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Story of a Product Plaster paradise By Jonathan Craymer


Our brief here at Giftware Review and Home Interiors is to scour the world for manufacturers of unusual and desirable products for you, our readers, to consider stocking. So it was a real pleasure to find a Bath-based


workshop dedicated to designing and creating an amazing range of gifts for the home in high quality British gypsum plaster. Revival Arts of Bath specialises in creating


handmade busts of notable British figures which has particular resonance this year – the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s death – and also the anniversary of two other notable WW11 anniversaries. Clearly, the quality is extremely


high as Revival Arts already has a major market supplying museums and heritage sites across the UK, with busts of a number of other historical figures including Lord Nelson and Queen Victoria. The company has been based in


Bath for more than 25 years and all its


products are handmade in a small workshop. Owner, Timothy Richards now produces more than 60 models and also takes on bespoke commissions. He said: “We saw an opportunity to build a


second company producing well-designed objects for the museum and gift industries. Having purchased the Revival Arts moulds from another company eight years ago, we’ve rebuilt the brand and the product range. “Our core brand values have always remained


the same – traditionally handmade, high quality, well-priced pieces, made in British gypsum plaster in our workshop.”


“Winston Churchill is best seller...”


So what are the


most popular? Lauren Milton, design and marketing manager explained: “The Famous Faces Collection is growing in popularity month on month. They are now stocked in most of the shops of the


major museums in the country. “We’ve recently


found it’s our smaller, hand-held items that sell well. We believe this is due to the tourist visitor looking for items they can easily take home. It seems there’s also a rising trend going back to items being handmade and ‘Made in Britain’. After all, Chinese visitors


don’t want to be coming to the UK, to be buying things made back home.” So has there been a lot of demand for the


Winston Churchill bust? “Yes. The Winston Churchill Famous Face is our best selling bust. We’ve produced over 1,200 of these since last April. “Two other anniversaries take place this year


in association with Churchill – the 70th anniversary of VE Day on May 8 and the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain on July 10. “We are expanding the Famous Faces into


Gods and Goddesses – Aphrodite and Athena being the first. These will coincide with the much-anticipated ‘Greek Bodies’ exhibition starting at the British Museum on March 26. We also have William the Conqueror, Boudicca, Hadrian and Sir Christopher Wren currently being made.” Other lines expanding are silhouette


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