Anna Weatherley
  • Anna Weatherley
  • Anna Weatherley

Anna Weatherley

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As an international designer, Anna Weatherley's career has included designing and manufacturing couture fashion, jewelry, home furnishings, and printed textiles.  She was a well-known local fashion designer in the 1970s and 1980s.  Anna’s stunning designs are inspired by early 18th century European botanical illustrators and flower painters such as Redoute, Hooker, and Ehret.  Weatherley says that old European porcelain companies began painting little insects to cover tiny imperfections in their china, a practice she found charming.  "But my bugs have to be nice and happy-looking. People don't mind eating on bugs if they are cute and pretty," she says.

Anna’s choice in colors are carefully applied on the porcelain with fine brushes in many shades, and fired several times at high temperatures. This time-consuming and meticulous process in the hands of master porcelain painters produces the most detailed and sumptuous rendering of nature's treasures.  Flowers, fruits, butterflies, and delightful bugs are given new life on the lustrous surface of fine white porcelain and 24 karat gold accents.  Weatherley once created a pair of porcelain cachepots decorated with 18th-century-style pears, cherries, and gooseberries for Anna Wintour to give to Princess Diana.

Last year she made a luncheon set painted with flowers and butterflies to donate to Blair House, the President's guesthouse.  Washington’s hostesses still turn to Weatherley for a touch of grandeur, but now it’s for their tabletops.  Collectors such as First Family Bush and the Presidential family, the Obamas, will be drinking tea and eating salad on her dinnerware.  "It's humbling," Weatherley says.  "I just hope they really use it, because I put a lot of love into it."

Anna Weatherley in the Washington Post: The Dish on Designer of Bush China - Writer: Jura Koncius - January 15, 2009

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