London-based artist Ali Miller sold out of a line of tea sets just minutes after it appeared in an episode of popular BBC detective series ‘Sherlock’.
Super-sleuth viewers, who spotted Sherlock pouring from Ali’s teapot and his arch enemy Moriarty sipping from one of her cups, dashed to their computers to trace the design and place orders.
Ali, who graduated from the University of Brighton with a BA(Hons) in fine art and sculpture, said: “There are many independent small businesses out there like mine which are creating their own things, but not everybody gets their work shown on something like the BBC – and on an iconic programme that gets shown all around the world. To have that kind of exposure is something money can’t buy.”
It was while at a friend’s house that Ali received the good news that her Home Sweet Home tea set, featuring maps of the UK and Ireland, had made an appearance in the second series of ‘Sherlock’. And later that evening, she found that she had sold out of everything with that design.
Ali said she had no idea her tea set would be featured in on the show. “I’m very thankful for such an amazing opportunity and that the pieces have been so well received,” she said. “There’s nothing better than knowing so many people are getting enjoyment from my work.”
For more information on Ali go to: http://alimiller.co.uk/
Ali Miller holding pieces from the Home Sweet Home range. Each item features a hand-applied design of a black and white UK and Ireland weather map