T G Green Cornishware
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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 .