useful things that tell stories.
About Mellor Ware
Mellor Ware is designed by Lianne Mellor in her Sheffield based studio, she strives to produce products that are not only beautiful, but are also functional for everyday use. Her influences are deeply rooted in the quintessentially British past times of afternoon teas, garden parties and quirky dances. The illustrations are inspired by the idea that when our backs are turned, foxes, birds, squirrels, badgers and hedgehogs come out in force to act out these very English activities. The simplicity of Lianne’s watercolours allows the viewer to create their own narrative for the characters in a collection that is both timeless and contemporary.
The company was started in 2010 following a “lightbulb moment” of combining her illustrations with the things she loved to do (Afternoon Teas and Homemaking) with the dream of bringing design, quality and uniqueness to the traditional tea set for the modern day. Mellor Ware started out by selling at art markets and firing the tea sets in her Dad’s garage. In 2011 we started supplying Liberty of London and 2012 saw the first member of staff (Emma) employed as an apprentice. The business has continued to grow ever since and we currently export to Belgium, Hong Kong, South Korea and America along with supplying many independent British retailers.
At Mellor Ware we love collaborating on exciting projects and bespoke items, if you have a project you would like us to be involved with please get in touch!
My name is Lianne Mellor and I am the designer and illustrator of a range of homeware called Mellor Ware. As I was growing up on the Wirral, my childhood was filled with making dens, drawing pictures and listening to wild and exciting stories. I guess this is what led to my overactive imagination, creating narratives and giving life to the things that surrounded me, from the birds in the garden, to the fish on the counter at the local market.
My family has played a huge part in making me who I am today. My Nana Penny was the one who taught me to use watercolours when I was younger, we used to go to her house every Friday after school and would paint landscapes and eat biscuits. My Mum taught me to use a sewing machine which has spurred my interest in dressmaking, and my Dad would always make up stories and plan treasure hunts to feed my imagination.
I absolutely love nature and animals and have always kept pets, everything from fire-bellied newts and leopard geckos to rats and dogs. I think every animal I kept has a completely different personality and it is in these characters that I find inspiration. In my spare time I enjoy knitting, dressmaking, baking, visiting flea markets, cycling in the peaks and playing with my cat, Bernard.
I began selling my original illustrations while studying for my degree in architecture. When I graduated in 2009 I realised that my passion lay with telling stories through my watercolour illustrations. I gradually began to develop my portfolio of drawings into collection of useable products.
I get great satisfaction from watching people’s faces as they see my illustrations for the first time, it’s as if I can see them creating their own stories and scenarios for each of the characters. That’s the beauty of an illustration… the story telling is only limited by your own imagination!