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 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
Upsala Ekeby Kosmos – Berit Ternell
The Kosmos series was designed by Berit Ternell, for Upsala Ekeby-Gefle (Sweden) and produced between 1966 – 1977.
I love the shapes, and the glaze colour of a deep transparent blue with the brown clay showing through on the ridges.
Kosmos came in 2 colour décors – this blue/brown and a green/brown which is much less common.
The following background on Berit Ternell I’ve managed to glean from the Swedish Wikipedia and the Upsala Ekeby Museum site .
Berit Ternell began an apprenticeship at the age of 15 as an apprentice in ceramic design at Stenebyskolan, continuing education she had received at the Society for Industrial school in Gothenburg . She was an intern at Upsala-Ekeby Ltd. and also worked abroad during the 1950s including some time at TG Green in the UK. She was also employed at Bofajans before she worked for a long period be 1957 – 1971 at Gävle Porslinsfabrik where she was chief designer. After working at Gävle, Berit taught at the Industrial Art School (HDK) in Gothenburg for over 20 years. She was also affiliated with the Rorstrand and Reijmyre glassworks. During the 1960s. Berit received a number of scholarships and awards for her designs, including an international award for KOSMOS in Holland in 1967.
Upsala Ekeby – Kosmos Teapot, Berit Ternell
Upsala Ekeby – Kosmos Cup/Saucer, Berit Ternell
Upsala Ekeby – Kosmos Milk Jug, Berit Ternell
Upsala Ekeby – Kosmos Plate, Berit Ternell
Upsala Ekeby – Kosmos Backstamp, Berit Ternell
I have been unable to find an image of the green “Kosmos”, however the same forms of Kosmos were also used on a design called “Cuba” during the same production period. The glaze is a matt speckled brown – very similar in tones and variations to Arabia Finland “Ruska”. Read more