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T G Green Sark

I have previously written about the T G Green Channel Islands series by Judith Onions and Martin Hunt c1968. This now quite rare series consisted of 5 very bold designs with completely different designs, and one of them was SARK – which I have only ever come across in person once previously. Each of the series was made in several colours – Honey, Grey, Blue, Green, Brown and Orange.

I recently found 2 Sark pieces picture below in the first 2 photographs – in the lovely honey and black colour.  I love the deeply carved ridges on this design and the black banding which really sets the design off. Also quite beautiful is the finely textured chamotte style clay which shows through the semi transparent honey coloured glaze.

I had never seen this design in other colours until I was searching the web and found a Sark variation in grey on Etsy, also pictured below. The white banding detail on this version against the grey glaze makes for a really timeless yet contemporary design I think.

You can see my previous post on the Channel Islands series HERE

T G Green Sark

T G Green Sark , Photo Ray Garrod

T G Green Sark

T G Green Sark , Photo Ray Garrod

 

T G Green Sark

T G Green Sark – Image via Etsy Shop “Vetternwirtschaft”

Roy Midwinter at Federated Potteries Staffordshire

Roy Midwinter (1922-1990) left the Midwinter Pottery in 1981 and moved to Federated Potteries in Stoke on Trent. (Midwinter Pottery was owned by Wedgwood post 1970 and closed in 1987).

While at Federated Potteries Roy designed a striking, but little known range of patterns including “Safari” (1986) pictured below, which echoed an increasing public interest in the designs of the 1950s.

Other designs by Roy Midwinter at Federated Potteries during this period were Calypso, Fireball and Tropicana – all with the nod to the 1950’s but having a much more 1980s or Memphis Style vibe to them I think.

Safari is by far my favourite.

 

Roy Midwinter Safari

Roy Midwinter Safari

Roy Midwinter Safari

Roy Midwinter Safari

Roy Midwinter Safari

 

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Portmeirion Tivoli

This beautifully graphic pattern consisting of bold geometric shapes is “Tivoli”, designed by Susan Williams-Ellis for Portmeirion in 1964. It was created on the  striking “Serif” shape like many others by Ellis in the 1960s. The name “Tivoli” is a reference to the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, which inspired Ellis to create this pattern.

The design came in 2 colour schemes – chocolate brown and turquoise, and an olive green and turquoise. Originally the design was created in brighter colours – pink/blue and violet/grey/red – but Ellis was persuaded to go with the more subtle colour schemes.

Pictured is a storage jar from the series with its original lid – often now seen with cork lids.

Only in production for a few years as apparently it was not as successful as some of the other designs from Portmerion in the same era – although hard to see why!

Portmeirion Tivoli

Portmeirion Tivoli

Portmeirion Tivoli

Portmeirion Tivoli

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