In 2007, the quintessential British kitchenware company Cornishware went into receivership. Since 1926, the famous blue and white hooped designs had been widespread across Britain and indeed, the world. Just like the Mini car, the Wellington boot and a game of cricket, Cornish Kitchen Ware was cemented as a British classic. Cartoons, television programmes and magazines had all given the hooped plates and jars further recognition to a wider audience.
The Cornish Kitchen Ware designs were first drawn up by T.G.Green & Co in the famous English pottery county of Derbyshire. However, its name would be taken from another county, that of Cornwall in the south west of England. This was due to the lathe-turning process which led to a white and blue hooped quality which reminded a T.G.Green & Co worker of the waves around Cornwall.
Over the next decades, Cornishware grew in popularity and the numbers and types of items made were increased. This was further enhanced during the 1960s when a young designer by the name of Judith Onions restyled a number of kitchen ware ranges and further increased the company’s popularity. Nowadays, collectors seek out Onion inspired designs and often pay high prices for the now rare original pieces.
Unfortunately, as the decades progressed and the increase of foreign markets imposed themselves on the United Kingdom, so the Victorian style pottery company floundered. However, Cornishware has not been allowed to die out completely. Fans of the old kitchen ware maker have gathered together and restored the classic blue and white hoop designs.
Charles Rickards, chief of Chomette Cookware and Perry Haydn Taylor a branding consultant and designer have created a small business and website dedicated to selling and keeping the famous kitchen designs in the wider public eye. From their website one can buy a variety of products including mugs, cups, plates, bowls, jugs, jars as well as tableware and cookware.
For more information about its history and products visit the Cornishware website.