Blue and white striped jugs, bread bins and bowls were part of my childhood. I didn’t give them a second thought. What I didn’t know, one of the many things I didn’t know, is that back in the 1950′s TG Green, the British company responsible for all that blue and white china known as Cornishware, had experimented with a red and white version but had abandoned the line when they found it difficult to consistently get the color they wanted. The few red and striped pieces that were produced promptly became collectors items.
Half a century later they tried again, and succeeded. You can now buy the complete Cornishware range in the red and white stripes.
T.G. Green draw parallels between their newly revived range and British icons such at the ref post boxes, fire engines, telephone booths , or ‘phone boxes’ as they are known in the UK and the classic Route master double decker bus. I’ve always assumed that all of these items were painted red so that they stood out against the general street scene. We should be grateful that when they were designed fluorescent yellow and orange were not available.
The full collection of blue and white striped china is still available is still available from TG Green along with the range that was previously known as ‘the elusive red’. For me there is something very reassuring and homely about the blue and white. Add it to the Christmas list please.