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Midwinter Kismet

The very impressive decorative pattern on this Midwinter trio is “Kismet”, in production from 1968-1974. The design reflects so well the time in which it was designed – the late 1960s. This was a time of interest in all things Indian, spirituality, batik, psychedelia and The Beatles – amongst other things. It is such a joyful pattern.

The pattern was designed by Joti Bhowmik, who also designed a variation of this design in blue, purple, green and mustard called “Bengal” which was in production from 1968-1970. I haven’t been able to find out any more about Joti Bhowmik unfortunately, and cant find any other patterns them other than Kismet and Bengal.

The forms on which the designs appear are of course the very popular “fine shape” which was designed by the Marquis (David) Queensberry and Roy Midwinter in 1962, and introduced to the market a much stronger and durable ceramic with brighter colours, on a simpler and more modern, functional and streamlined profile.

Midwinter Kismet

Midwinter Kismet

 

Midwinter Kismet

Midwinter Kismet

Midwinter Kismet

Midwinter Kismet

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Carlton Ware Wellington

This very space age looking design is from 1971. It is a design called “Wellington”, and is by Carlton Ware, Stoke-on-Trent, England – a maker normally associated with quite traditional wares.

It was released in a very large range of colours and often with floral patterns, as both dinnerware items and decor items.

The frequent use of floral patterns and “earthy” colours with this smart design seems a quite an incongruous pairing, as florals are not normally something you would associate with “space age design”…… these days anyway.

However this sort of combination could often be seen in the early 1970s – A period that saw simultaneously the revival of studio based craft practices, the “flower power” movement, and the emergence of cutting edge futuristic “space age” design. You can often see this often odd combination of styles in the home magazines of the 1970s.

The intense red glaze on the photo below via the NGV Melbourne is my pick of the best colour-way in this interesting series.

Carlton Ware Wellington

Carlton Ware Wellington, Photo via Etsy Shop “Keepsies”

Carlton Ware Wellington

Carlton Ware Wellington – Photo Ray Garrod

Carlton Ware Wellington

Carlton Ware Wellington – Photo Ray Garrod

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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”