Love Barnet is thrilled to share the exciting news that one of the talented team at Number 89, Nicola Suckling, will have her work stocked by the National Gallery gift shop. Her blue and white bone china Underground Station jugs and mugs will be available there from December.
Chipping Barnet based Nicola has always loved the look of blue and white china, and a few years ago she started to experiment buying plain white porcelain from charity shops and painting it with contemporary blue designs. When she realised how keen her friends and family were she thought she’d see if I could develop these ideas further. After a lot of painting, research, and with the support of the Prince’s Trust, she began selling Nicola Suckling fine bone china in December 2013 at Greenwich Market. She now also sells at Cambridge Market and is stocked by the Prince’s Trust ‘Tomorrow’s Store’ near Liverpool Street.
All her items are made from the finest bone china. The designs begin life in her sketchbook and a chosen few are worked up into a final painted design. This is then reproduced by screen printing in three different blues, the china is hand-decorated, and fired in a kiln in Stoke-on-Trent, the home of pottery in the UK.
Nicola has been delighted with the response from customers so far and is glad to know her enthusiasm for blue and white china is so widely shared.
Worry not – Number 89 will continue to stock her items (and what’s more, our prices are better and you won’t have the travel expenses!)