Ka­rina Rickards

Som­er­set, Eng­land

Country Living (USA) - - FIELD GUIDE -

OLD SOUL: My grand­mother was a real mag­pie and had a loft full of mem­o­ra­bilia. She’d ex­plain the sto­ries linked to each item, from her first pair of wooden skis to an elab­o­rate corset be­long­ing to her grand­mother. To this day, most of my fur­ni­ture is an­tique. The qual­ity of crafts­man­ship is sec­ond to none, and this is what we are try­ing to re-cre­ate with Cor­nish­ware.

FIRST CRUSH: I fell in love with Cor­nish­ware in a friend’s kitchen when I moved to Eng­land from France. Its [orig­i­nal blue] de­sign was in­spired by a ce­ramic artist on hol­i­day in Corn­wall who ad­mired the Cor­nish skies and sea. Lit­tle did I know that I would one day paint its stripes!

HOME-THROWN: When the com­pany went un­der [in 2007], we couldn’t bear to see an iconic Bri­tish brand dis­ap­pear. To keep the her­itage alive, we have brought back old de­signs, such as mix­ing bowls. Sun­days are spent wan­der­ing an­tiques mar­kets look­ing for lost clas­sics that we think our fol­low­ers (@cor­nish­ware_artist) will love. The raised stripe de­sign ap­peals to men and women. Not many teacups can achieve that!

THE MORE, THE MER­RIER: In the break­fast room [shown], the green paint and red pot­tery clash won­der­fully. I love color. It brings me joy.

Some of the 120 Vic­to­rian bot­tles that were dug up in the gar­den line the top shelf.

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