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About Us

Established in 2009, The New English was founded by designers Paul and Judith who wished to merge the finest skills and craftsmanship found in Stoke-on-Trent with a truly contemporary aesthetic.  In 2016 Barbara and her team relocated the business to Stoke-on-Trent after a brief spell in Stone, Staffordshire, and continue to make all products in the traditional heartland of British Ceramics.

Whilst the heritage and legacy of handcrafted ceramics found in Stoke-on-Trent is valued and appreciated, at The New English we do not wish to repeat all that has been demonstrated previously. Instead we like to reflect the lives we live today through unusual handcrafted collectable ceramics. For us, the heritage of pioneers like Josiah Wedgewood; a true innovator in every sense of the word, who made his products in Stoke-on-Trent, inspires us to challenge the norms and seek to do things differently.

The name ‘The New English’ demonstrates what we are about. ‘Englishness ’is not about parochialism or insularity, it is a design ethos. Ours is an Englishness that is as much about the Sex Pistols as it is about Wuthering Heights, as much Damien Hirst as Turner, it’s about a creative approach based on attention to detail, a sense of humour and a willingness to step outside the conventional comfort of sameness in a desire to create beautiful, long lasting products which truly resonate with a contemporary lifestyle.

Quality is not the exclusive preserve of the conservative. At The New English we passionately believe that the integrity and quality that goes into the making of our products, with the extensive use of traditional skills, materials and craftsmanship, are equally as important as the impact that they make visually.

We have worked with and for Harrods, Transport for London, Amnesty International, P&O Cruises (Britannia) and the National Portrait Gallery amongst many others. We are happy to create something unique for you - please contact us for more information.

We hope you’ll love our products as much as we do.