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White goodness: stunning handmade ceramics by Emma Alington

Browsing the many inspirational stands at Design Junction a few days back, I spotted Emma Alington and spoke to her about her latest collection of handmade ceramics.

After graduating in 2013 with a first-class honours degree in Ceramic Design from Central St Martins, Emma took the brave step of setting up her own business. Now working from her studio in Berkshire, England, Emma designs and creates her own ceramics collections.

Beautifully crafted, each piece is tactile and functional. Choose from cups and mugs in three sizes (tiny espresso, medium cup and larger mug) plus several sizes of carefully crafted bowls, and plates and a jug.

The china comes either in white or decorated with a shimmering gold rim, and finished with a simple black heraldic motif:

 

How to choose? I’d opt for the upmarket gold rimmed designs for celebration china (they would make ideal wedding gifts) whilst the microwave and dishwasher-proof white design is a treat to use every day.

Shop directly through Emma’s website or search for stockists; you can also contact Emma for bespoke commissions: www.emmaalington.co.uk .

 

 

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Discover beautiful fair trade gifts and more; plus an exclusive discount for Find the Details readers…

Shopping for gifts can be hit and miss, especially if you like to know the source of your finds: sometimes I feel the buyers have all ended up at the same stall at the same trade fair. So for gifts that come far from the high street, yet with traceability, don’t miss Mimosa Street. Owner Francesca sources a mix of beautifully made, fair trade furniture, home accessories and jewellery that you won’t find elsewhere. Perfect for gifts (and for yourself!) here are my favourites from the spring collection:

Mimosa Street via findthedetails.com

Arambol bench, made from mango wood with a hand-woven jute seat, above: benches are perfect for hallways, of course, but I’d also love this as part of a simple, rustic bedroom scheme. Mimosa Street vase via findthedetails.com

This delicate vase can also be suspended – I’m hoping to hang several together in a group…..

Mimosa Street Vashti dish via findthedetails.com… whilst these intricate metal Vashti trays make perfect drinks mats or unobtrusive candle holders.

Mimosa Street print via findthedetails.com

Decorate walls with this colourful stork print….

Mimosa Street safari frame, via findthedetails.com

…and capture memories in the pretty Sari frames, above, or store them away in the Polly trinket box, below.

Mimosa Street box via findthedetails.com

[All images, Mimosa Street] 

There are many more beautiful, interesting products online so please do click through to Mimosa Street to see more and to take advantage of the exclusive 15% discount for Find the Details readers: add code DETAILS15 (no minimum spend, code valid until 8 May 2014). I can’t wait. Happy shopping! Jx