About Jenny Mein Designs
Jenny Mein, a former international magazine food editor was inspired by memories of the flowering plants and fruits of her childhood’s beautiful family garden on an old sugar estate in Jamaica to design a range of hand-painted fine bone china tableware and giftware using the fruit of the Ackee as the central motif. She launched the Jamaican Ackee fine bone china collection in London in 1998 and was greatly encouraged by the marvellous response to the china and subsequent features in magazines and newspapers both in the United Kingdom and Jamaica to set up her company, Jenny Mein Designs and accompanying website.
The china collection includes coffee mugs, salad plates, fruit bowl, square candy dish, pill boxes and more.
Jenny Mein was born in Jamaica and has lived in London for many years and has maintained her love of Jamaica and its rich cultural heritage. She honed her botanical painting skills at The Hobbyceram International School of Decorative Arts founded in Milan, Italy, which specialises in botanical painting on porcelain.
In 1981 she married John Mein and helped with the enormous task of restoring their elegant Georgian house, re-creating and re-designing the family garden which they opened to the public twice a year under the National Gardens Scheme. They have a son Alexander.
Jenny Mein has pursued many projects including compiling a book of 18th century Jamaican plantation houses and a book of favourite recipes contributed by prominent Caribbean women. She is a member of The Friends of the Georgian Society of Jamaica in London which works to preserve Jamaica's unique architectural heritage. Her interests include art and design, food, gardening, botanical painting, books, tennis, Colonial & Georgian architecture in particular the Great Houses of Jamaica.
Jenny Mein Designs are carefully produced to capture the essence and beauty of Caribbean gardens with their abundance of fruit trees and flowering plants. The china is produced exclusively under patent and manufactured using traditional methods at Stoke-on-Trent, England.