Collage, Tea Leaves and Sherlock Holmes – Ali Miller

17 Aug

Yes it is no secret I love a good cuppa, and a good success story and Ali Miller has both… OK maybe I cannot attest to her tea making skills, but the teapots she creates to brew your favourite cup of rosie lea have my vote…

London based artist Ali Miller quite simply states that her personal experiences and family history are her inspiration.  Ali sources materials and patterns which relate back to these memories, creating collages which are in themselves the source of inspiration to give a little flair to the humble teapot, ceramics and tea towels to name but a few.

Ali Miller


One of the big influences for Ali was the dominance of WIlliam Morris wallpapers in her childhood homes. The presence of this dominant figure of the Arts and Crafts movement can be seen in Ali’s work, such as the screen print and collage on William Morris paper below.

Ali Miller, Fun Ride

Ali Miller, Fun Ride (above), Band Lady (below )

 Ali Miller, Band Lady

Tea Towels

Many of these designs have been turned into quirky tea towels….left to right “London Always an Adventure Tea Towel”… “Home UK Map Tea Towel”…”Hard Day’s Work Tea Towel”. The perfect way to add a little whimsy to your washing up….

London Always an Adventure Tea Towel Home UK Map Tea Towel Hard Day's Work Tea Towel

China fit for Sherlock Holmes

Perhaps more concerned about his arch nemesis coming around for a spot of Tea, little did Sherlock realise that a simple cup of tea could lead to a teapot (the UK and Ireland Map teapot to be precise), which Ali had been selling for a year on her online store, selling out by the end of the evening…. Who would have thought that Sherlock and a tea pot could have the same effect as Kate Middleton and a high street dress!!…. but I just love this story…. you just never know!!!

Ali Miller's tea set in Sherlock

…so here are a few more of Ali’s designs to make your afternoon cuppa a little more special…. let me know what you think…

 Image of Ali Miller - Always an adventure cup & saucer

 … I have to go and put the kettle on…. on with the colourful journey….

Photo: Feeling a little empty one day the Ali Miller Tea cup took a little walk down to the Eastend of London and came across this Lovely Big Red Tin Full of Assam and kenyan Tea, Rosy Lee Tea London  they fell in love and the rest is history!

Posted by on August 17, 2012 in Art, Things I love, Travel, Trends, UK, UK designers


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4 responses to “Collage, Tea Leaves and Sherlock Holmes – Ali Miller

  1. This Sydney Life

    August 17, 2012 at 8:07 am

    Oooh BCD – I like these! With my (new found) love of tea, one of these gorgeous sets would be perfect. Just lovely.

    PS – love the Sherlock Holmes story, too

    • birdcagedesign

      August 17, 2012 at 10:16 am

      Aha… I have a convert!! The story is great isn’t it….Just need to get something on TV… maybe not The Shire though! 🙂

  2. elisaruland

    August 31, 2013 at 12:38 am

    I’ve always had a thing for tea towels. I started noticing them on my travels years ago, and realized they make wonderful souvenirs and great gifts. They make a wonderful memory while I’m drying dishes….easy to pack, too! These are beautiful!


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