We are delighted to display ceramics from the exceptionally talented folks at Dennis Chinaworks, based in Somerset. The pottery was established in 1993 and has only grown in reputation since then. The company was founded by Sally and Richard Dennis, who were both already highly regarded in their previous fields. Sally and her son Buchan take the lead on creating the designs for the Dennis collections.

Sally’s inspiration comes from many different sources but the 20th century Arts & Crafts movement is a strong influence. The vessels are thrown and turned on the wheel by Rory Mcleod. Slip-trailing and decoration with glazes, oxides and painted lustres are added by two very talented designers, Vanessa Thompson and Teresa Blackmore. Each pot is the work of just one decorator, who inscribes the base with their monogram and an edition number.

In contrast, Buchan’s designs are more contemporary. They feature very clean, sinuous forms with exceptionally fine hand-painted decoration. Together, Sally & Buchan introduce new designs each year in a mix of limited editions for galleries and special commissions. Their work can be found in just a select few galleries in the UK and overseas.

Barn Owl by Dennis ChinaworksBarn Owl by Dennis Chinaworks
Beethoven, spill vase by Dennis ChinaworksBeethoven, spill vase by Dennis Chinaworks
Black Willow, tile by Dennis ChinaworkBlack Willow, tile by Dennis Chinawork
Blackwell spill vase by Dennis ChinaworksBlackwell spill vase by Dennis Chinaworks
Blackwell spill vase by Dennis ChinaworksBlackwell spill vase by Dennis Chinaworks
Blue Stripe sphere by Dennis ChinaworksBlue Stripe sphere by Dennis Chinaworks
Cockatoo, bud vase by Dennis ChinaworksCockatoo, bud vase by Dennis Chinaworks
De Morgan Flower Bottle by Dennis ChinaworksDe Morgan Flower Bottle by Dennis Chinaworks
Elizabethan bud vase by Dennis ChinaworksElizabethan bud vase by Dennis Chinaworks
Godwin, spill vase by Dennis ChinaworksGodwin, spill vase by Dennis Chinaworks
Leaf Fountain by Dennis ChinaworksLeaf Fountain by Dennis Chinaworks
Lustred Bee by Dennis ChinaworksLustred Bee by Dennis Chinaworks
Lustred Dragonfly, bud vase by Dennis ChinaworksLustred Dragonfly, bud vase by Dennis Chinaworks
Red Stripe Egyptian vase by Dennis ChinaworksRed Stripe Egyptian vase by Dennis Chinaworks
Rose Lines, bud vase by Dennis ChinaworksRose Lines, bud vase by Dennis Chinaworks