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Who are the people behind Stokesay Ware?
What is Stokesay Ware?
How is Stokesay Ware made?
Do you use decals?
Is there one special scale?
Why are you called Stokesay Ware?
Where can I buy Stokesay Ware?

   
WHO ARE THE PEOPLE BEHIND STOKESAY WARE?
Karen Griffiths MDes(RCA) provides the creative input for Stokesay Ware. Karen is a Masters graduate of the Royal College of Art, Kensington, London and IGMA Fellow. She started Stokesay Ware in 1981 after graduating from college while she was working as a part time visiting lecturer teaching both ceramics and drawing at Hornsey, Eastbourne and Farnham Colleges of Art. She left teaching to give Stokesay Ware her full attention in 1986.
Peter Armstrong BA(Hons) is a history graduate. Peter is responsible for the practicalities of Stokesay Ware, so if you would like to place an order or ask a question, he is waiting to hear from you!
Telephone 020 7254 5242
International +44 20 7254 5242
Email peter@stokesayware.com


 

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WHAT IS STOKESAY WARE?
Stokesay Ware is a range of miniature dolls house china which is inspired by the past and reflects the rich history of the English china makers. It is hand made from authentic materials using traditional techniques in the internationally recognised dolls house scale of one twelfth life size (or 1 inch=1 foot).

   

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HOW IS STOKESAY WARE MADE?
Exactly like full sized china. Traditional patterns and classic designs from the 18th and 19th centuries are meticulously drawn in minute detail using the same techniques and materials. The bone china clay is glazed and fired at temperatures ranging from 1060 to 1200 degrees centigrade. The decoration of coloured enamels and 22k gold luster is permanently fired on in the kiln, often necessitating as many as six separate firings to complete each piece. Stokesay Ware is made using our own range of finely detailed and accurately scaled moulds. The artwork for our patterns is also our original work and is exclusive to Stokesay Ware.

 

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DO YOU USE DECALS?
No. Decals are ordinary prints (such as you could make with your computer printer) which are printed onto a clear or opaque white plastic sheet which is in turn attached to waterslide paper. They are cheap to produce and are used extensively in the model aeroplane and railway hobbies and are no more permanent than a printed magazine page.
Our decoration is made using specially drawn artwork and hand printed by silk screen using specialist onglaze enamels which are coloured with metal oxides. These colours can withstand being fired in the kiln to temperatures exceeding 800 degrees centigrade and are permanent.

   

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IS THERE ONE SPECIAL SCALE?
Yes. The scale of one twelfth life size (also referred to as '1 inch=1 foot' or 'twelfth scale') has been adopted internationally as the industry standard. The vast majority of modern miniatures, both manufactured and craftsman made, are in this scale.
However, you may hear the phrase 'related scales' mentioned. This refers to derivatives of twelfth scale. '1/2 inch=1 foot' is also referred to as 'half scale' and '1/4 inch=1 foot' as 'quarter scale'.
Many dolls houses manufactured in the early part of the 20th century were made in the scale of one sixteenth.
If you are not sure what scale your house is, a rough rule of thumb is to measure the height of the door openings. In one twelfth scale they will be in the region of 6 inches high and around 41/2 inches in a one sixteenth house.


   

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WHY ARE YOU CALLED STOKESAY WARE?
Stokesay is a tiny village near Ludlow in Shropshire. It is famous for Stokesay Castle, a magnificent fortified manor house completed in 1291. Karen has very close connections as her parents were born locally and married in the Norman church attached to Stokesay Castle and Karen was later christened there.

   

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WHERE CAN I BUY STOKESAY WARE?
BY MAIL ORDER
Let us know your requirements by telephone, post or email and we will confirm your order, the cost and the delivery date. Visit order for more details.
AT EXHIBITIONS
We exhibit our work at miniatures shows in the UK and occasionally overseas. Visit events for a current list of forthcoming shows.


   

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STOKESAY WARE
37 Sandbrook Road, Stoke Newington
London N16 0SH, UK
Telephone 020 7254 5242
International +44 20 7254 5242

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