Drawing on Ceramic: Charlotte Macey
Is there such a thing as modern country? Can the countryside be modern? One sounds like the antithesis of the other when I say it out loud. Anywho, I recently discovered Charlotte Macey’s hand illustrated ceramic tableware line, whose tabletop items lovingly characterize modern-country.
What is her inspiration? Her picturesque environment.
Charlotte’s studio is based in the Cotswold countryside in the UK- think rolling green hillsides, scenic towns, thatched roof cottages, sheep- that kind of environment. These picture-perfect surroundings of the countryside is where she crafts a variety of textiles and ceramic items for the home- Charlotte also pens a sweet blog called Stitch Tales that gives readers and inside peek at her illustrations and new products.
I am developing an appreciation for illustration on ceramics and I think Charlotte does a great job applying her quirky, stick characters and objects to mugs, jugs, egg cups and all sorts of linens.
I don’t think I would want an entire set of hand illustrated chickens, but I certainly see how an object here or there could be fun to mix and match with other collections of dishes on the table. However, now that I think of it, the chicken egg cups are rather cute- (Chickens and eggs do go rather well together).
I am particularly charmed by her house illustrations- I could see pairing a set of house mugs or egg cups on a rustic wood table and contrast them with a pop of colourful geometric napkins or stoneware plates.
Photo Source: Charlotte Macey