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How it’s made – Why it’s made – Where it’s made

Handmade and hand painted Blue and White tableware, tiles and decorations

How it’s made

How It's MadeUsing handmade/pored English earthenware bisque, derived from Stoke-on-Trent, our products are hand painted in our Hampshire studio, using stamps, stencils, sponges and lots of free hand painting. Once painted they are glazed and fired in the kiln to 1100°C.

As our English earthenware is made from semi-verified clay it is strong enough for everyday use and suitable for the dishwasher. All processes involved in making these unique pieces are done by hand so differences in decoration and irregularities in bisque and glaze will occur, but this all adds to the unique charm of our tableware.

 

Why it’s made

Why It's Made‘I believe it’s time for something more contemporary on the old Welsh dresser’ says Piet van den Beuken, Roelofs & Rubens’ founder, owner and designer, ‘and because of the blue and white philosophy – same blue pigments on all wares – our design ranges can be mixed and matched with each other and with the more traditional patterns we all know so well.’ It took a year to develop over thirty designs, to experiment with painting techniques, to produce stencils and stamps and to source a genuine English supplier of truly good quality English earthenware bisque and tiles. The range has grown to include tiles, hanging decorations and other items like ceramic buttons and plant markers.

Being Dutch, Ms van den Beuken admits that the much-loved Delft Blue of Holland holds a special place in her heart and has influenced her to work with the distinctive blue and white palette, whilst her original and exciting designs bring a fresh Continental look to this collection of quality English earthenware.

 

Where it’s made

Where It's MadeOn the border of Berkshire and Hampshire, the R&R studio sits in a shed in the garden, a true honest cottage industry.

Our nearest major town is Newbury and you can find us from there by joining the A343 towards Highclere/Andover and taking the exit off the A343 at the Woolton Hill sign. After Woolton Hill Junior School take the first left which leads you onto Church Road. After 1/3 mile (or so) take a sharp left through the open gates of Hollington House and follow the road which becomes a dirt road after 100 yards. At the end make a sharp turn right. There is a cluster of houses; Roelofs & Rubens is at ‘The Guernseys’; the L-shaped semi-detached on the far right.

We hold open days and always look forward to welcoming people to our studio shed.

 

Want to know more?

On this website www.roelofsrubens.co.uk you can admire our wide range of unique products. You can buy them through our web shop or if you want to meet us in person go the ‘events’ page to see where and when we are exhibiting or give us a call 01635 253671 to arrange a visit to our studio.

We also do special commissions and are always willing to make a special design, give you a quote etc. Just send us an email info@roelofsrubens.co.uk or give us a ring for more information.

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