Wednesday, 7 March 2012

A Treasure for my little Treasure

Meet Helen Beard. 
She is unik’s ceramicist.

Meet the Naughty, aka Ida.

Meet Mr Elephant, The Naughties trusted, loved and MOST favourite thing in the Whole Wide World.

I asked Helen to make a special Breakfast set just for Ida. Featuring The Naughty and her Mr Elephant himself.
Here is the finished product.

Here are the images I sent to Helen to inspire and direct her when making Ida's breakfast set.

Helen Beard’s distinctive pieces begin with drawings of quirky individuals and curious places, which she uses to illustrate her hand-thrown pots. 
She likes her pots to tell a story, creating whimsical scenes that capture the insignificant yet precious moments that make up our daily lives.

Every bespoke set Helen makes is individually thrown in Limoges porcelain on a potter’s wheel before being hand-painted. The pots are decorated using a technique that Helen developed to create an effect similar to watercolour and ink. Her freehand line drawing is transferred onto the pot using a form of relief print. Colour is painted over the drawing using different washes of ceramic stain, and finally the pots are dip-glazed and smoothed down ready for the final stage of firing. Each is unique – a work of art, but also a functional piece of domestic ware.

These Breakfast sets are being made exclusively for unik gifts. If you would like a Breakfast set made for a little person that you know and their treasured companion please contact
As a new Mum herself, Helen is working on new shapes to enhance the Breakfast sets. 
A beaker with handles, a lower depth bowl and a plate. 
She is also working on a non bespoke Breakfast set and Bathroom set for unik.

I LOVE this Breakfast set. Ida LOVES her Breakfast set. She recognised Mr Elephant immediately and loves having boiled eggs for Breakfast in her special little egg cup.
 Thank you Helen for making something so special. We will treasure them forever and ever. 

We currently have some of Helen's daily ware available on our website. To view Click here. 

Helen has made bespoke collections for egg Knightsbridge, Donna Karen, Wigglesworth Architects, Brighton and Hove Museum, Edinburgh Museums and Galleries Trust, London Southwark Council and Betty Davies Scottish Fashion International in Edinburgh and Hallmark UK. She has had her work showing at Fortnum and Masons, Sofa New York, Crafts Council and Collect at the V&A Museum, CAA solo focus at The Contemporary Applied Arts. She apprenticed with Edmund de Waal.

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