I LOVE TG Green! They are the orignal manufacturers of Cornishware – recognisable by the distinctive blue and white stripe. It’s such as simple design, but I think it’s just so classic looking. It’s definitely going to play a big part in my future kitchen, so for now I’m slowly collecting bits and bobs – old and new.
I’m buying most of my TG Green items from ebay at the moment. Not only is it cheaper, but you get the thrill of the chase plus some classic vintage items too.
Cornish Kitchen Ware was first produced in 1926 by TG Green & Co in Church Gresley, Derbyshire, a county famed for its pottery. The range’s special characteristic came from the lathe-turning process, which cut clean bands through its beautiful blue slip to show the white clay beneath. It was apparently this that inspired the name, since it reminded one T.G.Green & Co. employee of the clear blues and white-tipped waves of Cornwall.
The story was not so happy for TG Green & Co. itself, however. It had become increasingly difficult for the Victorian pottery in Derbyshire to compete in the modern age and, after a series of owners had done their best since the Green family sold it in 1964, it finally closed in 2007.
But this English classic could not be allowed to die. Fortunately, Cornishware had fans in the right places. Lifelong admirer Charles Rickards, now boss of Chomette cookware, teamed up with designer and branding consultant Perry Haydn Taylor, whose wife Vik is an avid Cornishware collector, to come to the rescue. Together, they have the business expertise and passion to restore the classic blue and white hoops to their rightful position.
I plan on using TG Green both as decorative items and as usable crockery. I’d like to get some brand new plates and bowls which can be used as our main dishes. I don’t see the point of buying things you love, just for them to sit untouched on a dresser for years! Although I do plan on buying a dresser also, but my items are going to get used all the time!!