Friday, 11 February 2011

It's nearly Spring... but lets look at Midwinter!

After reading blogs for many years now, i love looking at your finds.  I love mid-century kitchenalia.  As most of the blogs i read are in the US, I find it hard to track down the beautiful Atomic pottery you girls write about..... But wait... England is the home of pottery!  Mid-winter is by far my fav!
Midwinter Sienna
Midwinter pottery was founded in Burslem,Stoke-on-Trent in 1910, it was the largest of Eng lands Potteries, employing over 700 people.  Before it's closure in April 1987 had been responsible for over 5000 tableware designs.

 In the 1950s, under the leadership of the director Roy Midwinter, the company became one of the leading innovators in British tableware production. A large part of this was due to the noted ceramicists and designers who worked for the pottery, including Jessie Tait, Terence Conran, Hugh Casson, John Russell and Peter Scott.  

Plant Life by Sir Terence Conran
Spanish Garden Design by Jessie Tait
Prior to WWII they manufactured rather fussy traditional chinaware but after looking to California pottery designers like Eva Zeisel and Russell Wright, Midwinter streamlined their shapes and produced colourful and abstract patterns that better reflected the new home interiors of the 1950s. 
Midwinter Carmen Tureen

Homemaker dinner plate

Red Domino Collection...swoop..drool... want!
Stylecraft was launched in February 1953, in 36 contemporary patterns, the most famous and collectible of these probably being "Red Domino", "Homeweave", "Riviera", and "Primevera".

Midwinter Home Weave
 My Midwinter :) look what my boyfriend picked up from a charity shop for me today, for 99p!! :) The start off my Midwinter collection.


3 comments:

  1. Ooh! I'm not much of a brown fan but I love that first pattern!

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  2. Great designs! I love Staffordshire pottery. It's the BEST.

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  3. Me too! I have some Sienna, and Homemaker and I realy want some of that red domino!

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