COLOUR YOURSELF HAPPY
We’re guessing some of you aren’t delighted to be back at work after your summer holiday. Fear not! you can banish any hint of the blues with a dose of fantastic colour c/o Collectively Artisan. Drink your tea or coffee out of one of these divine mugs and you’re sure to feel brilliant – the zingy colour lifts your mood and you’ll also attract tons of compliments. More colourful goings-on at our Facebook page – and do follow us on Twitter if you aren’t already, @collectartisan.
Appetisers and nibbles look fantastic on our gorgeous four-piece tapas set. The platter and contrasting bowls add an elegant splash of colour to any event – whether it’s a dinner party or an informal al fresco lunch. The small bowls hold just the right amount of your favourite dips, from raita to babaganoush, whilst chips and sticks are arranged in style on the platter. The platter also works brilliantly for canapes, sushi or petits fours. Click here to see more colours.
INTRODUCING OUR NEW TURQUOISE
We are delighted to bring you the most beautiful, ethereal images of our new turquoise colourway… This is our deep serving bowl which – at 45cm in diameter and 12cm deep – makes a stunning centrepiece. Fill it with summer fruits or fresh salad leaves for a quintessentially summery statement.
REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL
So England isn’t going to win the World Cup – but we have plenty of other homegrown successes to celebrate. Here are just three:
1) Summer fruits – can anything beat British cherries, strawberries and raspberries? We love to pick our own at St Aldams nursery in Pucklechurch.
2) English sparkling wine – our favourite right now is the awardwinning Camel Valley Pinot Noir Rosé Brut, bottled in Cornwall. Pop! fizzzz Regardless of what happens on the court, you’ll win game, set and match!
3) The latest holiday read – The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton is a brilliant historical novel. The author talks about her newfound success in this Observer article.
Kick back and enjoy…
It’s upon us! The World Cup kicks off this week. Saturday sees Costa Rica play Uruguay, and if you want to really get into the spirit while you’re watching the match, we suggest cooking Manju Malhi’s Gallo Pinto recipe – spiced rice and beans with red peppers… Goal!!! And if you’re not as passionate about football as the Costa Ricans, you can still enjoy their cuisine.
IS IT A TRAY… IS IT A PLATE…?
Watch this space, we’re about to launch a brilliant new product that we’re very excited about…
SPILLING THE BEANS
We know the secret to a splendid supper and we’re willing to share it… check out a beautiful way of cooking green beans in this demonstration by the lovely Manju Malhi. It really does look straightforward – just take some coconut, green chillies, turmeric and… well, you’ll have to watch it for yourself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-ReCwp3w08&list=UUGl7mcMArmZa21FAcrh0cmw
HERE’S LOOKING AT HUGH
The magazine Clifton Life is celebrating 10 years as a superb foodie publication – congratulations to its editor, Deri Robins, and big thanks to her for this super profile of Collectively Artisan’s MD Hugh Brasher in the anniversary issue. Thanks also to photographer Werner van Peppen for this great portrait.
SUMMERTIME… AND THE COOKING IS SPICY
Following the success of our pop-up Indian dining experience in Bristol a fortnight ago we’re delighted to be collaborating further with chef Manju Malhi. Watch this space for an exciting development… Meanwhile we continue to be inspired by her fantastic recipes and her ability to show us how it’s done… follow this link to see her demonstrating how to make a prawn chilli curry. Yummm. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOdqgjNH9xQ&list=UUGl7mcMArmZa21FAcrh0cmw
LAST CHANCE TO SPICE UP YOUR COOKING SKILLS!
Only four tickets left for our pop-up Indian dining room at Bristol’s awardwinning Arch House Deli next Tuesday evening with the lovely Manju Malhi in charge of culinary proceedings. A mouthwatering feast in convivial surroundings – delicious authentic modern curries served on our bright, colourful tableware – don’t miss this treat for the senses!
HOLD THE FRONT PAGE!
We love everything to do with food, as you know – and we’re delighted the fabulous Bristol-based foodie mag Crumbs has featured Collectively Artisan tapas bowls in its essential shopping page The Want List this month. Not only that – a great interview with our MD Hugh Brasher is the lead story in its superb online edition – read all about it!. Bon appetit!
SOME MOTHERS DO ‘AVE ‘EM
It’s a great time of year to get back into the good books with your mother – or indeed, with the mother of your children. So if you haven’t bought her inside anything for Mother’s Day yet, the time to act is now! A teapot is a classic gift, an egg cup is always jolly (especially if she’s being served breakfast in bed) and these come in all of our signature colours… Have a happy mother’s day!
GOIN’ UP THE COUNTRY
Much excitement here over the warmer weather – finally! And just in time, to get us in the mood for the Country Living Spring Fair this week. It’s at the Business Design Centre in Islington, north London, from March 19-23. Tickets for the event are still available, so come along if you can and treat yourself to some amazingly lovely things for your home and garden. We recommend Stand E26 as the best place to start. But then, of course, we would.
POP-UP CURRY FEST
Superb news for those who like bright, bold and vibrant food as well as crockery. Our favourite chef Manju Malhi is to host a fabulous pop-up Indian cookery night at the awardwinning Arch House Deli in Bristol. Passionate about demystifying Indian food, Manju gives live cookery workshops around the country and appears regularly on television shows. At the April 15 event, Manju will demonstrate a beautifully flavoursome, deceptively simple dish using freshly ground spices to get the tastebuds tingling before guests feast on more just-prepared delights. Signed copies of Manju’s Easy Indian Cookbook will be on sale, and the food will of course be served on Collectively Artisan tableware. Places limited to just 20! Book here: http://shop.archhousedeli.com/fine-indian-dining-evening
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS
This little fellow is Shilo, one of the dogs that the RSPCA Bristol is looking after till someone comes forward to offer him a new home.
Collectively Artisan is supporting the RSPCA Bristol Animal Clinic and Dogs and Cats Home with a 50p donation for every 20cm bowl that we sell.
All you have to do is choose which of our five vibrant colours to go for… click here to have a browse around in our online shop.
ART AND SOUL
Collectively Artisan’s MD Hugh Brasher has submitted a painting to the Royal Academy of Arts’ summer exhibition – the annual show that invites entries from both emerging and established artists. Hugh’s artwork – a bold sea-blue square with dynamic dashes in white and red – is entitled Tell The Others. Fingers crossed the judges like the look of it enough for it to make the shortlist! We’ll find out in mid-March. Click here: come up and see my paintings if you’d like more info
HERE’S TO 2014!
A very happy and colourful New Year to you all. In amidst all the festivities, the Collectively Artisan team has been dreaming up all sorts of exciting plans for 2014 which we’ll start to tell you about shortly. Needless to say they will not involve anything beige or dreary… Betty our beautiful boxer dog is particularly pleased about a new design we’re working on right now. Meanwhile, if you’re back at work, do let us liven up your desk with a vibrant red, yellow, lime, orange or green storage jar – great for keeping all those pesky pens, post-its and paperclips under control.
COLLECTIVELY ARTISAN POP-UP OPENS
And behind today’s door on the advent calendar: a new pop-up in Bath! We’re very pleased to be borrowing a fabulous space at 9a Manchester Buildings, BA1 2LP, from now till January. Hugh is just putting the finishing touches to the display, and mighty jolly it is too. A veritable feast of colour as always. Do pop in for a browse, a chat and a mince pie
CHRISTMAS IS NIGH
…not to be confused with ‘Nighy’, as in Bill. Though who could forget his version of ‘Christmas is all around me’, complete with earnest rock-star grimaces and some fine air-guitar playing… In any case, don’t panic if you haven’t started shopping yet – you’ll find plenty of inspiration in our Christmas Collection
COLLECTIVELY ARTISAN BRIGHTENS UP BBC ONE FOOD SHOW
We’re delighted that British chef Manju Malhi chose Collectively Artisan’s range of colourful ceramics for her delicious cooking on the BBC One show Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds. Here it is on iPlayer in case you missed it!
“Collectively Artisan’s striking bowls and their bright red pestle and mortar were perfect,” says Manju. “Everybody on the show loved them – they work incredibly well with Indian food and add an exotic touch to the meal.” You can find both recipes here