Berit Ternell “Fleur”, T G Green
This design really stood out to me, and I was surprised to see a T.G. Green backstamp on the back as it looked so Scandinavian in style when I came across it at an auction some time ago (but didn’t purchase because of the poor condition of many of the pieces).
It turns out the design, labelled “Fleur” is by none other than Berit Ternell, the very well known and respected Swedish designer. She was commissioned by T G Green in 1961 to design a twist on “Cornishware” along with Judith Onions. In addition to re-designing some of the Cornishware forms, Berit Ternell came up with this very Scandinavian looking and popular design called “Fleur”. It was a full oven to table and kitchen range.
Fleur Design, Berit Ternell for T G Green
We see so much of T G Green’s “Cornishware” it is easy to forget that dozens of other designs were produced by this iconic British pottery. There is a comprehensive visual catalogue of most of the T G Green designs on Pinterest here.
Below are some more examples of “Fleur” from the T G Green Pinterest page: Read more
T G Green Channel Islands Series
Judith Onions had already successfully restyled the Cornish Ware range in 1968 when she was joined by Martin Hunt RDI to design an entirely new range.
They produced four clear, bold and very British designs (each with a very different pattern). They named them after the English Channel Islands Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and later Herm.
Pieces in the Jersey and Sark designs seem to be the easiest to get hold of these days. My favourites are the blue Jersey and Sark in any colour as it has such a fantastic texture created by the ribbed design.
Each of The Channel Islands designs was produced in a number of colours – Honey, Grey, Blue, Green, Brown & Orange.
T G Green – Jersey Blue Tea Cup – Judith Onions
T G Green – Jersey Blue Coffee Pot – Judith Onions
T G Green Alderney – Pinterest page for 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.
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.
T G Green – Traditional Form Canister
T G Green 1950s catalogue brochure
T G Green 1928 catalogue brochure