Cotswold Sheep


A Cotswold Lion Sheep hand-painted the classic Balmoral bone china mug.  If you look at the pictures you’ll see some are more grey some more yellow and some more brown.  This is one of our most popular mugs please choose which colour you’d like below from the dropdown

All mugs can be customised with your message/name/dob please add the mug to your basket and at checkout, you will be invited to add personalisation.  Please note that customising your mug will mean a delay of 3-4 days in posting.  See customising options for our various product click here



Each Cotswold Sheep mug is unique.  Working from a photograph I have taken I paint the mugs in batches of about 6 so that there is consistency in the colours of a few sheep.  The nature of the paint means I build layers of colour which creates texture on the mug and adds to their vibrancy.  The paints are ceramic and once dry are baked in the oven to cure the paint which makes them dishwasher proof.  The mugs we have chosen to use are beautifully thin bone china, just right for a lovely cup of tea or coffee.   These sheep are all on our classic Balmoral stock which gives you a large tea mug.  To see more information and compare sizes link here.

About this Cotswold Sheep

Cotswold Lion sheep are charming, they have this fantastic curly fleece which often falls and covers their eyes.  I took the picture for this mug early one morning just outside Stroud in Gloucestershire.  I love the way the sheep looked at me – it has a sort of “what do you want” look about it.  It’s one of the mugs that most makes me laugh every time I use it.  The Cotswold Lion has an important role in the history of the Cotswold, the Romans developed sheep farming on their big estates around Cirencester. They were perhaps building on methods and techniques learnt from the Celtic Britons. It is probable that in Roman Britain the sheep were smaller and therefore produced less wool. Find out more

All the Cotswold sheep have a backside on the back side of the mug.  Most of the mugs assume that the right hand is used to pick up the mug and you would like to look at the picture as you drink.   If you would like a lefthanded mug please email me and I will create it for you.  You will need to allow at least one week for the mug to be completed.

Customise Your Cotswold Sheep

Customise your Cotswold sheep with a message, a name, a date of birth in all or one of 4 places.  Either side of the handle, between the pictures or on the bottom of the mug.  You will be given the option at checkout to add personalised messages.  The messages are handwritten on to the mugs and you can choose capitals, mixed case or lower case.  We will ask you to supply the spelling by email to ensure we don’t make any errors.  See examples here

Care for your mug

The painted mugs have a texture created by the build-up of the paint.  They are dishwasher safe and fade safe.  Do not use abrasive cloths or scourers on the painting and it can damage or remove the paint.

Shipping and Packing

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