Making a trophy

Much of our time is spent designing and producing English bone china trophies and prizes. We offer a completely bespoke service to organisations and individuals, so designing and producing one off pieces is a very important part of our business.  The Royal Yacht Squadron celebrate their bicentenary this year and we were thrilled to be commissioned to make prizes for their Regatta in Cowes. Each piece of china – handmade in Stoke-on-Trent – was personalised with the bicentenary crest for each race. It was particularly exciting to be sent the picture of Sir Ben Ainslie presenting one of our plates to 2 of the co-owners of the classic yacht Mariquita , Jamie Matheson & John Caulcutt. Sadly, the third owner, Stephen Hemsley was not present.

I was even more delighted when we also received pictures of all the prizes on display. Over the years it seems English bone china has become unfashionable to commemorate a special event whereas glass and silverware have remained popular. I hope that we will be able to make other organisations realise the importance of these beautifully produced heritage items.

Last year we started making prizes for Exeter Racecourse and these too have proved to be successful presentation pieces. Exeter was exciting to design and produce as they have combined a traditional piece of china with a much more contemporary design. English bone china is strong and durable and will last a life-time. I like to think our china can appeal to all ages and is versatile enough for a wide spectrum of clients and it remains my ambition to put English bone china firmly back on the map and encourage others to do the same.