I love it when I receive images of my plates on the walls, shelves or tables of customers. That they (you!) should bother to send them to me is lovely in itself, but to see my work in such stylish contexts is really special.
So this section is all about sharing examples of the best dressed walls (shelves, tables. . .) – I just provide the plates, you do all the fabulous styling and take the photographs - thank you!
Serendipity is a wonderful thing and amazingly, it has happened a few times since I started the business back in May 2014.
The most recent example, involved a message via instagram from the curator at The Exhibitionist Hotel, inviting me to have an exhibition of my plates on the walls of the lobby, restaurant and bar at this prestigious establishment.
I was beyond excited - something that was beyond my wildest dreams - and it took the best part of six months to plan, design, make and curate the show of 70 pieces (around 130 plates in total!)
It was an amazing opportunity and had an incredible response.
The first example was the restaurant, Schpoons and Forx, at the new Hilton Hotel in Bournemouth that was styled by Ted Baker.
The wonderful 'moment' occurred on a bank holiday Monday at a market in Highgate.
It was quiet and I was beginning to wonder if I would make any sales that day.
A guy, who I came to know as Peter, was hovering and asked whether I did commissions.
I said I could do but it depended on what he was after.
He told me he was working as Ted Baker's Historian and was looking for some quirky ideas to help style a new hotel that Ted was involved with.
The rest, as they say, is history.
I was commissioned to do a project for the walls of the celebrity chef, Matt Tebbut's new restaurant at the hotel and the broad, simple brief was fantastic - to make a collection of plates with the themes 'sharing' and 'cutlery'.
Another amazing moment that came my way was being commissioned to install a wall of my plates at The Cambridge Street Kitchen at the fabulous Artist Residence in London.
I was first introduced to this gorgeous hotel by Chris Billinghurst of Upcycled Hour who was running a workshop there.
I clocked it as somewhere quite quirky and then when I was taken for a birthday lunch by a friend who happens to live nearby, I thought that it could just be somewhere for my plates.
It took me a year to pluck up the courage to approach them, but my instinct was right – the owner, Justin Salisbury, immediately got back to me saying that he loved my plates and to come and meet.
The rest, once again, is history because here I am with a collection of my plates in a prime position on their café wall.
The pictures show images of the installation - assisted by my dear son Ollie who had the height to help reach the top!
What I didn't manage to capture was the lovely response of the staff, one of whom made my day when he said:
'I didn't really get decorative plates. But now I do'.