Jersey Pottery Offers end of line
After a relationship of more than 18 years, in 2015 Jersey Pottery announced it was no longer promoting Richard Bramble licensed designs (including the Fruits de Mer and Farmyard ranges) to the retail trade. Therefore, we are offering our remaining stock of these unrepeatable ranges at up to 40% discount, with limited availability. This creates space for Richard Bramble's exciting NEW ranges, which were launched in the spring of 2016, including new iconic Saltwater, Farmyard and Game designs. Made on the same matching porcelain and shapes to match existing pieces you may have already collected.
A brief history of the designs Richard Bramble licensed to Jersey Pottery and why they have been discontinued: Jersey Pottery based in the Channel Islands was established in 1946 and was located in Gorey Village on the east side of the island of Jersey where it had numerous kilns with the ability to manufacture and decorate earthenware plates, bowls and mugs. Richard Bramble’s fish and shellfish designs painted from his fishing and diving experiences in the sea off the Dorset coast in England and islands of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland appealed greatly to Jersey Pottery, the islanders and visitors to Jersey, highly appropriate being an island surrounded by sea with an abundance of the sames species of fish and shellfish. Jersey Pottery being close to France called the specific designs Richard Bramble had licenced to them for decoration on ceramics ‘Fruits de Mer’ the French name for fruits of the sea. Richard Bramble called the range ‘Fish & Shellfish’ to include many fish and shellfish designs not licensed to Jersey Pottery on the British mainland.
The first plates made at Jersey Pottery with Richard Bramble designs on were earthware ovals with hand painted rims. Richard Bramble had always wanted to create a range on porcelain being harder wearing than earthenware and ideal for home use, as he had already created porcelain plate designs for chef Gordon Ramsay. So Richard developed and refined his original plate designs from when he was working with the top chefs in Britain creating The Star Chefs Cook Book and with Jersey Pottery chose whiteware pieces in Limoges porcelain to create a new range on fine porcelain. Over the years the range moved onto fine Bohemia European porcelain. Bohemia is an area just outside Prague well known for its quality of porcelain and glass crystal. The move maintained the quality but kept the items affordable. Various commissions such as Jersey Tourism asking Richard Bramble to design a Jersey Royal Potato bowl to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the Jersey Royal on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands, and cheesemongers Paxton & Whitfield asking Richard Bramble to create a cheese plate range, helped support development of the Richard Bramble collection of designs on ceramics.
In 2010 the Jersey Pottery factory closed and the site in Gorey Village was sold off for development with most of their manufacturing out sourced. After a working relationship of over eighteen years due to the changing nature of Jersey Pottery as a company, which was not compatible to the way Richard Bramble worked, and the licences of his designs that Jersey Pottery used, the licences were not subsequently renewed in 2016. Richard Bramble now personally overseas all manufacturing of his designs maintaining the highest quality on the same fine European porcelain Jersey Pottery was using, allowing collectors of Richard Bramble ceramics to continue adding to their collection with matching pieces for birthdays, weddings, gift lists, dining rooms and the kitchen.