I adore Portugal, so I couldn’t be happier to have a little piece of it on my table this summer. Nisi Living are now stocking this beautiful range of summery stoneware: handmade in Portugal, the patterns bring the continental sunshine with them, with splashes of aqua blue, turquoise and yellow that will brighten any al fresco table.
From above, the Blue Lagoon range includes a jug, £42; pasta bowls, £18 each; salad bowl, £40; dinner plates, £18 each, plus mugs, cereal bowls, side plates and large platters, all available online from Nisi Living.
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.