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Treasurable teacups created by English artisans

These teacups really take the biscuit

Treasurable teacups created by English artisans

July 03 2010
Sibéal Pounder

Over the years I’ve managed to acquire an extensive collection of teacups by an ever-expanding list of designers; among them Zara Home’s twists on classic floral prints (from £7), Villari’s gold-plated mini teacups (from £54) and MacKenzie-Childs’ quirky Courtly Check numbers (cups from £17).

But firmly positioned at the top of my list of favourites is Welovekaoru. I discovered the brand in Luna & Curious, Brick Lane’s eclectic haven of wares from the best of London’s yet-to-be-unearthed talent (if you get a chance to stop by, I recommend Imogen Belfield’s sculpted gold rings, innovatively cast from paper and fruit). I bought Welovekaoru’s Floret teacup (pictured, £32 for cup and saucer), a delicate little number made from bone china and decorated with handmade china flowers, and treasured it for months before smashing it by accident a couple of weeks ago.

Venturing out to find a replacement from Welovekaoru’s growing collection, I learnt that the brand – created by Central St Martins graduate Kaoru Parry – works to promote and preserve traditional craftsmanship, with each design incorporating a different skill (for my Floret teacup, it was the art of hand-making china flowers), and Parry outsources production to small independent potteries and traditional artisans in England. With such a lovely back-story, Welovekaoru’s designs have more than aesthetic value for me; I doubt they will be knocked off the top spot anytime soon.

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