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T G Green Cornishware

Cornishware Jam Jar T G Green

T G Green Cornishware

T.G. Green & Co was originally founded by Thomas Goodwin Green of Boston, Lincolnshire in around 1864 in an existing pottery in Church Gresley, Derbyshire. Most people immediately recognise T G Green by its now iconic blue and white striped “Cornishware”. The pottery however produced hundreds of other designs which are less well known.

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. (see first comment below in comments section regarding new information that has been clarified regarding the dates and the timeline for the introduction of Cornishware) 

By the 1930s, the Cornishware range was well established with a thriving export business. Cornishware was widely sold in the UK through major department stores. Stores would carry stock of the standard range of lettered jars such as Flour, Sugar, Salt, Currants, Sultanas, Raisins, Tea and Coffee but the housewife was able to make request to the store for her own lettered jars from the factory. Cornishware is still in production today, and the older pieces – especially the jars – are highly valued.

Blue and white is the most common and popular colourway in Cornishware – but over time there have been at least 12 variations in colours – you can see a most of them on the Cornishware.biz site linked below.

T G Green - Traditional Form Canister

T G Green – Traditional Form Canister

T G Green 1950s catalogue brochure

T G Green 1950s catalogue brochure

T G Green 1928 catalogue brochure

T G Green 1928 catalogue brochure

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 alongside the traditional forms and which have also become highly prized by collectors.

T G Green, Judith Onions Design Egg Cups

T G Green, Judith Onions Design Egg Cups, with the Judith Onions backstamp.

T G Green, Judith Onions Design Salt Pepper

T G Green Cornishware, Judith Onions Design Mustard Pot

T G Green Cornishware, Judith Onions Cup Shape

T G Green Cornishware, Judith Onions Cup Shape

T G Green Cornishware, Judith Onions Teapot

T G Green Cornishware, Judith Onions Teapot in the “Gold” variation.

T G Green Cornishware, Berit Ternell Design

T G Green Cornishware, Berit Ternell Design Image via C20Collector Etsy //c20Collector.com

Berit Ternell Casserole

T G Green Cornishware, Berit Ternell Casserole, Yellow Variation – Image via Cornishware.biz (linked below)

T G Green 1960s catalogue flyer

T G Green 1960s catalogue flyer

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.

T G Green and Cornishware collecting is a whole world within itself, and what I have outlined here is merely an introduction to a a vast amount of designs.

If you are interested in finding out more about T G Green and Cornishware, here are some useful resources (click on the links)

T G Green Website ( Current retail site with a history)

Dr. Iain Hambling, T G Green Archivist

Backstamps and more At Cornishware.biz

The T G Green Museum on Pinterest which has a virtual catalogue of all known T.G.Green & Co Ltd patterns between 1864 – 2007

There is also a very good FACEBOOK page for all things TG Green .

 

 

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  1. It should be worth noting that the suggestion of Cornish Ware production beginning in 1926 was recently proven to be wrong by the diaries of Tooth & Co Bretby Art Pottery owner Frederick Parker. His handwritten diaries show he came to T.G.Green in 1919 and had a Blue & White striped range, known as ‘E-Blue’ in production by 1922, subsequently named Cornish Kitchen Ware in 1923 after the introduction of Cornish China Clay into the local clay that stopped firing issues in the kiln. This of course disproves the notion of a salesman from Church Gresley going to Cornwall and envisaging the range given the named salesman was only 14 at the time. The first sales document that shows the notion of ‘white waves and blue sky’ doesn’t appear until 1939, some 16 years after production began.

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    September 9, 2017
    • Ray #

      Thanks for that info Iain. I will put a sentence up the top of the post to direct the reader to your comments.

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      September 11, 2017

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