Celebrating 200 Years of Royal Doulton with Artist Collaborations & Collectibles
Originally founded in 1815, the same year as the battle of Waterloo, Royal Doulton has been innovating ceramics ever since, and this year sees the company celebrating 200 years by collaborating with London-based artists.
It’s a tradition that started for the company back in 1860 when Royal Doulton worked with artists from the Lambeth School of Art to apply their artistic talents to ceramics. In 2015, Royal Doulton is continuing to work with street artists Nick Walker and Pure Evil, as well as textiles designer Charlene Mullen. If you missed the fruits of their earlier collaborations, Home Arty Home previously featured the street art range here and Charlene Mullen’s London range here.
To mark 200 years of Royal Doulton, Pure Evil has created three-dimensional versions of his evil bunny tag, Nick Walker is pouring paint over Parliament, and Charlene Mullen has re-imagined the London skyline as stylish ceramic storage.
The Pure Evil bunnies are available to buy now and you can sign up with your email address to know when the limited-edition Nick Walker Parliament piece will be available to snap up. Likewise, with the Charlene Mullen Little London set, you can sign up here to be informed when her porcelain buildings, including the Royal Festival Hall and Battersea Power Station, are available to buy online.
As well these collaborations, Royal Doulton has produced the 1815 range of everyday ceramics that look to the archives for inspiration and use age-old techniques to create a vibrantly-coloured dipped range of plates, bowls, and cups.
It’s great to see an established company with such a long and esteemed history working with contemporary artists to create unexpected results – it would be all too easy to create twee commemorative plates and figurines but Royal Doulton have shown a real long-term vision by producing desirable and modern limited-edition collectibles.
Watch the video above to hear from the collaborating artists and designers, and discover more about the 200 Year history of Royal Doulton here.