Dennis Chinaworks is collaboration between Sally and Richard Dennis, in Somerset.
Sally established her professional name in design, Sally Tuffin. After graduating from the Royal College of Art Fashion School and starting a design business with Marion Foale. Foale & Tuffin soon became one of the leading design houses of the 1960's. Sally later took her skills and experience into ceramics, becoming partner and design director of the Moorcroft Pottery from 1986 to 1993.
Richard Dennis OBE trained with the auctioneers Sotheby's before establishing an antique glass and ceramic business together with a publishing house producing specialist books for collectors.
The pots are thrown and turned on the wheel. Colour is spun on the leather hard earthenware and decorated by incising and slip-trailing the designs. Further colour is added using underglazes and natural oxides, then the pots are finished with a clear glaze. From beginning to end each pot is the work of a single Decorator. Their signature joins the number, company name, date and throwers mark on the base.
Dennis Chinaworks have made commissioned works for many prestigious galleries, museums and organisations including, Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection (Royal Academy of Arts), Pugin Exhibition (Victoria & Albert Museum), Durer Exhibition (British Museum), Cult of Beauty Exhibition (Victoria & Albert Museum), National Portrait Gallery, Duncan Grant Exhibition (Courtauld Gallery), Lord Leighton Exhibition (Royal Academy of Arts), Great Antiques Hunt (BBC), Demorgan Exhibition (Victoria & Albert Museum)