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Jordan Evans / 21 Jul 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND Tweedmill
For decades Tweedmill has been delighting buyers and customers alike with their gorgeous...
Jordan Evans / 01 Jul 2020
Home & Gift Virtual schedule revealed
The organisers of Home & Gift have announced the launch of Home & Gift Virtual 2020, a t...
Celine Dibert, Press Loft / 24 Jun 2020
Getting ready for Christmas PR
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Jordan Evans / 24 Jun 2020
Behind The Brand: Devaiya Oils
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Jordan Evans / 23 Jun 2020
Gift of the Year launches Gifts of Hope Awards
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Caroline Gardner / 10 Jun 2020
The Art of Journaling with Caroline Gardner
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Jordan Evans / 09 Jun 2020
#GiftThemThanks: New campaign ‘gifts’ back to key workers
The Giftware Association (GA), is calling on its members and gift companies across the U...
Jordan Evans / 28 May 2020
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Ian Pattison, Google Cloud / 27 May 2020
The Future of Retail: 2020
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Jordan Evans / 26 May 2020
NEW PRODUCT LAUNCH: The sculpture celebrating and supporting the NHS
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Jordan Evans / 21 May 2020
Facebook shakes up the world of e-commerce with the launch of Shops
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Halcyon Naturals / 15 May 2020
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Jordan Evans / 13 May 2020
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Jordan Evans / 12 May 2020
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Tea Robinson / 05 May 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND Eleanor Tomlinson
With over 200 bespoke commissioned artworks under her belt, Yorkshire born & bred artist...
Jordan Evans / 30 Apr 2020
HOME & GIFT LAUNCHES HARROGATE @ HOME
The organisers of the Home & Gift show have today announced the launch of Harrogate @ Ho...
Kat Maclennan / 24 Apr 2020
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Jordan Evans / 22 Apr 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND We Love Seasons
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Jordan Evans / 17 Apr 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND BESPOKE AROMA
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Charlotte Simpson / 16 Apr 2020
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Catherine Erdly / 16 Apr 2020
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Jordan Evans / 09 Apr 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND Peper Harow
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Kate Hardcastle / 08 Apr 2020
5 WAYS HOME & GIFT EXHIBITORS AND RETAILERS CAN SURVIVE THE CURRENT CLIMATE
Kate Hardcastle MBE, often referred to as The Customer Whisperer, is a leading expert in...
Kelly Grant / 07 Apr 2020
HOME & GIFT 2020 POSTPONED TO 2021
As a consequence of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Home & Gi...
Jordan Evans / 02 Apr 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND VENT for Change
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Jordan Evans / 01 Apr 2020
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31 Mar 2020
Harrogate Convention Centre commissioned as temporary NHS hospital
You may have seen some media reports regarding one of the Home & Gift Show’s venues, t...
Jordan Evans / 25 Mar 2020
BEHIND THE BRAND Little Blue Nest
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PR Dispatch / 20 Mar 2020
3 ways for small businesses to move forward in uncertain times
The current challenging and tough climate is forcing a lot of small business owners to f...
19 Mar 2020
COVID-19: Home & Gift 2020 to run as planned
Home & Gift Harrogate has been a key date in the retail calendar for 60 years, bringing ...
Jordan Evans / 04 Jun, 2020
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Meet The Maker: Sue Pryke

With a background firmly rooted in the crafts, Sue Pryke has built a career that has seen her create both as an in-house and freelance designer for some of the industry’s biggest names. Valuing both aesthetic design and functionality equally, her work transcends trends, time periods and price point, making it accessible to all. We spent five minutes with Sue to learn more about her journey as a maker and how she is navigating these difficult times.  

 

Hi Sue, thanks so much for your time! For anyone who may not know, can you please tell us who you are and a bit about your background?


I am a maker and a designer, and I work with ceramics.  My background is in the crafts but I’ve always maintained a relationship with industry either working in-house as a designer for tableware manufacturers or retailers and I still work freelance from time to time designing tableware or homeware.

I went to work at Wedgwood as a designer after graduating from a BA course in Ceramics in the early 90’s, so my skill set is a mix of craft and industrial practice. Back then there weren’t any computers and everything was drawn and modelled by hand, I learned a lot from working with the model makers and still draw on those skills when I’m developing new ideas.

I’ve worked as a freelance designer for a real mix of clients from manufacturers, to retailers and airlines over the years and still keep my hand in, but my real passion is in the studio and making tableware. I use the industrial process of slipcasting, but use it in a craft context, making pieces that industry would find more challenging to produce.

I also work with smaller factories here in the UK who make a couple of other ranges for me and have always enjoyed that connection to manufacturing.


 

How did you start your brand and what was the inspiration behind it?


During my BA course I was inspired by a number of crafts people who worked with industry in some way, like Janice Tchalenko and Carol McNicoll, who produced quite unexpected versions of their studio work in a more accessible way for the retailers.  

I liked that idea of craft ideas being more accessible. Also I was hugely influenced by Queensberry Hunt, the ceramic design company who later became my mentors whilst on my post graduate degree at the Royal College of Art.  I love their pared back and innovative approach to tableware and the passion that they have for ceramics.
 

What’s been the biggest highlight of your brand journey so far? 


I’ve worked for some really exciting high street brands, I have a range with M&S at the moment called Marlowe, but I have worked for a number of lovely retailers and grocers, such as Sainsbury’s, to Virgin Atlantic, but my biggest achievement has been my relationship with IKEA. I have worked for them as a freelancer since 1994 and my first range the IKEA 365+ range is still in production today, I’m very proud of that longevity, and also the democratic approach to design that they have, to be able to make good design accessible is really important.
 

What do you love most about what you do?


Well, making good design accessible is exciting. Being able to make something is rewarding in itself, but to be able to make something that is useful, as well as ergonomic and strive for it to be beautiful makes me really happy, if it can have utilitarian value is perfect.
 

Knowing what you do now, what advice would you give to yourself when you were first starting out?


I’d say ask more questions and talk to more people, I think the majority of young graduates don’t have the confidence in those early years to know that it’s ok to ask for advice.
 

We are obviously in very unprecedented times at the moment. What are you doing to stay positive and keep the brand looking ahead?


There’s so much advice out there, free business webinars and the creative community has really pulled people together to lay on workshops, talks, shows and other events online. I’ve been introduced to Zoom like the rest of the population and teaching jobs that I had lined up with universities I have just done online.  

It’s interesting how people are quickly adapting to the new normal in an effort to stay connected, it’s great to see.
 

What’s your positivity/ inspiration recommendation during this time?

I’ve listened to more podcasts than I have before -Material Matters from Grant Gibson is brilliant.  I’ve joined more Instagram Live sessions and Zoom meetings with other creatives.  

A personal favourite is joining far more yoga online. I’m a daily yogi now instead of once or twice a week and I think the daily Joe Wicks has been an inspiration to the nation, his enthusiasm has influenced all of us! 

I’m taking more time for myself and my family, I’m shopping locally - the butcher, bakers and greengrocers and supporting local artisans generally.  I’ve been really inspired by everyone becoming more engaged with their communities, whether it’s local or online on social media and amazed how everyone has become a home crafter in one way or another - I mean who hasn’t made a sourdough loaf, baked a cake, painted a pebble or made a pompom for the NHS in the last 10 weeks!
 
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