What a charming design. This is “Whispering Grass”, by Jessie Tait for Midwinter in 1960.
It is a transfer printed design of the flowering whispering grass, hand coloured in lilac and yellow. As with all of Jessie Tait’s designs – beautifully drafted, detailed, and balanced – as well as sitting so well on the forms.
The hollow ware of all the series is in this very soft but vibrant lilac on the outside – a colour you rarely see on dinnerware. Whispering Grass seems to be quite a rare design, and hard to find now.
For the export market the lilac on the hollow ware was replaced with black instead – but I haven’t been able to locate any images of this variation.
Midwinter Red Domino
“Red Domino” was designed by Jessie Tait for Midwinter c 1956.
It was one of the most popular of the “Stylecraft” shapes by Midwinter (1953 + ).
The design made a feature of the rim on the Stylecraft shapes. It was so popular it was produced in a number of variants and colours over a number of years.
A hand painted design – It is one of those classics that just screams 1950s to me. Its interesting as well that anything with polka dots seems to be really popular – combine that with red – and you have a highly desirable combination.
It was so popular that 20 Paintresses were employed on this pattern alone.
Other colours released in the Domino design were Blue Domino 1956, and a Green (made in less quantities). There is also a Black Domino which is very rare and hard to find.
Red Domino continued to be used as a variation on the “Fashion Shape” and was also adapted for the “Fine Shape”.
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Midwinter Sienna was designed by Jessie Tait (1928-2010) for Midwinter in 1962 on the “Fine” shape/series.
The forms for the “Fine” series were designed by David Queensbury and Roy Midwinter. The forms of the series were a departure from the flowing organic shapes of the 1950s and featured straight sided, cylindrical, stackable forms. The clay body chosen for the series was also a stronger and whiter clay from previous productions.
Jessie Tait designed a huge number of patterns for this shape – and Sienna became one of the most popular, continuing in production until 1978.
Sienna is a transfer print in fine stripes of subtle khaki green and orange, overlaid with black lines.
Having a look at the images below it is easy to see why this design was so popular in its time, and continues to be popular on the secondary market to this day.
Midwinter Sienna Cup & Saucer
Midwinter Sienna Coffee Pot
Midwinter Sienna Coffee Pot – Lid Detail
Midwinter Sienna Teapot
Midwinter Sienna Sauce Jug