Loraine Taylor and Nicky Smart work from their studio in Walsall, West Midlands, where they design, model, mould, glaze and hand-finish their unique ceramics. They established their Penkridge Ceramics range in 1984 after both receiving their Masters in Ceramics. They state “Our influences lie in trompe l’oeil and early still life paintings of fruits, which demonstrate the beauty of the organic forms along with the accuracy and detail required to represent the real thing.” Their still life studies in clay are individually considered and created with several layers of glaze, to achieve a highly realistic effect. They have recently collaborated with Sculptor Alan Ballantyne to produce their range of metal twigs and leaves. Their pieces have been collected by a number of private individuals, galleries and interior designers in the UK and abroad.