I was reminded of this fantastic retro design recently when I found some interesting variations of the design on Etsy.
The full name of the design is Hornsea Lancaster Vitramic, “Muramic” .
It was made at the Hornsea Lancaster site 1977-1980, where the the award wining “Contrast” design amongst others was also made.
There are a number of different designs within the “Muramic” series, but the most commonly seen items are variations of the round shallow dish.
Other products included some fantastic wall plaques like the one pictured below, and even jewellery (very hard to find now)
Hornsea Lancaster Vitramic “Muramic” Design variation.
Hornsea Lancaster Vitramic “Muramic” Design Variation via VintageGirlUK on Etsy
Hornsea Pottery, Lancaster Vitramic “Contrast” has become a British design icon. It won the British Design Council awards for design in the 1970s. It features a stunning chocolate velvety matt brown glaze with a black gloss band and bright white interior. The forms are simple, elegant and beautiful – they remind me of the purity of the forms of Denby Chevron with its clean, elegant lines and forms.
A brief history of the design:
In 1972, after years of compromise by adapting and adding to their first factory, Hornsea Pottery needed to expand due to its success. A new (second) site was found and the official opening took place in 1976. The first three ranges produced at the Lancaster factory received Design Council Awards and with them Hornsea Pottery enhanced its already worldwide reputation.
Hornsea Pottery had marked its silver jubilee in 1974 by launching a celebration range of products and this led to a collaboration with Lord David Queensberry and Martin Hunt. Together, in 1974, they produced a very successful range of “Lancaster Vitramic” tableware designs, starting with Contrast. Read more