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Spelling it out - Emma Bridgewater talks about her new Red Nose Day collection

The homeware designer has created an exclusive range to raise money for Comic Relief

Posted: 11 March 2013
by Claire O'Donnell

Comic Relief Apron

It's Red Nose Day on Friday March 15th and British pottery maker Emma Bridgewater has created a limited edition homeware range to raise money for Comic Relief, to help change lives across the UK and Africa. 

We chatted to the mum-of-four and creative force about her business, motherhood and her inspiration for the ‘Roll up for Comic Relief’ range. 

How did the business start?

I couldn’t find the right cosy cup and saucer as a present for my Mum – so I decided to make it myself. 

Tell us about the ethos of Emma Bridgewater?

It’s about common sense, good humour and approachability. 

How has the Emma Bridgewater style evolved over the years?

Through a huge lake of coffee.

What piece of advice would you give to your children?

Lie down on the sofa and watch “Some Like It Hot”. 

What is your idea of perfect happiness? 

Cooking meatballs on a Friday night, knowing everyone is heading for home.

Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

My darling Mum.

Where is your favourite place, and why?

The marshes in North Norfolk – you can’t hold onto stress out there!

If you hadn't been a pottery designer, what would you have been?

Umm… maybe a baker because I love cakes. 

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Keep slogging on. And jokes can save your life – or at least your sanity.

Which other designers do you admire and why?

William Morris – such a firebrand! So complex, so energetic, so right on so many things.

Tell us about the inspiration behind your Red Nose Day

As ever, my husband and co-designer Matt and I sit down, drink coffee, argue a bit, talk about the children and then BINGO – ideas started to flow: jokes on mugs…

Why did you choose to support Comic Relief this year?

I’ve always admired the cause. Raising cash this Red Nose Day can help to change lives forever. That’s because Comic Relief spends the money raised to help change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa.

This year marks the 25thanniversary of Red Nose Day, which has raised over £600m!

What will you be doing to support Red Nose Day this year?

All our employees really get behind Comic Relief every year, so I know that with the pride of producing our range to support this Red Nose Day, that they will want to be doing more funny things for money than ever before for this fantastic cause –we’ll certainly be using our range to have a few fundraising cake sales and tea parties!

The Emma Bridgewater ‘Roll up for Comic Relief’ range is available from HomeSense and TK Maxx stores around the UK. 

For more information visit Red Nose Day

Its a Comic Relief competition! We've got five signed Emma Bridgewater 'Roll up for Comic Relief' mugs to give away. For a chance to win this craft collectable head to our Facebook page and simply answer: What are you doing for Red Nose Day 2013? We'll pick the best answer by 5pm March 13th 2013  - good luck!


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