TG Green

TG Green first pottery was purchased in 1864, but it was not till 1883, in a state-of-the-art factory that the company really took off.  By the 1930s they were producing an enormous diversity of products  including kitchen wares, hospital wares, government measures, domestic stoneware and black lustre ware.  The company has been through difficulties but is still operating and making Cornish Ware today.

Their most popular range is the Blue & White striped Cornish Ware range, supposedly named after the skies of Cornwall. Cornish Ware has been much copied.

Cornish Ware was launched in late 1926 and won award for its cleanliness, was exported to Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Originally it was only made in Blue and yellow, but in the 1950s ‘Sunlit Yellow’, ‘Cornish Gold’, ‘Red’ and experiments in ‘Black’ and ‘Green’ were made.  After Judith Onions redesigned the shapes in the 1960s, other colours have also been made.

On barrel items, the white slip ware was sprayed blue and then the white bands were cut in with a lathe.  On flat plates, the bands were spray painted with a hand-gun. The handles were applied by hand. so every piece is unique.

They also produced the Repton range in a rich brown striped and beaded pattern common to many traditional English and Scottish stoneware storage pots in 1965.  They were sold through the Woollands department store in Knightsbridge London.

TG Green produced many other patterns, including the popular Safari, Gingham (checks) and Domino Ware (spots).  For more patterns goto

The following website has pages of information about T.G. Green Cornish Ware to help date your pieces

Ref: ‘Cornish Ware – Kitchen and Domestic Pottery by T.G. Green of Church Gresley Derbyshire’, Paul Atterbury, Published by Richard Dennis, England 1996.

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