Meet The Maker – Kate Thorburn

Kate Thorburn -

Kate Thorburn – Surface Pattern Designer

Kate Thorburn is a Yorkshire based surface pattern designer having a background in both ceramic and card design. She successfully completed an MA in ceramic design at Staffordshire University in 2007 and is very excited by the launch of her own range of ceramics ‘What Kate Loves’ in September 2014.

Kate enjoying her work

Kate enjoying her work

Kate has a love of nature and takes her influences from walks in wild places to explore pattern and texture in her designs. In her work there is a strong emphasis on colour, pattern and decorative details.

Timeless elegance from Kate Thorburn

Timeless elegance from Kate Thorburn

Kate is a collector of beautiful objects, lovely jugs and plates and images such as old postcards as well as objects she has found like pinecones and shells, which she has found on her travels.

Coasters and plates by Kate Thorburn also make fabulous wall pieces

Coasters and plates by Kate Thorburn would also make fabulous wall pieces

Launching her range under the name ‘What Kate Loves’, Kate hopes to create a range that draws on the past traditions and combines this with contemporary trends to develop her own unique style. It is hoped that the beauty and elegance of this collection will have the ‘timeless elegance’ to become the treasured objects of the future.

Ceramics - Kate Thorburn

Ceramics – Kate Thorburn

The ‘blue and white’ collection stems from Kate’s love of the simplicity of blue and white, whether it be willow pattern, ditsy florals or more contemporary patterns-its the perfect combination. Kate loves to draw and finds inspiration from everything around her. Walking through meadows in the countryside, picking up some vintage fabrics or simply making doodles.

What's not to love about Kate's beautifully illustrated mugs?

What’s not to love about Kate’s beautifully illustrated mugs?

Kate wanted to create her own beautiful range of blue and white that draws on her loves. The range is designed to be both decorative and functional. The range has great accent pieces that can be mixed and matched with the more pattern-based designs to bring individuality to the home. Pieces such as the bowl are beautiful displayed just on their own.

Beautiful bowl - Kate Thorburn

Beautiful bowl – Kate Thorburn

The elegant artwork is all hand drawn by Kate; she then combines her drawings digitally to create her own unique style. Individual designs are created for each and every product for a very special collection!

Nice jugs!

Nice jugs!

This is a British made range of the highest quality, keeping the heritage alive. All Kate’s  ceramics are proudly made in Stoke-on-Trent at Royal Overhouse Manufactory for Designer’s at Royal Stafford and we are proud to be showcasing them early 2015.

Ceramics - Kate Thorburn

Ceramics – Kate Thorburn

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