Monday, May 30, 2011

Ode to Vintage Pottery

As this is my first post, I thought it should in some way introduce the theme of the blog.  As this blog is a sort of ode to vintage style (metaphorically at least), I thought it would be appropriate to write about Ode, a beautiful stoneware pattern which was made by Denby in the 60's and 70's.

Ode was based on the shapes which Kenneth Clark developed for the original Gourmet line (introduced by Denby in 1957).  Ode, designed by the celebrated Glyn Colledge, was decorated with a sgraffito Greek Key pattern and glazed in antique gold (often referred to as "mustard yellow").  The interiors of the cups and bowls were glazed in a bright white.

My sources don't seem to agree on this pattern's date of introduction.  According to the Denby website, it was introduced in the 50's; according to "Denby Pottery 1908-1997", it was introduced in the early 60's. 

This is a truly gorgeous pattern, and the gently curving shapes make these pieces a joy to hold.  At the California State Fair, Ode won a Gold Medal for Excellence.

For more pictures of this gorgeous pattern, I recommend visting Retro Pottery Net, where Ray Garrod has posted some beautiful photographs of casseroles, a gravy boat and a cup and saucer set.

Denby History
Hopwood, Irene & Gordon. Denby Pottery 1809-1997. Somerset: Richard Dennis, 1997.