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We love painted teapots

Sam Bertram

8 October 2014

Everybody wants a lovely teapot and mugs and better still something original. One birthday I was given a gorgeous painted ceramic milk jug and sugar pot from a friend and I loved it.  Christmas closely followed and much to my surprise my mother in law gave me a teapot.  The surprise wasn’t that I got a teapot from my mother in law, but the fact that it was a different design yet matched perfectly with the aforementioned milk jug and sugar pot so the set was complete! Not only do I love them, as they make tea time feel that little bit more special, but they are a constant feature in our kitchen.  It’s lovely to have beautiful things in your kitchen that takes you away from the doldrums of pots and pans.  Better still when it’s something you don’t see in everyone else’s kitchen. Burbage-based Kathryn Spreadbury is an illustrator who paints ceramics in contemporary designs.  She can paint anything you wish, but every piece is unique, and uses quality Italian Pottery and specialises in teapots, mugs, bowls, egg cups, big cup and saucers and even baubles for your Christmas tree!  Her style is illustrative, figurative, colourful and abstract and she gets inspiration from her Wiltshire surroundings, which has influenced both her poppy design and a new abstract field scene.  She’s also spurred on by her love of our furry (bunnies & dogs) or feathery (chicks & owls) friends and does some very cute animal designs!  Her range isn’t fait accompli as she does take commissions and is often asked to do matching items as well as unique items with a message – she recently painted a fruit bowl for a friend’s wedding with personalised message on the bottom. Kathryn was born just outside Marlborough and always knew she wanted to be an illustrator.  She was artistic from a young age and says that some of the amazing visuals from Disney films and cartoons of her youth had a huge impact on her.  Kathryn has lived in Wiltshire most of her life going to school in Pewsey before heading off to Maidstone to study illustration at the University of Creative Arts.  It was here that she met her illustrator boyfriend Iain Cox, so their home is abuzz with creativity.  When Kathryn graduated in 2009 she won the Gold Award for new talent (a national competition) so you know the quality of her work is high. Until recently Kathryn and Iain lived in Burbage, where her studio remains, but are now in Woodborough and loving being 5 minutes from the canal and Pewsey Downs. Despite producing the most fabulous painted ceramics, Kathryn is one busy lady and fits in her painting around other jobs.   Kathryn helps out part time at the New Art Centre outside Salisbury and also works at Splash of Colour – a ceramic café in Salisbury. Prior to that she was an Art and Music teacher at Gymboree in Bromley and volunteering with The Roche Educational Trust.  Her ultimate goal is to grow her painted ceramics business so please spread the word about these fantastic presents. Wiltshire has always felt like home and as soon as she left to University in Kent she wanted to return. A home girl, her father and grandfather are a huge influence in her leap to entrepreneur.  Her grandfather started NV Spreadbury in Burbage over 91 years ago and her father now runs it.  Kathryn has an elder brother and sister, the latter living close by in Great Bedwyn.  She is loving her new home in Woodborough and has always cherished the beauty of the Wiltshire countryside as well as it’s creativity as a county where people care about Art. So when you are thinking of a unique gift for a family or friend this Christmas think of Kathryn.  Her ceramics are fabulous and good value and I can think of many people who would love her product. So please help spread the word so we can help young entrepreneurs like Kathryn succeed. Cuppa tea? www.kathrynspreadburydesigns.co.uk   

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