Dennis Chinaworks was founded in 1993 by Sally Tuffin and her husband Richard Dennis. Previously both were co-owners of the renowned pottery Moorcroft, where Sally Tuffin was also the lead designer. Sally was a very well respected fashion designer in London in the 1960s and 70s. Her love for fashion is still often seen in her Designs for Dennis.
Dennis Chinaworks owes much of its design language and techniques to Moorcroft but their designs are much more free and less connected to the arts and crafts movement.
All items are hand thrown and use the process of sliptrailing with underglaze pigments. Sliptrailing is applying thin lines of liquid clay (slip) to a pot to create an image.
The designs are usually based on nature although geometric patterns and patterns derived from fashion and art are also common. The small factory produces only several hundreds of items a year. The factory produces wares made with a very high standard of craftsmanship, they are therefore very keenly collected and very sought after.