Penkridge Ceramics' success lies in the creation of the 'real thing' when it comes to ceramic fruits, vegetables and horsechestnuts. This stand-alone collection, established in 1984 by MA Ceramics graduates, Lorraine Taylor and Nicky Smart, is now considered the best in its field. Each design is a carefully constructed piece of artwork that takes inspiration from both trompe l'oeil and early still life paintings. Moreover, the addition of several glazing layers not only ensures that all ceramic fruits gain that realistic finish, but also provide a premium quality that is sure to provide years of unfaded beauty.
All design work, glaze development and production is carried out in the studio in Walsall in the West Midlands, U.K.
To compliment their ceramic horse chestnuts there is a range of metal acorns, created by sculptor Alan Ballantyne. These too capture a moment in time when the leaves are turning and the winter is drawing near. There are six different types to collect from a delicate single twig with one small acorn to a larger branch with five Acorns. These are also cast from nature but this time in metal which is then hand painted to look just like the real thing