Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Product development

So as you all know I'm working on a Mentoring Programme courtesy of Design Factory and I'm enjoying the process so much, it has given me a real boost to my motivation and I'm finding that I'm spending a lot more time on my business and feeling the benefits already. One of the things I identified at the beginning of the process was the need to develop my product range, something I had been thinking about for a while.

Having researched the possibility of getting my designs onto kitchen ware and ceramics I realised that it was possible, but that I wanted to keep ownership of the process during product development. I had the opportunity to jump in at the deep end and go straight to production, when I got chatting to someone at the trade fair, who wanted to sell my mugs for me, but having been encouraged to think this through (always thinking now, you see!!) I realised that for me it would be better to try developing this on my own first.

So with a Reseach and Development Budget sorted out I delved into my search for suppliers and found several UK companies who provide white ware and ordered brochures. I placed my order last week after poring over the pages of porcelain and china lovelies and made my order last week, going for a selection of the things that really jumped out at me, and also things that could be sold as part of a set. I'm not sure whether this will be the final collection but I now have three boxes of white ware ready for my designs.

Its all very exciting, I have vases, bowls, cups, mugs, trinket boxes, storage jars, plates, toast racks, butter dishes, egg cups... the list goes on. Now I just need to work out which designs to use and I'll be well on the way...

Tomorrow I'm holding a vote as I need your help to decide which designs are favourites. All you will need to do is leave a comment telling me which design you like best and you will be entered into a draw to win one of my A4 prints.

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