Another of my Denby favourites is “Troubador” (sic). You will also see it spelled Troubadour, but the first spelling is the original spelling by Denby.
Designed in the early 1970s.
It is beautifully simple and delicate pattern of superbly hand painted magnolias with leaves in soft greens and pale browns with the faintest touch of dusty pink, on a simple stone coloured stoneware.
I really like the forms of the 1960s – early 1970’s Denby – especially forms such as the bowls and plates in this series.
Timeless but contemporary at the same time – and gaining popularity to a new generation currently.
The pattern, form design and quality production of this dinnerware is sadly almost non existent these days – apart from hand made studio pottery – which this most closely resembles.
Denby Ode (glaze and pattern) was created by Glynn Colledge, issued by Denby in 1961 and in production until about the late 1970’s.
I love the colour of the satin-matt mustard glaze – referred to by Denby as Antique Gold. The colour also matches the stoneware body really well, and contrasts with the bright white interior of many of the forms. The plates from “Ode” are stunning pieces of design with their beautiful Greek key sgraffito design in white.
Gill Pemberton tells me that the forms for this series were actually designed by Kenneth Clark who also designed the Gourmet range – a shape that was later used for Studio, as well as Ode and Echo (a blue version of Ode).
We don’t hear much of Kenneth Clark (1922 -2012) these days, but click on the link on his name above to read about his importance to British Design in the 20th century.
He took a domestic product that had become boring in its ubiquity and transformed it with technical knowledge and design flair into a vehicle of delight and usefulness. His designs honoured the traditions of studio pottery while incorporating the technical innovations of commercial potteries
Denby Ode Teapots
Denby Ode Teapot (inside view)
Denby Ode Sauce Salt/Pepper
Denby Ode Sauce Boat/Saucer
Denby Potters Wheel
Denby “POTTERS WHEEL” was designed by David Yorath, 1973.
The forms for this dinnerware were actually designed by Gill Pemberton in her Bokhara series, and given a new life with David’s pattern & colours.
Potter’s Wheel was produced between 1974 and 1987. It has a simple otameal and iron oxide brown glaze and simple pattern of concentric circles.
There are varations in the intensity of the colours much like other Denby stoneware.
The centre area of the plates was glazed in either a rust, yellow, green or blue colour (but finding a plate other than in rust colour is very rare these days)
Denby Potter’s Wheel
Denby Potter’s Wheel Plate
Denby Potter’s Wheel Bowl
Denby Potter’s Wheel Plates
Denby Potter’s Wheel
Denby Potter’s Wheel Colours
There was also a range of giftware designed to match this set which I really like. Each piece is different because they were hand-painted. The range seems to consist of vases, jardinieres, and small bowls. I really like the texture and finish of these pieces and their design is timeless. David also made a number of one off pieces in similar colour-ways to these. Read more