Its tree-decorating time! Treat yourself to an extra special decoration this year from Angel Ceramics (available to buy from the National Trust), founded in 2008 by husband and wife team Becky and Michael. From their Devonshire studio, they hand-make porcelain robins, angels, snowflakes and more, all beautifully finished with a festive red ribbon. Becky tells us more…
How did your business come about?
It started with a porcelain heart necklace I’d made and worn to my son’s school. I had multiple orders as a result, which gave me the confidence to expand and create other products.
What makes your decorations unique?
Each one is made from scratch. We roll, cut, decorate and glaze all by hand, giving all our attention to the detail. It may sound cheesy, but every piece is made with love. All our clay and glazes are sourced locally wherever possible, too.
What inspires you?
So many things! As well as our local surroundings, it would be the ceaseless support that I’ve had from my family. Setting up any business from scratch is hard and I know I couldn’t have achieved this without them.
What’s coming up for you in 2017?
It’ll be our most exciting year so far as we’re expanding our festive range with two exclusive new collections: Twelve Days of Christmas and Winter Wildlife. We are also developing our lighting, creating chandeliers and installations out of porcelain.
What do you love about Christmas in the country?
Where we live in the coastal town of Budleigh Salterton, Christmas is such a special time of year, with the late night shopping and the traditional Christmas morning swim. It has a charming un-spoilt character that is incredibly special.
Sum up your creative style in three words.
Detail, design and passion.