In 1926, T.G. Green began producing its famous "Cornish" kitchenware in Church Gresley - using a lathe-turning technique which scraped the blue slip away from the pottery to reveal white bands of clay below. Apparently those stripes were reminiscent of the blue skies and white-crested waves of Cornwall, and this is said to be how Cornishware got its name.
|Via TG Green Museum on Pinterest.|
The traditional Cornishware jar shape - depending
on the rarity, the label, and age these jars can
reach very high prices amongst collectors.
In the 1960s new designers joined TG Green from the Royal College of Art - Scandinavian designer Berit Ternell and British Judith Onions, who restyled the Cornishware range to give it the distinctive shapes that are still used today, (along with the traditional forms) and which have become highly prized by collectors.
Below: a number of pieces I have had recently from the Judith Onions re-design of Cornishware.
Judith Onions had already successfully restyled the Cornish Ware range in 1968 when she was joined by Martin Hunt to design an entirely new range. They produced four clear, bold and very British designs (each with a very different pattern). They named them after the English Channel Islands Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and later - Herm.
Each of The Channel Islands designs was produced in a number of colours, but the most common ones you will probably see are blue, black, and honey
|T G Green Jersey Blue Coffee Mug I bought recently.|
|T G Green - Jersey Blue egg cups - via Pinterest page of the T G Green Museum|
|The Channel Islands "Sark" design in Honey colour|
via the TG Green Museum on Pinterest.
- T G Green Website ( Current retail site with a history)
- The T G Green Musuem on Pinterest which has a virtual catalogue of all known T.G.Green & Co Ltd patterns between 1864 - 2007
- T G Green Facebook page
TG Green as it was closed in 2007, but was rescued by enthusiasts Charles Rickards and Paul Burston who teamed up with designer and brand consultant, Perry Haydn Taylor. Today the company is now as busy and as popular as it ever was.