Why Is This Catching My Eye?

Why is this catching my eye?

We may be waiting for the best of summer to happen, and the love affair with vintage china decorated with pretty florals and spots continues unabated for most people, but these cups, soup bowls and saucers have got me in a spin. I have walked away from them twice in our local Age Concern Warehouse, but eventually the pull was just too great. I am officially into TAMS Ware.

Having done a little research into the brand, TAMS WARE was made in Longton, Stoke on Trent, from 1875 to 2000. The pieces that are catching my eye are from the 1960’s and 70’s and are chunky earthenware in dull, autumnal shades of olive, brown and soft tan. The little handles on the soup bowls are so retro, I can’t wait to make soup and serve it up in these beauties.

Very often when something appeals to you, but surprises you in its appeal, it’s nice to know why, so I did a little research  on WGSN to see what might be coming through, and the  TAMS Ware patterns and colours very much tie in with the A/W11/12 Country Girl Knitwear story with handcrafted 70’s inspired details in a palette of rustic brights, and the continuing  folksy feel of last Autumn. The organic, yet geometric patterns on the pottery will certainly have me reaching for my pins to try to recreate some of the subtle raised surface patterns.

Proenza Schouler, Vanessa Bruno and Diesel images courtesy of Style.Com


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