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Designer Talks: Anna Weatherley

Anna Weatherley created the Magnolia Residence China for the White House in 2009, and a table setting for the Official Guest House for the White House: the Blair House. She designed a special collection of plates for a dinner at the Buckingham Palace for the Prince of Wales. She was also commissioned to create a pair of hand painted cachepots as a gift for Princess Diana for her visit to Washington, D.C. Recently Chris Wallace interviewed her on Fox News in her Washington, D.C. studio. Earlier in her career she was designing one-of-kind chiffon dresses for Henri Bendel, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue. Find out more about her inspirations and design strategy.

Do you have a greatest career moment? If so, what was it?

When I received a commission from the White House to create a dinner service.

What was your most challenging career moment?

When I received a request to create 150 dinner plates for a dinner hosted by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.

What do you consider to be your design expertise?

I specialize in recreating 17th and 18th century botanical art.

Is it difficult to strike a balance between your creativity and the objective for commercial success?

I have been designing porcelain based on botanical art for 26 years, and fortunately I have been successful doing this for all these years. I do not have to compromise.

Is there one design or collection that changed everything for you? What was it? And what do you think of it today?

My very first design was a plate painted with tiny butterflies 26 years ago and today it is still my best seller.

My very first design was a plate painted with tiny butterflies 26 years ago and today it is still my best seller.

How many Forty One Madison Tabletop shows have you attended?

For 26 years I have been exhibiting at DeVine Corporation's showroom Forty One Madison.

Is there one person who you admire?

My greatest mentor - and I will always be very grateful to him - is David Spalding, who was a buyer for many years at Neiman Marcus. He believed in me and helped me to develop many successful collections.

What is your favorite gift that you have ever received?

I have received recently a book from the director of the White House Historical Association published by the White House featuring my porcelain in the book on three pages.

What do you use on your table?

Always my latest collection.