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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 it's field.

All design work, glaze development and production is carried out in the studio in Walsall, in the West Midlands, U.K.

The attention to detail is paramount, each piece is individually considered, with several layers of glaze added to create both colour and texture, giving a ''super-real'' effect and accuracy of finish.

Our influences lie in trompe l''oeil and early still life paintings of fruits, which demonstrates the beauty of the organic forms along with the accuracy and detail required to represent the ''real thing.''

Our work is now collected by private individuals, as well as being sold in Galleries and used by interior designers, both in the domestic market and abroad.

Due to the way we produce our work, each piece is an individual ceramic sculpture inspired by nature. The range is always expanding, ranging from Pineapples to Pea Pods and are the perfect gift for anyone who loves nature, the garden, growing fruits or having natural forms around them to enhance their interior settings.

Our website is split into different collections with a number of related pieces in each one; any new additions will be posted here on the front page before it is added to its appropriate collection. We have a venue page which will keep you up to date with any exhibitions or craft fairs we are attending and should you wish to contact us to discuss a particular piece you may wish to order or indeed to ask our advice as to which pieces work well together we are always happy to hear from you.