Rory Dobner was born and raised in London and studied at the Chelsea School of Art and Design as well as Central St Martin's, after which he won the coveted title of Burns Young Artist of the Year. He has worked with an impressive variety of clients on commissions, from Soho House to Waitrose to Robert Downey Jr. He works in a variety of mediums, including crockery, tiles and textiles, and his work has been exhibited all over the world. And yet Dobner's style has never strayed far from the influences of his British heritage.
His work is characterised by a delightful detail and illustrative style that puts one in mind of Alice's Wonderland. His inspiration comes from the trinkets and treasures to be found around London's streets and markets and his mind is a treasure chest of images and impressions that he translates into pieces that have been widely celebrated and coveted.
His love of his English heritage feeds his work. 'Cream teas... anoraks... buses... and umbrellas' are just a few of the quintessentially English elements he lists on his website as his favourites. This national pride and loyalty also translate into his business which is "a British brand". This means that once his designs are ready, they are sent to David in Stoke on Trent, "situated right bang slap in the middle of our enchanting isle", to craft the final ceramic by hand. As if that wasn't all British enough, it is the institution that is Liberty's of London that stock the widest range of Dobner's art. An Englishman through and through.