Churchill Studio Prints Raku

Churchill Studio Prints Raku

Churchill have released an exciting and hotly anticipated new crockery range: Churchill Studio Prints Raku.

Churchill Studio Prints Raku is a unique, alluring collection of plates and bowls. Featuring a distinctive topaz blue colourway and handsome silhouettes, this range has a charming tabletop presence that suits casual and formal dining alike.

‘Raku’ refers to Japanese earthenware that has thick walls and dark glazes but also translates to mean comfort or pleasure. Churchill have modernised the raku crockery style with this refreshing collection that provides an inspiring palette for creative food presentation.

Taking inspiration from a traditional glazing process in which a design is printed underneath the glaze to develop a protective layer over the decoration, Raku has a lightly dappled texture. Emulating an artisan glaze finish, this collection combines impressive aesthetics with outstanding durability.

Churchill Studio Prints Raku is also strong and practical. This crockery is dishwasher and microwave safe and features super vitrified bodies.

Churchill’s super vitrified bodies are among the strongest in the world and ensure long lasting performance. These items have been especially designed to meet the demands of a fast paced professional environment and offer metal mark and thermal shock resistance.

Furthermore, Churchill’s super vitrified products meet the quality standard of the British Standards Institute, BS 4034, and are manufactured under the world-renowned ISO 9001 quality management system.

Crockery in this collection is built to withstand 5000 dishwasher cycles and features fully glazed bodies and glazed feet to prevent scratching when stacked. Churchill’s ecoglaze is a high performance glaze that enhances product performance and extends its service life.

Churchill are a leading manufacturer of high quality ceramic tableware with a long, illustrious history in the catering and hospitality industry. Churchill continue to make crockery in Stoke-on-Trent and have deep-rooted origins in the Potteries that reach back to 1795.

Churchill Studio Prints Raku Introductory Offer: 30% OFF MANUFACTURER'S LIST PRICE

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Dudson Add New White Colourway to Harvest Range

Dudson Add New White Colourway to Harvest Range

Inspired by provenance menus and designed to offer imperfect style, Dudson Harvest is a popular collection of rustic crockery.

  • Dudson unveil new range: Dudson Harvest White
  • Unadorned alternative to rustic Harvest colourways
  • Features the same shapes and styles as original Dudson Harvest
  • From Stephensons catering equipment suppliers

Previously only available in rural, natural colourways, Dudson have released an exciting new addition- Dudson Harvest White.

With the same organic shapes as the coloured alternatives, Dudson Harvest White offers a simple backdrop that allows food to take centre stage.

This white colour variant does not feature the sponge painted rims or purposeful paint blemishes that exist on the original Harvest shades, but rather provides a blank canvas that oozes purity and cleanliness.Dudson Harvest 2

Alongside its charming aesthetics, this collection maintains the durability and quality that is synonymous with Dudson.

Crockery in this collection is dishwasher safe, microwave safe and meets the British standard 4034 for product quality. Furthermore, round plates, bowls and saucers in the range feature Dudson’s Lifetime Edge Chip Warranty.

To see the full collection, please visit our Dudson Harvest Category.


Dudson Harvest Crockery from Stephensons catering equipment suppliers

Steelite International Under New Ownership

Steelite International Under New Ownership

Steelite International, leading manufacturer of tabletop products for the catering and hospitality industry, have been acquired by John Miles and PNC Riverarch Capital.

John Miles has been appointed as CEO of Steelite International, “Having worked in the business for twenty years and served as president of the Americas division for the past eleven years, it fills me with immense pride to have made this personal investment alongside PNC Riverarch.

“Steelite International is known as the leader in the hospitality tableware industry and our goal is to continue that leadership through the introduction of new, creative and innovative products. We will continue the investment in the manufacturing sector to improve efficiencies, service levels and provide value added to our customers. I look forward to working with our management team to grow and improve the business.”

Michael Rost, Managing Director of PNC Riverarch, commented, “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to partner with John Miles and Steelite. The company’s focus on product quality, innovation, and customer service has driven strong brand recognition and attractive financial performance.”

As a result of the acquisition, Former Steelite CEO Kevin Oakes has acquired Royal Crown Derby after a 39 year tenure at Steelite International.

Kevin Oakes said, “Steelite International has been my life’s work and I am honoured to have been part of such a committed and passionate team. I firmly believe that Steelite International is the best in the world and the people, products and company values are testament to this collective success.

“I now look forward to an exciting future working with Steelite International who will represent Royal Crown Derby in the hospitality market.”

Henry Stephenson, Managing Director of Stephensons catering equipment suppliers, said, “We have a fantastic relationship with Steelite and look forward to a prosperous future with them.

“I would especially like to thank Kevin Oakes and say what a fantastic job he has done at Steelite. Kevin has been a pleasure to work with and I wish him every success with Royal Crown Derby.”

Steelite Under New Ownership- Steelite Craft

How To Care For Kitchen Knives

How To Care For Kitchen Knives

Keep your professional chef knives in peak condition by following these top tips from Stephensons catering equipment suppliers.

Don’t Leave Knives In the Sink

There’s nothing worse than leaving sharp knives in dirty sink water where an unsuspecting kitchen porter might cut themselves when washing up. Not only is this dangerous, but it can also damage the knives. Knives can get scratched, bent, broken and corroded when left in the sink so wash you knives, dry them and put them away straight after use.

Wash and Dry Your Knives By Hand

Avoid putting knives in the dishwasher to prevent blade damage during the wash cycle. Rather than leaving knives in the dish rack to dry off, prevent mold and mildew growth by drying your knives by hand as soon as they’re clean.

Don’t Use Hard Chopping Boards

Purpose built chopping boards are the best for blade longevity. These boards are soft on the blade and prevent permanent knife damage. Avoid using solid surfaces such as metal countertops, glass, marble or granite and invest in plastic or wooden chopping boards.

Store Knives Separately From Other Utensils

Storing knives with utensils and other cutlery can cause damage such as nicks and scratches. We strongly recommend storing knives in knife cases or wallets to keep them in peak condition or using a magnetic knife rack in the kitchen.

Sharpen Your Knives

Consider taking your knives to a professional knife sharpener at least once a year and use a sharpening steel, whetstone or professional knife sharpener to retain a sharp blade on a daily basis. View our knife sharpeners and accessories for more information.

What Is Kinfolk?

What Is Kinfolk?

Kilfolk is a cult movement that encourages its followers to shun the baggage of their busy lives in favour of simpler, plainer lifestyles. In the catering and hospitality industry, kinfolk is recognisable by its blend of Nordic style and simple rusticity.

Kinfolk has a strong social media presence, especially on the likes of Instagram and tumblr, where people share artistic pictures of retro cars, round rimmed spectacles and white framed bicycles under the kinfolk theme. Interestingly food and drink have a prominent place within kinfolk; many kinfolk-style pictures are of latte art, ice cream and snacks.

Kinfolk has a growing following throughout the catering and hospitality industry as restaurants, bars and cafes embrace the trend. So, what does kinfolk look like?

In its simplest form, kinfolk consists of plain white crockery, simply shaped cutlery and an otherwise sparse tabletop. The most prominent colours of this theme are white, grey, light brown and variations on these shades. However, dashes of rural colours are also acceptable in small quantities, such as subtle red, blue and yellow.

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Crockery

Kinfolk-style crockery brings rustic, understated styles to the tabletop. Ranges such as Dudson Evo, Churchill Stonecast and Steelite Craft epitomise the kinfolk theme with their earthy colourways and simple silhouettes.

Although white, beige and light brown colours are normally associated with kinfolk, this trend also encourages dashes of colour. Colourful crockery can be used as the centrepiece of a kinfolk tabletop, although its surroundings should be modest and plain.

For example, the Churchill Stonecast range offers colours such as Spiced Orange, Cornflower Blue and Mustard Seed Yellow. These colours have been inspired by the changing seasons and are in keeping with kinfolk but should be accompanied by modest cutlery and an otherwise stark tabletop.

Understated ranges such as Dudson Curve, Art de Cuisine Menu, Steelite Simplicity and Porcelite Squared provide a clean and minimalist palette to meet the kinfolk trend whilst also expressing style and subtle flair. White crockery with clean shapes typify kinfolk’s notion of style and quality without being overbearing.

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Sides and Food Presentation

Establishments that embrace kinfolk often combine their crockery with wooden tableware and unique side dishes. Wood has its place within kinfolk as a rural, organic way to present food. For example, Churchill’s Art de Cuisine collection of deli boards, crates and paddles combine stylishly with modestly coloured tableware to express kinfolk on the tabletop.

Meanwhile, Churchill Bit On The Side Plant Pots are the ideal base for serving sides, nibbles and desserts to suit kinfolk-style establishments; their earthy colourways and understated quirkiness are the perfect base to suit this trend. Naturally Med olive wood boards and bowls also compliment the kinfolk style with their organic appearance and subdued style.

What is Kinfolk? duralex manhattan glasses

Drink Presentation

Hot drink glasses are a stylish and unassuming way to serve tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Without an overpowering tabletop presence, Double Walled Coffee Glasses certainly meet the requirements of kinfolk. Their subtle shaping and handsome style offer a sophisticated platform for serving hot drinks without demanding attention.

Alternatively, the Avebury Stoneware range exudes homely charm and Avebury Mugs are a stylish and understated drink option. This collection features a simple, traditional design that expresses kinfolk style for hot and cold drinks alike.

For cold drinks, unassuming glassware, such as items in the Duralex range, are great for sophisticated and simple presentation that suits this trend.

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Cutlery

A kinfolk tabletop should feature unfussy, high quality cutlery that does not distract from the subdued theme. In keeping with the unassuming style of kinfolk, ranges such as Churchill Sola Durban and Artis Chatsworth offer uncomplicated cutlery options. Collections in the Pintinox stone washed range have a rustic, vintage feel that also epitomise kinfolk-style.

Rustic Crockery from Stephensons

Rustic Crockery from Stephensons

Rustic crockery is an increasingly popular crockery style in restaurants, pubs and other dining establishments. The Stephensons rustic crockery collection is unrivalled in variety and quality with options to suit every taste and budget.

  • Rustic crockery for catering and hospitality use
  • Exciting rustic crockery collections for superb food presentation
  • Includes Churchill Stonecast, Porcelite Seasons, Dudson Harvest, Dudson Evolution, Utopia Earthh and Steelite Craft
  • From Stephensons catering equipment suppliers

The fabulous ranges in this exciting rustic crockery collection include Churchill Stonecast, Porcelite Seasons, Dudson Harvest, Dudson Evolution, Utopia Earth and Steelite Craft.

Originally consisting of 4 colours (duck egg blue, barley white, spiced orange and peppercorn grey), 2 fabulous new colourways have been introduced to the Churchill Stonecast range. Churchill Stonecast Cornflower Blue is a breathtaking and unique colourway, sure to bring style and an alluring charm to the table. Churchill Stonecast Mustard Seed Yellow is equally as charming and offers a vivacious alternative for vibrant food presentation.

Churchill Stonecast Rustic Crockery

Another superb rustic crockery range is Seasons by Porcelite. This splendid collection offers outstanding performance, a stunning rustic colour palette and handsome silhouettes. Colours in the Porcelite Seasons range include coral, stone grey, wheat cream, magma red, graphite grey, oatmeal white and the striking sea spray blue. These colours are inspired by the changing seasons and create the perfect platform for outstanding food presentation. Each piece in this Porcelite rustic crockery range has been hand decorated for an authentic style.

Porcelite Seasons Rustic Crockery

Dudson Harvest crockery is the epitome of rustic charisma. This alluring range combines style and practicality to meet the demands of the catering and hospitality industry. Every piece in this collection has been especially designed to exaggerate purposeful imperfections whilst the hand sponged rims create unique characteristics. In the spirit of harvest, Dudson Harvest features embossments of barley and wheat which embrace rural style on the tabletop.

dudson harvest rustic crockery

Dudson Evolution boasts a handmade effect while adding a contemporary twist. Each Dudson Evolution piece is unique with a variance in colour and glaze. Dudson Evolution features a unique ceramic body developed with the prime objective of reducing the carbon footprint created during the manufacturing process. Produced using a 100% lead-free ThermECO glaze and requiring only one firing process, this exciting range of tableware has a significantly reduced impact upon the environment. Manufacturing ceramic products has traditionally been costly to the environment, with firing and glazing in particular requiring high energy use. Dudson Evolution is just as strong and durable as other Dudson ceramic products.

Dudson Evolution Rustic Crockery

Utopia Earth is a delightful collection of rustic plates, bowls and mugs. This handsome rustic crockery range brings an attractive, characterful quality to the tabletop. Utopia Earth is a delightful fusion of style and resilience and is sturdy enough to withstand a rigorous commercial environment. Distinctive shaping of plates and bowls in this range distinguish Utopia Earth as a unique and handsome rustic crockery choice. Utopia Earth is available in 4 colours: thistle grey, linen beige, mocha crown and cinnamon red.

Utopia Earth Rustic Crockery

Steelite Craft is a thrilling mixture of style and practicality. Undoubtedly alluring, Steelite Craft is also sturdy and resilient for use in the catering and hospitality industry. The rustic Steelite Craft range embodies the beauty of rich glazes which have been lovingly applied by hand. The individual finishes are a result of the gem like glaze which is coupled perfectly with the naturally occurring effects achieved in the kiln. This unique crockery collection is available in a variety of colours including blue, green, brown, terracotta, grey and white. These natural colours compliment the simple rural designs of the plates, bowls, cups, and cookware found throughout the Steelite Craft collection.

Steelite Craft Rustic Crockery