We produce a wide range of ceramic enamel printed pottery


Mugs for Schools

Custom Decorated Bone China Plates

Printed Bone China Plates

Custom printed

Mugs for schools

A range of mugs all printed with school badges, crests, and artwork illustrations class names and individual names

The printed mugs are used for:

PRINTED MUGS FOR SCHOOLS - NURSERY - PRIMARY - PREP SCHOOLS - SECONDARY AND ACADEMY SCHOOLS - FURTHER EDUCATION - UNIVERSITIES - COLLEGES - FOR EVENTS - ANNIVERSARIES - COMMEMORATIONS - PRIZES - AWARDS - SCHOOL TRIPS - SPORTS DAYS -School anniversaries and special events and occasions, end of year leavers' presents, classroom and school merit awards, PTA fundraising, sports presentations and prizes, school corporate identity and publicity, school closing mementoes, foreign exchange visit gifts, school business enterprise projects as well as university and college presentations. Printing can be single colour, up to 5 spot colours as well as full colour process ceramic enamel, for reproducing paintings, hand drawings and photographs. 

Also screen printed using 22ct gold or platinum & limited edition numbering. Prices - we can quote once we know which style of mug you would like to use, the quantity required and have sight of the artwork files and pictures.


CLICK to see how to send artwork - info further down this page

Bone china mugs for schools

A range of bone china with seven shapes all printed with school badges, crests, artwork illustrations, class names and individual names

White bone china mugs, seven shapes and sizes are available. 

To see the full range visit the Mug styles & shapes page. Click to view >>>

We provide . . . .


Top quality mugs in white stoneware & bone china

A wide range of mug shapes & styles

Friendly and helpful advice for creative artwork & ordering

Value for money prices

Delivery in the UK and Europe

We also produce presentation, commemorative & anniversary plates

CLICK to see how to send artwork - further down this page

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Additions to your mugs . . . . .

Both the standard mugs and bone china mugs can also be decorated in a variety of ways, front only, front and back, complete wrap around image, or with printing on the back in the form of historical or informative text, individual names and limited edition numbering on the base. 22ct gold or platinum silver line banding on the top rim being an additional option.

Artwork can be in the form of hand drawings to computer artwork and photos. Black and white, sepia or colour photographs can also be reproduced, ceramic enamel print in spot screen printed colour or 300 dots per inch 4 colour process. We can also offer a comprehensive and competitive artwork service.

Print positions on mugs . . .

For both white standard mugs and bone china

Back stamp logos

on the base of mugs

Text strap lines or logos

on the inside top rim

Print in the bottom 

of a mug

Print on the handle

Backstamps . . . . .

For both white standard mugs and bone china, adding special details to the mug base, from limited edition numbering to artwork acknowledgements, school texts and information as well as images.

Click the double arrows bottom right of each image to enlarge.

Types of ceramic enamel printing . . . . .

300dpi 4 colour process laser enamel printing and spot colour printing

For both white standard mugs and bone china

We have two methods of printing, spot colour screen printing and 300dpi full colour process laser enamel printing using a dot matrix of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow & Black. This type of printing is high resolution and is ideal for paintings drawings and photographic artwork and very fine print details. 

Screen printed spot colour enamels are great for solid areas and line artwork, printing 22 ct gold and platinum silver. Spot colours are mixed specially to match a particular shade as closely as possible. 

Full colour laser enamel printing and spot colour printing are both matched to the original artwork as close as the processes and materials allow.

Two examples of 300dpi laser ceramic enamel prints

Two examples of screen printed spot colour prints

Gold & platinum screen printing . . . . .

Click on the black arrows bottom left of 

each image to enlarge to see more detail.

Examples of screen 

printed 22ct gold 

and platinum silver


Gold & platinum mug edge banding . . . . .

22 ct gold or platinum silver banding can be painted on to the top rims of mugs

22ct gold rim on a bone china mug

Mugs with individual names for events and motivation awards  . . . . .

Click the arrows icon bottom right of each image to enlarge.

Names lists and individual names can be printed on the mug back, or incorporated in to the artwork, text and logo - you can easily design your own.

Artwork examples. . . .

Artwotk layout for a school anniversary mug print
Mug print example for a school

Mug wraparound artwork using children’s drawings

Mug artwork from a class recycling awareness project

Cartoon mug print for Great Ormond Street Hospital by quentin blake
Artwork example for a mug print for St Mary's Hall

Mug wraparound artwork by Quentin Blake

Mug artwork for front and back with 300dpi fine prints in dense black

Descriptive texts with artwork layouts

Pen & ink drawings for school mug with commemorative text
Class year names list and badge printed on a school mug

Mug artwork example with different logo print front and back 

and text panel opposite the handle

Mug artwork example school badge on front and year end leavers class list on the reverse

Download the sheet showing how to design school mug artwork as a class project


Click bottom right magnifying glass on picture to enlarge

Download the sheet showing how to set about the class project

We can print up to 40 faces with pupil’s and teacher’s names on the mug print area wrapped around the mug. 

Encourage the use of solid lines, since these will scan the best when the artwork is being prepared. A black felt medium tip pen is best for drawing. The writing needs to be clear and open as the letters a, b, d, e, g, o, p and q, block in very easily when reduced in size, as you will see from the examples and also please ensure that each letter " i " is dotted and that lettering is not “bunched” up. Following these guide lines will help to keep re-touching and re-drawing the artwork and lettering to a minimum. Send the pictures to us 1 face and 1 name per sheet of A4 paper for scanning and we will arrange them and reduce them in size to fit the mug. The pictures can be posted back to you if requested to do so.

Like to proceed with an order ?

CLICK to mug styles and shapes page


Click the mug styles and shapes button, choose a mug and quote the letter code below each mug on that page and stating the quantity required. Our usual minimum order is 54 mugs.


To size your artwork for the mug print area, go to the mug print area guides below.


Artwork: Please supply computer compatible files - email artwork examples - phone if further advice is required.


For spot colour and 4 colour process file types include: .pdf or .eps (with fonts as paths or outlines) Illustrator .ai, InDesign or Word, include Pantone spot colour references.


For 4 colour process supply hi res 350 - 400 pixels per inch .jpg or .tif files that can be 

opened in Photoshop. If these are larger than 4mb then send using DropBox, WeTransfer, Filemail or similar FTP File Transfer Protocol providers, who can accommodate attached larger files than most emails can handle.

For more detailed information on artwork submission and quoting click the Quotes & Ordering button top right of this page. Most mugs and designs require some talking through so don’t forget that for any additional information you can phone 01777 838391 (UK) and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Mug print area guides . . . . . .

Click each link button below to download a .pdf mug print area guide for each bone china style of mug, then import the .pdf in to your graphics programme and create your mug artwork to fit. These are for the cylindrical shaped bone china mugs.

BCTKD mug print area

Packaging, mug boxes & delivery . . . . . .

Mugs parcels to be despatched by FedEx

Supplied as flatpacks and easily made up, these 4" corrugated card mug boxes have a light brown interior and white exterior. 


If using for postage, additional 10mm bubblewrap is recommended as packing around the mug.

If labelling for presentation, we can print some labels specially for you.

Mug boxes made up for packaging
  • Flat pack mug boxes. These 4”cubes fit our standard stoneware mug
  • and the BML bone china shape.
Mugs in boxes ready for despatch on a pallet


All ceramic enamel spot colours are specially mixed and matched as closely as possible to colour samples or Pantone spot colour references.

The glass enamels used for ceramic printing on mugs are based on metal oxides in a glassy matrix and are not organic dyes as are paper printing inks.

The main advantage of these glass enamels is that their colours never fade, and they are microwave and dishwasher proof


Ceramic enamel printing is kiln fired to 850˚C, and is colour fade resistant and durable.

Mixing spot colour enamels for mug printing

Despatch is by FedEx for parcels or Griffins/Palletline for larger 

quantities and you can also collect your order from our studio.

Gallery . . . .

One recent design which may inspire you! Visit this page again - there will be other mug prints to view.

Chris Aston Ceramics

4 High Street


nr Retford


DN22 8AJ

t: 01777 838391


printed mugs for schools, nursery school mugs, primary school mugs, secondary & academy schools mugs, printed mugs for prep schools, further education college mugs, universities mugs for events & anniversaries, prizes, awards, school trips, sports days & foreign exchange visits & national events, school mugs for commemorations & anniversaries