In her spare time, Clare loves to create and invigorate her passion for the latest trend of tablescaping which grew enormously during the series of lockdowns this past year. Tablescaping kept her creative juices and imagination flowing, allowing her to exercise her mind and daydream of normality resuming. Clare hopes that her guidance will encourage you to make your very own autumnal tablescapes, inspired by her use of our classic blue and white patterns and bringing the outside in this autumn.
Create Your Own Seasonal Table
The days are getting cooler, and the nights are drawing darker, the crisp autumn season is now upon us. As we resign our thoughts of outdoor entertaining, it is time to embrace the cooler months ahead and the festivities brought with them. Your thoughts may turn towards how to decorate your autumn table, or around the home. This year, Clare decided to make autumn her own, and instead of using the popular shades of oranges, ochre and browns which reflect the colours of the vibrant autumn leaves, she chose her favourite (and ours too!) Pantones of cool blues and whites.
With a crate of white pumpkins, Clare wanted to put her individual and personal stamp on them. Following a visit to our home at Middleport Pottery in Staffordshire, Clare was captivated at our craftsmanship and heritage, and how we continue to use techniques that we did all those years ago when Burleigh was first established. Clare fondly recalled her visit, ‘As soon as you step through the door you feel transported to a bygone era’…and it truly inspired her tablescape this autumn!
Clare saw how our ware goes through the handcrafted process and how our stunning patterns are printed onto fine delicate tissue paper then applied by hand onto the ceramics within our transferring rooms. Clare was inspired to try her own crafting hand at decoupaging some Burleigh Pottery napkins onto some gleaming white pumpkins. The result? A perfect collection of blue and white autumn pumpkins.
Now you have the foundation of your pumpkin tablescape prepared, you will need to add dishes, linens and the finishing touches. Clare talks us through her tablecaping this autumn…
‘I always feel the art to a classic table is by layering. If you layer your table you add depth and character to your seasonal table. By adding colours textures and maybe fun or quirky objects it will allow your personality to shine through and it often can become a talking point with your guests.
With this Burleigh Pottery pumpkin tablescape, I added the finest Italian handmade linens from Angela Wickstead. It was a sheer pleasure and a delight to feel the crisp linen when I laid them upon the table. Using shades of powder blue, I began the process of layering, placing the placemats and napkins neatly on the table. They are so chic and timeless, the perfect complement to Burleigh’s Blue Asiatic Pheasants collection.’
The Art Of Layering A table
‘Once the linens were placed I added metallic gold accessories for the perfect, decadent edge. I added glass charger plates edged with a golden hue. I then blended gold candle holders with ocean blue candles and gold and white cutlery. Then the main statement pieces of course, from Burleigh Pottery. I decided to add the Blue Asiatic Pheasant collection which never ceases to make me smile. This is a print that is so timeless, it is so easy to style with. The Asiatic Pheasant collection can blend well with a traditional table or modern, contemporary setting as it is such a versatile design.
For the flowers, I filled a large Burleigh footed bowl with some wild hydrangeas. The blooms were starting to turn from the bright blue to a mottled lichen green which I love, perfectly bringing the autumnal hues and adding more texture and depth to the table. Lastly, I added a vast amount of my white and blue Burleigh patterned pumpkins’
Will you be decorating your own Burleigh pumpkins this year? Share them with us, along with your tablescapes tagging #BurleighPottery