrations happening throughout the weekend. Entrance is £5 per person.

    Ceramic Biennial - Original Spode Site, Stoke-On-Trent – 23rd September-5th November 2017

    A biennial event since 2009, this six week festival has evolved over its short history. More recently its exhibitions and events have taken place solely at the redundant Spode factory in the town of Stoke. The festival prides itself on showcasing contemporary ceramicists from around the UK and the world. One of the largest events for the exhibitors is the awards, with one cash prize of £5k and ten prizes of £500. Previous years there has been an on-site gift shop and a nice café. A warm coat is essential when visiting, as there is no heating in the former China Hall. The finalised list of events is yet to be released, however it is hoped that the show continues to include local industries and the talented potters on its doorstep.

    Exhibitions to See this Year
  • The Exhibition Edit

    Katy Lilley from our dynamic Design team has collated our edit of the best exhibitions to visit this year. For some interior, textiles and fashion inspiration, keep reading...

    Fashioning A Reign - 90 years of style from the Queen's wardrobe. Buckingham Palace

    23th July—2nd October 2016

    An exciting opportunity to see an array of the Queen’s clothing and accessories throughout her life to celebrate her 90th Birthday. Highlights include, the Queen’s wedding gown designed by Sir Norman Hartnell. Windsor Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse will also exhibit a selection of the Queen’s outfits. See the website here for more details.

    Vogue 100: A Century of Style. Manchester Art Gallery

    24th June-30th October 2016

    After receiving rave reviews in London, the National Portrait Gallery exhibition has moved to Manchester. With free entry, it is an opportunity to see over 280 photographic prints from the world famous fashion magazine. Visit the Manchester Art Gallery here.

    Ceramic Art York. York Art Gallery

    9th September-16th November 2016

    This weekend show is the North's answer to Ceramic Art London. A relatively new show (only in its second year) is an excellent way to see some of the country's finest studio potters this autumn. Last year, the show was in the grounds of the art gallery, whilst the first floor inside the gallery has the permanent collection of fantastic British Studio ceramics, known as the 'Centre of Ceramic Art'. For more information, visit their website here.

    1920's Jazz Age Fashion and Photographs. Fashion and Textiles Museum, London

    23th September 2016-15th January 2017

    The fashion and textiles Museum in London is one of London's lesser known galleries. Quietly putting on some of the capital’s greatest fashion exhibitions, it's always a pleasure to visit, as their current exhibition 'Missoni Art Colour' is testament to this. 1920's Jazz age will no doubt follow a highly successful year for the museum to date. It aims to capture the glamour of the decade with beaded evening dresses, silk pyjamas to the iconic flapper dresses. Excess and frivolity are captured within 150 garments alongside illustrations and photographs from the era. Find more details here.

    Design Junction. Kings Cross, London

    22nd-25th September 2016

    Design Junction has been a key highlight of the London Design Festival. As it moves to a new location this year, from the old derelict Post Office location it will be interesting to see if it can retain its high style credentials. Open to both trade and the public, expect to see the latest trends within home and interior design. There are also lots of events taking place throughout the capital for London Design Week, so it’s best to do your research in order to capture all of the best shows. Visit the Design Junction website here.

    Photo credits: scotsmagazine.com, artfund.org, ftmlondon.org.

    The Exhibition Edit
  • Strawberries and Cream at Wimbledon

    Summer is upon us, and the prestigious tennis tournament, Wimbledon starts today. First introduced in July of 1877, Wimbledon initially took place at a private club recognised as the ‘All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club’. Taking place from 27th June-10th July this year, this annual tennis event welcomes the world’s best sportsmen to play for the championship title.

    Renowned tennis players from all over the world will be arriving at Wimbledon today, along with thousands of spectaculars, eager to capture a glimpse of this famous tournament. This year, Novak Djokovic will be playing to defend his Wimbledon title.

    Wimbledon now incorporates five tournaments, including men’s and women’s singles and doubles, junior singles and mixed and invitational doubles. This shows major development since the start of the competition in 1877, when the tournament only showcased men’s singles. It was in 1884 when women’s singles were introduced, and Maud Watson claimed the first women’s title. It is evident that Wimbledon has hugely progressed since 1877, however certain aspects of the tennis tournament have remained unchanged – notably the white dress code, the presence of the Royal family and strawberries and cream.

    Characteristically English, strawberries and cream have been a firm fixture at Wimbledon since its origination. It is estimated that this year’s Wimbledon tournament will devour twenty-three tonnes of strawberries and seven thousand litres of cream.

    There are a multitude of theories surrounding the presence of strawberries and cream at Wimbledon. In season at the time of the first event, strawberries were also considered to be a fashionable food during the Victorian era. Regardless of the reasons behind their initial introduction, it is clear that strawberries and cream have become symbolic of this world-famous tennis event.

    Photo credits: logonoid.com, iffleyblue.co.uk.

    Strawberries and Cream at Wimbledon
  • The London Coffee Festival

    In 2010, Allegra Events identified the growing popularity of speciality coffee, and the need for an event in London that fused creativity and coffee. Within its first year, the London Coffee Festival welcomed over 7,000 visitors and 100 exhibitors. Fast forward to this year and the event attracted 30,488 visitors searching for the perfect cup of coffee; the festival is now the largest coffee event in the world.

    Gary and Caroline from our Design team headed to The Old Truman Brewery in East London for the day to experience the festival and uncover the latest movements in coffee. Both Gary and Caroline were amazed by the theatrical theming of the event, spread over two floors, with varying moods created through live music and the staging of each exhibitor. They were also pleasantly surprised to see up-and-coming beverages such as speciality teas, juices and hot chocolates as well as experimental takes on coffee, including coffee cocktails.

    The health benefits of each beverage was also prevailing, with the presence of raw and organic ranges, an emphasis on ethical suppliers and exceeding Fairtrade initiatives. Demonstrations, tasting sessions, workshops and barista competitions were all taking place, and visitors could enjoy live music from DJs whilst they made their way around the festival. Exhibitors ensured that their products were well presented, taking on a design-led approach and guests were encouraged to touch, feel, taste and smell each and every flavour. Overall, the atmosphere was exciting and vibrant, and clearly demonstrated the modernity and continued innovation surrounding coffee.

    Next year’s event is scheduled for the 6th- 9th April 2017 at The Old Truman Brewery, London - a must-visit for all interested in music, contemporary design and coffee.

    The London Coffee Festival
  • This Friday 1st April, we are welcoming Adam Henson to the Denby Pottery Village to officially open our Walter Smith Farm Shop. Adam will be announcing the opening at 11.00am and will also be signing copies of his books after the event.

    As an enthusiastic farmer, Adam has hosted Countryfile since 2001 with his regular feature ‘Adam’s Farm’, which offers an insight into modern farming practises. With his dedication to British farming and local produce, we felt that Adam was the perfect person to introduce our Farm Shop. Adam says: “Britain has some great British manufacturing traditions such as Denby Pottery and being invited to Denby brings all my interests together. I have a strong affection for Derbyshire and I have fond memories of the county having completed a year’s work experience at the Chatsworth Estate. As a child I loved pottery and even considered potting as a career so it’s quite special to me to be opening the Denby Pottery Village Farm Shop”.

    Our Farm Shop, which is run by renowned craft butchers Walter Smith, is devoted to stocking high-quality produce ranging from cheese, olives, charcuterie, sausages, roasting joints and award-winning pies.

    Televison Presenter Adam Henson to Open our Farm Shop