drawing patterns for stencils at Aston Pottery


We have wide range of patterns at Aston Pottery, from the traditional to the contemporary, we cater to all ages and tastes. Much like the creation of our shapes, everything goes through a rigorous design process beginning as a drawing in the design office.

creating stencils for the auricula design

Develop / Separate / Cut

All our patterns are hand-stencilled onto our pottery and, as such, once the initial drawn design is passed, the following step of the process is to separate the image into layers. Some of our more complex stencil designs can use up to 5 layers. With the design stratified appropriately, they are copied onto acetate and cut out.

testing colours and establishing designs

Colour Selection

The central aspect of developing a stencil is the colour selection. Layering needs to take into account how each colour is applied. Many of the colours we use have different personalities, some need to be applied heavily whilst others very lightly. Along with standard colour theory, the way we select colours for our designs must also work alongside the dimensions each colour brings.

hand decorating bird and Alice in Wonderland designs using stencils


The finished decoration is a delight to behold. Layers of shape and colour build up to form anything from Tractors to Auriculas, or Woodpeckers to Squirrels. Our pattern design process, although ancient in its fundamental technique, allows our team of decorators to produce a hand-made product with great depth and consistency.

application of colour for designs using stencils and a stippling technique with a flat paint brush