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 , Photo Ray Garrod
T G Green Sark , Photo Ray Garrod
T G Green Sark – Image via Etsy Shop “Vetternwirtschaft”
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. (see first comment below in comments section regarding new information that has been clarified regarding the dates and the timeline for the introduction of Cornishware)
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