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Mary Berry talks tableware

Queen of bakers, Mary Berry is enthusiastic about her two new tableware ranges, created in collaboration with Captivate Brands. Mary describes Captivate as “a joy to work with,” and will be continuing to develop her ranges, which are designed to be “very collectable.”Mary’s Signature and English Garden ranges officially launched at the recent Exclusively Housewares.

Besides her baking fame, Mary is an ambassador for the Royal Horticultural Society and President of the National Garden Scheme, so it is no surprise that her tableware features flowers and bird motifs.

Above: Mary Berry with one of her mugs from The English Garden Range.
Above: Mary Berry with one of her mugs from The English Garden Range.

Mary told “I absolutely love the great outdoors and never happier gardening or on a dog walk. So for me the flowers and birds were a natural fit.”

Reflecting on the product development process, Mary says: “I designed and chose every last detail for the range.  The whole process has taken over a year and I have loved every moment – down to the finest details of the quality of the china and beading on the Signature range, the thickness of stitches on the fabrics and the tonal colours and packaging design, these are both ranges I am proud of.”

Mary continues: “The Signature range is modern, but with classic practical shapes and using fine china is top quality. It could be used as a daily set as well as for entertaining.  I think times have changed; where I used to have a posh set and day set, now we have one set we love for all occasions.”

Above: Mary Berry’s The Signature Range from Captivate Brands.
Above: Mary Berry’s The Signature Range from Captivate Brands.

When quizzed about her favourite piece, Mary can’t settle on just one: “I particularly love the open serving bowls – very unusual and I love this style.  The tablemats have been an obsession too as I wanted to make sure they were a thick quality and fitted on the table and did not overlap the next person – just as good on a round or a rectangular table.  The glasses took a long time, as I wanted generous sizes for wine and water that would easily stack in a dishwasher.  The Signature range had to be white but the hint of grey makes the range versatile but individual.  I am passionate about both ranges.”

Mary also notes: “We have chosen contemporary colours which are light and tonally all work together.  So you can have a combination of the colours and mix and match.”


Top: Mary Berry’s The English Garden Range from Captivate Brands

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