SmallBiz Series Part 23 | Doris & Co - A British Pottery Business

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Hello there! I have decided to start another new series on my Blog, this time focusing on small businesses. Being a blogger I am regularly put in touch with owners of small businesses and it is a really enjoyable part of being a blogger. Whether it be reviewing a product, service or finding a new company which sells fashion at an affordable price, there is often a small team of people behind it, plugging away, putting in the late nights and the early mornings trying everything to make a success out of their little business. I do feel, that as bloggers we do owe some responsibility to them as more and more of them are turning to Twitter and bloggers alike to promote themselves. Plus, I think it's fun being one of only a handful of bloggers lucky enough to discover a burgeoning business and getting to trial some of their products! Or is that just me!?  

I have found all of the business I'll be featuring on twitter, under the hashtag #smallbiz as that is where they were all hiding! To start with, I'll be featuring a couple of the small businesses I've already come into contact with, as that way I hope that a few of you will have already heard of them too!

The picture above features the 'nipper jolly useful chopping board' from Doris and Co - a wonderfully British business who are devoted to making pottery using old traditional methods and making them available for all of us to enjoy. Their aim is to serve good people good things made in England. Their shapes and designs are based on Georgian or early industrial shapes, all taken from the moment in time all homewares were made by hand. I always love finding small British businesses to share with you all and Doris and Co are no exception to this. If I can share them and perhaps promote them a bit more so you go and check them out then I will. I hope you will take a look at their site because everything is so beautiful it will be hard to resist! 

The mug on the left is known as their 'Enough Is As Good As A Feast Mug' and I absolutely love it! Retailing for £19.95 it will make the coffee/tea/hot chocolate lover in your home very happy. It matches perfectly with the 'Nipper Jolly Useful Board' and retails for £29.95 he is always ready to jump into action whenever you need him. Handsome enough to hang beside your cooker, ready to jump into Nipper Cold action as a chopping board, nibbles server and all round useful chap! You can even pop him in the oven with a round of cheese on and he comes into his own as Nipper Hot - gorgeously melting cheese all ready to be dipped into by friends and family. A real must for any kitchen! (The Christmas mug is no longer available)

Doris and Co is available to buy from their website and also a range of stockists which you can find out about online. Orders placed before 2PM are usually sent out the same day and standard delivery is with Royal Mail first class service so your order should be with you within 2 working days, costs £3.95 and allows for a shipment of up to 2 mugs. Single larger item purchases (teapots, jugs, vases, jars and dishes) will cost £8.95. 
From their creamware mugs and jugs through to their wrought iron trivets, only the finest quality raw materials are used, the most patient craftsmanship employed, as they aim to make house wares of beauty and utility, to last many lifetimes.
But it’s not just that they want make things to last in a practical sense, they hope they make things you’d want to last – for sentimental reasons – that’s why their designs are heartfelt, honest and enduring.They hope you’ll agree that there is a tactile magic to every one of our items, a tangible heritage to it and a touch of the ‘heirloom’ to it too.They love to think that one day one of our grandchildren will be sipping from their grandparents most beloved cup.

Doris was established in 2011, borne out of a nostalgia for good old-fashioned craftsmanship and the love of a good turn of phrase.  Never one to hide her light under a bushel, the aforementioned Doris has become quite a quirky character with a niche market of discerning followers of creamware.
Doris likes to think that she provides more than just a drinking vessel or a homeware product – her well-placed and well-meaning mottoes offer comfort, stoicism and sometimes a good old-fashioned kick up the behind!  The inspiration came from a small Victorian Christening mug, with its cautionary message and beautifully wrought design.
Doris is proud to be manufactured at one of the last remaining potteries in Stoke-on-Trent, with each individual mug hand-poured into the mould and all the decoration laid by hand.  Doris creamware takes time to manufacture and is made to last several lifetimes – never faddish or throwaway, Doris creamware is definitely a special gift, think of it as an heirloom or a memento.
Doris moved to Somerset in 2015 and is enjoying her life in the country – as a staunch supporter of Agas, home-cooking and the occasional gin & tonic, Doris fitted right into Somerset life and is often found baking or making soup in her kitchen.  She loves to hear from her customers and friends and is pleased to be introducing other homeware items to accompany her creamware – the story continues…

What I love most about Doris and Co is you can tell just how love goes into designing and making each and every piece they make. From the weight of the 'nipper jolly useful' chopping board which has a lovely feel about it to the little mugs which are just perfect for an afternoon cup of tea, everything has been made with tender loving care and this carries through to you upon first use.

Love, Sarah

*Featuring photography by Laura Haley Photography 
*Products sent by Doris and Co for this review and my Christmas Gift Guides. 

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