Production and ethics
The idea for Catnap came out of years of practise hand painting a variety of cats onto individual ceramics. At first this was for fun, then I started getting requests for one-off bespoke designs. I then began to look into how I could take my idea and turn it into a brand that was more affordable but also sustainable.
That is why I chose to have my designs manufactured in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Here I am able to closely observe the manufacturing process and work with trusted suppliers. It is a fantastic honour to be part of a process that has such strong historic roots in U.K. manufacturing.
How it works
Every one of Catnap's designs is hand painted by me in my studio in London! I am an illustrator at heart and this is still reflected in my design style. When the ceramics go into production they are finished by skilled craftspeople in Stoke-on-Trent who print, apply and fire each product lovingly by hand.
(Note: Due to the nature of the printing process some minor variations in the colour and print should be expected, this adds to the character of each design.)
Not only are the designs printed in Stoke-on-Trent, but the china we source is almost exclusively made there too! Watch the videos below to see some of the casting and moulding processes at Duchess China and the Printing techniques and firing completed and despatched from Heraldic Pottery.
The making of the Casper Mug:
The making of one of our Frilled Edge Dinner Plates:
When packaging your purchases I prefer to use environmentally friendly alternatives to plastic packaging, so that I can reduce single use plastic waste. This means that everything from our shopping bags, to the paper based tape on our packaging is either recyclable or biodegradable (including our void fill, which is derived from starch). The only exception to this will be when I have kept the product in its original packaging direct from the manufacturer, this is to minimise waste. For further information on my packaging please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
For international deliveries I use DPD, who offer a carbon neutral delivery service by carbon off-setting all their deliveries.
Please let me know if you think I can do more, or have suggestions for how Catnap can better improve its environmental and labour impact,