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Staffordshire Ceramicist wins 'Backer of British Design' Award

Managing Director of Royal Stafford Tableware gains recognition for his support of British designers with English Eccentrix range

Norman Tempest

Norman Tempest. MD of Royal Stafford Tableware

Norman Tempest, managing director of Royal Stafford tableware, established English Eccentrix in 2011 as a way of supporting British designers working in the ceramic industry. The project encourages up-and-coming British designers to enter the manufacturing industry by providing them with the opportunity for their designs to be produced and promoted by the Staffordshire-based company. Amongst the designers that English Eccentrix has helped bring to market are Andrew Tanner, Fenella Smith, Carly Dodsley, Sarah Heaton, Emma Cowlam, and RALLI Design, so it was great to hear that Mr Tempest has been given recognition for his support for new talent coming into this world-renowned British industry with his award from Homes & Gardens Magazine.

Ceramics by Carly Dodsley

Ceramics by Carly Dodsley, one of the English Eccentrix designers

At the Homes & Gardens Magazine Design Awards ceremony last night, held at the British Museum, Mr Tempest said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been chosen by the judging panel as a winner in their Backer of British Design category and to receive my award on behalf of all the wonderful English Eccentrix designers I represent.” He went on to add  “I sincerely hope this award is just the beginning of many for all our wonderful English Eccentrix designers, and that it will encourage others within the ceramics industry to continue to foster and support new talent, who would otherwise struggle to bring their ideas to the shop shelf.”

Norman Tempest has been in the ceramics industry for more than 30 years, and became managing director at Royal Stafford in 1992. His idea for English Eccentrix was conceived in 2011 with the aim of bringing together the best of British design talent, while offering them the expertise and market knowledge associated with established manufacturer Royal Stafford.

Ceramics by Andrew Tanner

Ceramics by Andrew Tanner, one of the English Eccentrix designers

This recognition for British ceramics comes at a time when it is also in the spotlight for less positive reasons. Just last week a debate in the House of Commons highlighted some of the bad practice that goes on in the industry as regards to misleading country of origin labelling – let’s hope that Royal Stafford continues with its very positive stance towards supporting British manufacturing and design.

For more information about English Eccentrix visit www.englisheccentrix.co.uk


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