Custom printed cup and saucerBanks Pottery has been supplying catering-grade crockery to businesses in and around South Yorkshire for more than 40 years but, what you might not realise is, we also ship our products around the world, with international customers relying on us for high-quality tableware and exceptional value of money.

Our custom-printed crockery service is proving particular popular with our overseas customers. For example, we recently supplied custom-printed tea cups and saucers to homeware boutique Fionn and Baylor in Melbourne, Australia as part of a new range of china that the company wanted to trial.

We initially produced a short-run of custom-printed cups and saucers for Fionn and Baylor to trial at a trade fair. The small quantity wasn’t a problem for us as we’re happy to produce anything from one unit upwards, which is why customers often come to us for small runs of bespoke printed crockery.

The design was rather complex as there was one wraparound design for the cup and two for the saucer; one in the middle of the saucer and another around the rim. This meant that it was size-sensitive as we had to make sure that the design ran right up to the edge of the saucer and totally filled the ‘well’ with no gaps.

To achieve this, we took the client’s artwork and mocked it onto a sample piece before any actual prints were ordered or fired. This allowed us to spot a few issues, where the curvature of the actual ceramic piece hadn’t been taken into account, and correct them before we produced the full order. This is why we always take the time to mock up custom-print orders as it’s the only way to ensure the best results.

The cups and saucers themselves were from our fine bone china range; a premium product that is often chosen for bespoke, designer items. This choice of crockery also helped us to achieve the highest-quality results for the customer, as our fine china products take a ceramic print particularly well and produces a brilliantly shiny finish once fired.

As you can see, the end results look fabulous and the customer was over the moon with the finished results! It just goes to show, it doesn’t matter whether the customer is round the corner from our facility in South Yorkshire or the other side of the world, they receive the same exceptional service and the highest quality products.