Roelofs & Rubens
Established in 2006 by Hampshire based designer Piet van den Beuken and her husband Monty Abram, Roelofs & Rubens design and produce handmade and hand painted blue and white tableware, tiles and decorations.
Roelofs & Rubens offer charming collections made from excellent quality English earthenware, using a variety of contemporary patterns, unique designs and a blue and white colour scheme that will complement every home.
Piet van den Beuken, Roelofs & Rubens’ founder and designer, ‘I have been a collector of blue and white crockery since I was a poor student in Amsterdam, believing that having all kinds of different patterned blue and white dishes was thrifty, because they were easy to replace with any other blue and white ware if they got smashed.
My collection grew when travelling and living abroad, but I noticed there was not much contemporary blue and white china available. A session at a ‘paint your own pottery’ café gave me the inspiration to start my own blue and white tableware company. My basic idea was a more modern blue and white line, handmade and hand painted with unique designs, and to apply the same blue pigments on all wares, so ranges could easily be mixed and matched with each other and with the more traditional patterns that people already own.
Although having no knowledge of pottery or glazing whatsoever I bought a kiln, gave up my job as a kitchen shop manager and that was the beginning of Roelofs & Rubens. The name was chosen by my English friends from a choice list of continental sounding and some times unpronounceable names.
Production is all happening on the West Berkshire/Hampshire border.
It took a year to develop thirty or more designs, to experiment with painting techniques, to produce stencils and stamps and to source a genuine English supplier of truly good quality English earthenware bisque and tiles. The range has grown to include a full collection of tableware, cake plates, mugs, cheese boards, hanging decorations and other items.
Contact us on 01635 253671 or email@example.com
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You can buy directly from our webshop http://www.roelofsrubens.co.uk or make an appointment to visit us 01635 253671 / 07502 158535
Commissions accepted on request.