Elmley Hen


This hen runs free all day on Elmley Nature Reserve in Kent.  Hand-painted the classic Balmoral bone china mug on the large Balmoral bone china with ceramic paints and then baked, these mugs are dishwasher proof.

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.

Only 3 left in stock (can be backordered)


Each hen 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 chickens.  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 hens 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 Elmley Hen

Hens are a lovely subject to paint.  Many of my pictures are taken at Elmley Nature Reserve in Kent.  The hens run free with the guinea fowl and the turkey.  They have a fantastic range of hens so many of the different ones on the site are Elmley hens.  If you have your own hens and would like one painted on to a mug or plate please our bespoke ordering process

All the hens have a hen’s bottom 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 Elmley Hen

Customise your hen 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/recycling etc

Please see our shipping and packaging information.  We review this regularly and will add in new options when we can. Shipping will be calculated when you enter your address.

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