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Copper Black Mugs from welovekaoru

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We first came across ceramist and designer Kaoru Parry of welovekaoru in London in 2011 at the Shoreditch collective Luna & Curious. In addition to offering a lovely spot of afternoon tea to a weary traveler, Parry is also deeply invested in the cups, saucers, and pots her hospitality comes in. At welovekaoru, she applies her modernist sensibilities to traditional bone china manufacture centered in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Copper Black is her new line of mugs which debuted earlier this week at Pulse in London. Here's a look at them and a few of our favorites from the welovekaoru archive.
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  "I love to use forgotten or unusual materials within ceramics to give it a modern look," says Kaoru Parry. "Copper luster, although very traditional, is quite difficult to produce—all sorts of things happen in the kiln! But I like to push the boundaries of ceramic manufacture, always working closely with small independent Potteries in Stoke-On-Trent, whilst at the same time celebrating traditional techniques."

    "I love to use forgotten or unusual materials within ceramics to give it a modern look," says Kaoru Parry. "Copper luster, although very traditional, is quite difficult to produce—all sorts of things happen in the kiln! But I like to push the boundaries of ceramic manufacture, always working closely with small independent Potteries in Stoke-On-Trent, whilst at the same time celebrating traditional techniques."

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  "The copper and black enamel is screen-printed and decorated by hand then fired to just the right temperature so they come out of the kiln with a fantastic mirrored finish," says Parry.

    "The copper and black enamel is screen-printed and decorated by hand then fired to just the right temperature so they come out of the kiln with a fantastic mirrored finish," says Parry.

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  This Floret teacup is a prime example of how welovekaoru, despite its mod leanings, is unafraid to get into some decidedly granny territory. Keeping things monochrome saves the series from being entirely kitsch.

    This Floret teacup is a prime example of how welovekaoru, despite its mod leanings, is unafraid to get into some decidedly granny territory. Keeping things monochrome saves the series from being entirely kitsch.

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  Hard to think that rainy England could come up with such a sunny service set, but welovekaoru's Breakfast line is just that.

    Hard to think that rainy England could come up with such a sunny service set, but welovekaoru's Breakfast line is just that.

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  The Nautical range was the first that we saw and hits a quirky note, at once old fashioned and au courant.

    The Nautical range was the first that we saw and hits a quirky note, at once old fashioned and au courant.

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