Since I started my blog ten years ago, Tiffany & Co. discontinued most of its china as well as its much-loved Bamboo sterling flatware, Steuben went out of business (although the Corning Museum of Glass is now reproducing Steuben's designs), and Wedgwood faced an uncertain future. Needless to say, times have been tough for heritage tableware brands, so when a manufacturer succeeds in today's world, it's news worth sharing.
Take hand-crafted Burleighware, for example. The famed English pottery, produced in Stoke-on-Trent for over 160 years, has been collected by generations, and thanks to its charming patterns, its popularity shows no signs of abating. Blue-and-white pottery has been part of the Burleigh repertoire for years, but the firm recently introduced one new pattern and a new color option that seem sure to appeal to traditionalists and modernists alike.
Black Regal Peacock, striking in black and white, is an update of Blue Regal Peacock, a pattern created in 1913 and presented to HM Queen Mary. But this was no mere pattern update facilitated by a computer. Rather, Burleigh went the old-fashioned and tried-and-true route, creating a new hand-engraved copper roller to produce this black pattern. It's nice to see a company staying true to its roots.
Also recently introduced is Burleigh's Dove Grey colorway, available in their Calico, Felicity, and Pantry patterns. I realize that for a number of you, gray is a color that does not always resonate, but I think that Burleigh's new color option is a sensitive update, one that maintains the charm of classic Burleighware.
Below, you'll see a few pieces from both introductions, but be sure to visit the Burleigh website to see the full range. I've also included a video at the end that shows the Black Regal Peacock pottery being crafted by Burleigh artisans. And, if you're so inclined, purchase a piece or two of Burleighware. After all, it's up to us to ensure that Burleigh exists for another 160 years.
Black Regal Peacock:
Dove Grey Pieces:
All images and film courtesy of Burleigh Pottery