3 April 2011

The Greatest Show On Earth

Its been a long time coming, but i have finally, finally got round to creating some new mugs and trinkets! The designs are from the Greatest Show On Earth collection where i worked with imagery involving animals and their role in the circus. I am obviously a huge animal lover and have always wanted to work on a project or collection that involved switching the roles of the humans and the animals within the circus scene.

A few months back i had noticed that on quite a few of the trend forecasting websites that i visit, the circus was cropping up quite a lot! I then came across the book and upcoming film 'Water for Elephants' and thought now's the time.

I got to work on some ideas, i wanted to keep the animals quite life like as i am not really a fan of cartoon style illustration, but also to add costume and props. The hardest part of the process was deciding which animals should do which act. My final designs are a family of orangutans swinging on the trapeze, a lady ostrich walking the high rope, a group of meerkats clowing around, a panda walking on a ball and finally a lion posing as the circus ringmaster!

Also, i recently invested in some fine bone china from Stoke on Trent, it is much more delicate and unfortunately fragile than the stoneware mugs i already use. I think that the circus designs work really well with the new china mugs and trinkets but i will be sticking to the chunkier style for my woodland designs.

They are available to buy here.

I will be having a little giveaway to celebrate the launch of my new collection!

All you need to do is

  • follow this blog and my twitter (if you dont already)
  • comment on this post stating your favourite mug or trinket
The winner will recieve their favourite mug or trinket and also a little personalised suprise from me, the winner will be chosen from a hat (or similar object) and announced on Wednesday 6th April and will be posted the same day as im off on my jollies Thursday. Yessa!

Really hope you like them, i am quite nervous and eager to hear your thoughts and opinions as they are slightly different from my usual black and white ink work.

Thanks for reading!


  1. I love these! My favourite is the ball walker mug.

  2. Love them all! The trinket boxes are such a great idea. Think my favourite is now the High Rope trinket box, though I do still love the panda mug! xx

  3. GORGEOUS; the orang-outang mug is my favourite!