Classic English Kitchen Pottery

CornishwareThe T.G. Green & Company first produced Cornishware in the 1920's in Derbyshire, a county famed for its pottery. The product line’s special characteristic came from the lathe-turning process, which cut clean bands through its beautiful blue slip to show the white clay beneath. It was apparently this that inspired the name, since it reminded one T.G.Green & Co. employee of the clear blues and white-tipped waves of Cornwall.

The range of kitchen and table ware, from the hooped plates to the iconic storage jars, was an immediate success and remained popular from then on. This inspired T.G.Green & Co. to produce more colorrs of Cornishware, and more ranges, including the spotted Domino Ware and the cream and green Streamline Ware.

In the 1960's, Cornishware was updated by a young designer, Judith Onions. It says much for her skill and sensitivity that this restyled range was embraced as warmly as the originals had been. Over the past 20 years, the range has become highly prized by collectors, with the sighting of both rare original designs and Onions classics the subject of much excitement – and ever-increasing prices.

The story was not so happy for T.G.Green & Co. itself, however. It had become increasingly difficult for the Victorian pottery in Derbyshire to compete in the modern age and, after a series of owners had done their best since the Green family sold it in the year 1964, it finally closed in the year 2007.

Cornishware Today

Fortunately, this English classic would not be allowed to expire. Several lifelong admirers of Cornishware teamed together in England to resurrect the company. Online catalog 125WEST.COM has been already active in re-introducing Cornishware into the USA. At present, the factory is focusing on its UK market, but we expect soon to have product available again in the United States.