Friend Of The Month, May – Cosmo China



This month I would like to introduce Cosmo China. Cosmo is the name given to the studio and two shops selling hand painted china and porcelain owned and run by the Firmin family. Charlotte, Josie & Katy are three sisters and part of the distinguished Firmin family. Their Father, Peter Firmin is the famous animator and artist who with Oliver Postgate created such cult children’s programmes as ‘Bagpuss’ and ‘Ivor The Engine’, amongst many others.

They have two shops, one in Bloomsbury, London and one in Palace Street, Canterbury, which is where I discovered them back in 1993 when I was penniless and working over the road in Canterbury Cathedral, often buying something every month (which I am still using 16 years later and putting in the dishwasher every day!).

They have an extensive range of china, which is all hand painted and unique, in a range of themes, often using animals and nature depicted in bright vibrant colours. They also do a lot of commissioned work for special occasions or can paint china, dinner or tea services to your own specification.

For more information on Cosmo and their contact details, you can visit their website:

Please mention how you discovered them when you get in contact. I cannot reccomend their work more highly. I am cheered up every morning as I use tea mugs, which are covered in brightly painted smiling cats, 16 years on!