THE ROYAL engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton has given a graduate of Staffordshire University her own time in the limelight.
Adele Barnes, who works for Aynsley China, in Longton, has designed a range of fine bone china pieces bearing the images of the royal couple.
And just hours after their engagement was announced the collection was being manufactured and was available to buy – launching the company and Adele into the national and international media.
Having graduated with an MA in Ceramic Design from Staffordshire University, Adele has been working for Aynsley China for over five years.
She said: “We started designing the collection around 18 months ago. As the interest in the engagement started to go up we finalised the preparations – that’s how we had it ready for the announcement.
“The interest has been tremendous. We’ve been on the BBC, ITV, in the national newspapers and The Sentinel – and even an Italian TV channel.
“It’s really exciting. And it is great to add to my portfolio.”
Adele, 31, came from Towyn, in North Wales, to study Ceramic Design at Staffordshire University. It was Stoke-on-Trent’s internationally renowned pottery industry that attracted her to the region.
She said: “It was the course that brought me here and the University is in the heart of the Potteries. This is the place for ceramics.
“The MA helped me tremendously to get this job at Aynsley – it was invaluable really – because I was doing a bit of freelance work for them and then I got involved in a KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) project between the company and the University.”
Adele has since focussed on contemporary designs to expand on Aynsley’s range. These include Daisy Chain and Mozart tableware.
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