Cardew Design was formed in 1991 to produce and market the collectable teapots of designer Paul Cardew.
Pictured right: Paul Cardew discussing his teapots
Paul Cardew had been designing ceramics for many years including the now very collectable range of National Westminster Piggy Banks which were given away with savings accounts in the UK in the 1970s.Paul Cardew first launched a range of teapots in 1975 at Spring Fair trade show in Birmingham. Many of Paul’s early teapots were produced by his company Sunshine Ceramics including one of his rarest and most poular The Cactus
Pictured left: Sunshine Ceramics Paul Cardew Cactus
Building on many years of growth, in 1991 the company, Cardew Design, was formed in the United Kingdom.
His work was first shown in the USA in 1992 at the New York Gift Show and his designs had an instant appeal to the North American marketplace.During the 90’s Paul Cardew designed for a number of famous brands under license- Portmeirion, Royal Doulton, Lilliput Lane, Harmony Kingdom- to name but a few. But his greatest claim was an association with The Walt Disney Company, with over one hundred designs perfected during a six year period…launching Paul on to the world’s stage.
Pictured right: The King of Arts Teapot
Roy Disney selected Paul Cardew as one of only a few artists worldwide to design special products for Disney’s Millennium reproduction of the Fantasia Cartoon. Paul was invited to attend the movies premier at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Cardew Design teapots were some of the most popular collectables of the 1990s and the early 2000s. There was a popular Cardew Collectors Club which was established in 1993 and ran for about eight years.Pictured left: Suzy Floosey teapot – the 2003 Cardew Collectors Club joining gift.
In 1999 Cardew Design North America Inc. was formed to expand and increase business primarily in the US and Canada. Since then, Paul’s designs have now sold in over 50 countries, delighting people all over the world. Many of his old designs are now antiques and are featured in auctions wherever ceramic art and teapots turn up.
In February 2008 Cardew Design North America acquired the international rights to the Cardew name and trade marks.Today Paul Cardew continues to create even more interesting designs appealing to the ever changing tastes of the discerning consumer.
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