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03/03/2009


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blue domino ware ...

Blue Domino appeals to the house-proud with beauty and utility combined. Who would not delight in the refreshing simplicity of this colour?

Introduced in the thirties by TG Green & Co and produced by Church Gresley craftsmen, blue Domino Ware features regularly spaced white spots achieved by a complex process involving stencils and paper masks. At its peak in the '50s and early '60s, it was withdrawn circa 1966.

I have a small collection, comprising of just three cups and three saucers, all pre the Gayday shape range which was introduced in 1960. I would love more, if only I had a larger kitchen and more shelves!




The advert above features a Man-in-the-Moon chocolate jug, which was made in three sizes.



First recorded advertisement illustrating Domino Ware, published in The Pottery Gazette, April 1934, featuring a young lady of the period enjoying tea and biscuits, in bed of all places!

22 comments:

Magic Cochin said...

Love the use of the second colour - oops! the graphics-nerd side of me slipped out, couldn't help myself!

And lovely dotty cups, I wouldn't say no to tea and bickies in bed :-)

Celia
x

Christy said...

i purchased a blue teapot too this weekend! those teacups are adorable!

Sal said...

I love the domino ware..very fresh.
I do have two pieces of blue and white striped..a jug and a small pudding basin...I love that too.
;-)

summerfete said...

I do love polka dots!

Simone said...

It took me a while to make out the Man-in-the-Moon!!!

acornmoon said...

Do you also like the dotty Susie Cooper designs?

The man in the moon is very subtle, Like Simone it took me a while.

nikkipolani said...

It has a very modern look to it -- and so cheery!

Charli and me said...

Very pretty :>)

twiggypeasticks said...

That is so pretty Louise I love white spotty dots, would make a lovely dress fabric! (Not that I ever wear dresses:)
Twiggy x

Kris said...

Great colour, I love the spots!

méri said...

You find such beautiful things, Louise!

Today I've posted the recipe; now you have some biscuits to enjoy with tea :)

Elizabethd said...

They are so pretty, cheerful just to look at!

LizzieJane said...

What wonderful dishes, I have always loved blue and white for dishes.
x

Rosie said...

I love the blue domino design - it is so pretty, I have a little cornishware bowl - blue and white is always so clean and fresh looking. Some of my ancestors lived in Church Gresley and Swadlincote and a few of them worked in the pottery industry there in the 19th century.

funkymonkey said...

Lovely spottiness!

tracey

cd&m said...

i adore blue domino ware sadly I now have only one cup - and a very clumsy husband.

méri said...

Thinkinf of you:

http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2009/03/viva_le_crepe.html?CMP=OTC-5JF307375954

:)

the homely year said...

I'm sure my mum had a blue and white striped milk jug in the 1950s. Wish I'd got it now...love the spotty ones too...they still look as fresh as ever.
Margaret and Noreen

Barb said...

Love them,they are so cheerful have a blessed day....Barb

Ragged Roses said...

I love Domino ware, it is so cheerful. Unfortunately whenever I find any it's always so expensive!!! The sun is shining here this morning, hope you've got some too
Kimx

Carol said...

Love T G Green too, the blue being my favourite. I have three jugs in the blue.
Had a peep back through your posts, trying to catch up with people. How great to get away for some sun. I have never been there, it does look like a great place to visit. Don't your feel so much better for a little hot sunshine.
Carol x

Wild Rose said...

My Mum has the Cornish Ware from TG Green's and I remember going to buy it from the pottery years ago. She still uses it every day.

I love the polka dots of the domino ware. I hope that you find some more pieces to add to your collection.

Marie x