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Look at this plate, it is soooo gorgeous isn't it?  It is by the talented ceramic artist Carly Dodsley. I first discovered her incredible work via her Facebook Page and immediately fell in love.  I caught up with Carly recently for a chat about her and her work:

Please can you introduce yourself and tell us a little about what you do? 
I’m Senior Designer at Royal Stafford, which is situated in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, right at the heart of The Potteries. Alongside this position, I also design my own ceramics range, which was launched in 2012 and is manufactured by Royal Stafford as part of the English Eccentrix collective. My creamware collection comprises of plates, canisters, mugs and jugs. 


Apart from your work what else do you like doing? 
My work is one of my greatest passions; I spend a lot of time designing, and discovering more about work I admire. When I’m not doing this, I drag my long-suffering husband around endless charity shops and antique centers in search of goodies to add to our horde. My quest for bargains has recently extended to metal-detecting, but that’s another story…. 


What is your favourite item currently on sale, and why? 
This is like being asked to pick a favourite child! Of course, I love all of my designs, each of which is special in its own way. (Although I’m rather fond of my new peacock plate, which features motifs from earlier work, along with my first attempt at white-line drawing on a block colour background.) 


Where does your inspiration come from? 
Great British designers of the mid-twentieth century are a constant source of inspiration for my work; I’m particularly drawn to the work of Jessie Tate, Lucienne Day and Kathie Winkle, as well as Midwinter homeware and early pieces by Terence Conran. Among modern designers, I’m very fond of the beautiful patterns created by Eloise Renouf, as well as the design ethos of Ercol furniture. Living with items by all these designers, as well as collecting and reading about their work, motivates me to produce pieces that are both visually arresting and designed for daily use. 


Describe your studio/workspace? 
My main studio is located directly above the factory floor at the Royal Overhouse Manufactory in Burslem, which is one of the last surviving Victorian potteries still in operation. The studio is filled to the rafters with ceramic samples – none of which I can stand to throw away - and there are also numerous pieces of paper pinned to the walls displaying various ideas and reminders. The workspace can feel chaotic at times, but its location in the factory means I am able to see my designs progress from the drawing board, through the printing, glazing and firing processes, to the finished article sitting in the showroom next door. It is a privilege to work in such a traditional environment, as I’ve had the good fortune to meet those who work on the factory floor and learn more about the great skill and care with which they produce my work. 


What is a typical work day for you? 
From Monday to Friday my working day starts at 8.30am, which is when I begin work on site at the factory. My primary activity for the day will be creating designs to meet any number of briefs. The company produces little work under its own Royal Stafford brand, and so much of this work is produced for well-known High Street companies, under their own labels. As a result, I also spend time each day liaising with companies, and attend weekly meetings to present work directly to clients. My own Carly Dodsley Ceramics are designed out of office hours and at weekends. I try to set aside one day at the weekend where I do not work, although this rarely happens! 

What do you love most about what you do? 
I love the idea that I’m creating something that can be both decorative and functional; something that might become part of someone else’s day-to-day living; something that helps to make a home. 

What handmade possession do you most cherish? 
A ceramic bowl I received as a wedding gift from my husband’s uncle, Dan Wright; he’s an extremely talented studio ceramicist based in St David’s. The bowl is decorated with hand-drawn designs depicting places and objects associated with my marriage. It’s beautifully crafted and very dear to me. 


If you were stranded in the wilds what item would you want with you to survive? 
Picking up on my earlier confession, I would probably want my cherished metal-detector by my side. In my experience, I tend to discover knives, forks and nails during my excursions; while these are disappointing finds most of the time, I imagine they would come in very handy in the wilds! 

Where would you like to be in ten years? 
Ceramics will always be my first love but I would like to branch out into textiles and wallpaper design. That’s the fall-back option if I fail to discover the next Staffordshire Hoard…. 

Where can we buy your work? 
My new ceramic ranges will be on sale from October at the Southbank Centre’s design store on Festival Terrace. My work can also be purchased online through the English Eccentrix website:  I have also recently designed a range of greetings cards for the Illustrated Paper Company,


In love right?  Carly's designs, to me, are so reminiscent of 50's Mid Century ceramic wear - and I personally want ALL in my kitchen.  Especially the Peacock plate above.

Carly is kindly offering one Littlegreenshed reader a chance to win the Peacock plate above - (please can I keep it!  It is so so gorgeous.)  To enter fill in the forms below, for a chance to win.  Giveaway end on Friday 20th September, good luck!


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54 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post I adore Carly's work and would love to be entered in your give away x

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  2. hello:)
    the first plate is incredible!
    the oval shape is encouraging it being overcome with him into the hand:) and charming daubs are delightful. simply beautiful.

    I am greeting!

    m

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  3. Blimey! Thats some seriously gorgeous work.

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  4. Wonderful! I collect mid century ceramics and kitchenware so my heart immediately did the wee flutter when I saw her work. Elaina xo

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  5. Love her designs, not surprising when I also love all her design inspirations, would love to win something!

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  6. Her work is amazing - thanks for introducing me to it Lou - lovely interview too x

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  7. Totally love all the bird themed ceramics, gorgeous! Lovely interview.

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  8. Oh these are gorgeous, thank you for the introduction! I love the black and white bird plate, plus the birdy jugs. x

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  9. ooh I adore this beautiful ceramic wonder!
    Bec x

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  10. gorgeous! love the peacock plate... fingers crossed! x

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  11. So funny I only recently discovered her via Eloise' s Instagram feed and now I can hopefully win one of her pieces! Yay. Great interview btw xx

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  12. wow, so amazing love theese so much , peacock plate is fab. x

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  13. The peacock plate is my favourite :)

    Hele

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  14. I love the fish on the milk jugs--they're just so much fun!

    Carly is a very talented designer--great interview, Lou!

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  15. I LOVE the peacock plate - it's stunning

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  16. What a lovely interview. I would really love to own this Peacock Plate. It's too beautiful to use, I would actually hang it on my wall- it would look so beautiful in a square open frame! These designs would all work so well on textiles and wallpaper, and even stationery! The fish would be wonderful on teatowels! I know I would buy them :)

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  17. Great giveaway Lou, and thank you so much for the intro to Carly and her work :)

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  18. I think I love the Peacock plate best of all!

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  19. Gorgeous giveaway! Those mugs are gorgeous x

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  20. A new designer for me and wow I love her work. I particularly love the plate in the middle of the post.

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  21. Wonderful designs, she is very talented I think. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  22. I really like her work, would look good in my kitchen

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  23. perfection....and makes you smile...I love them all....but the peacock has me smiling the biggest x

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  24. I would love to own those bird pitchers! Carly is unbelievably talented. Thank you so much for giving us the chance to win one of her lovely creations.

    clogzilla(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. lynsey buchanan14.9.13

    I would love to own the mugs they are so pretty

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  26. beautiful work! I love it all, especially the peacock plate, fingers crossed!!
    Thank you for a great giveaway
    xx

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  27. i love the mugs. Thanks for the interview,stunning work x

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  28. i love the fishy mugs! what fabulous work she has, thank you for sharing, lou :)

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  29. The bird jugs are my favourites, but it's a very difficult choice to make!

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  30. Those designs are gorgeous- almost to difficult to choose...but the peacock is just edging it!xx

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  31. I love Carly's work, it's so hard to choose just one piece! It's a toss-up between the Peacock plate and those fish jugs...lovely interview Lou. Rachel xx

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  32. All the designs are dreamy! love the peacock!

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  33. All the designs are dreamy! But gotta love the peacock:)

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  34. What brilliant designs! The set of birdy jugs would be my pick

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  35. It has to be the peacock plate. Beautiful!

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  36. I would love the Peacock plate so pretty!

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  37. Really enjoyed this post - thank you! I love the two birds in the tree plate best!

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  38. Definitely one of the bird jugs - they are lovely

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  39. I love the jugs - they are so cute!

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  40. Anonymous15.9.13

    I love these designs. Fingers crossed for winning that wonderful plate!

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  41. Great interview and wonderful giveaway Lou. The peacock plate is gorgeous! xx

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  42. I'd love to own the mugs :) they'd ;look great in my kitchen

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  43. I adore the fish plate that is just asking for some yummy fish & chips to be popped onto on a Friday evening

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  44. Oh my, my heart just skipped a beat. Soooooo gorgeous!! :)

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  45. Anonymous18.9.13

    Birds Yellow Large Jug is super cute. It is all fantastic!

    Sarah

    shoskinsfam at yahoo dot com

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  46. It is the peacock plate. Good job it's the one that's the giveaway. x

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  47. Very excited for this great giveaway & equally so at finding your lovely blog.

    New ceramics crush.

    Cheers!

    Emily

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  48. April Edwards18.9.13

    Lovely work! I really like the fish pitchers but everything is gorgeous. Hope I win!

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  49. Oooh I love al her stuff but the mugs are super cute, fingers and toes crossed as it's such a lovely giveaway

    Laura x

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  50. I would love to win the beautiful Peacock Plate. It would look right at home in my new house and take pride of place :). Lovely giveaway thank you x

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  51. The peacock plate is indeed darling x What a lovely blog post and giveaway x

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Hello! Thank you for leaving a comment... I love to hear from you. Have a great day! Lou x