Kathie Winkle started work at Broadhurst & Sons- a major Straffordshire pottery- in 1950 as a painter: by 1958 she was producing her own designs, of which there are now 122 [and counting.]
Winkle’s innovative geometric patterns were printed in black by semi-automatic rubber-stamping machines, and then hand-coloured before glazing (a ‘stamp & fill’ process) thus allowing the plates to be dishwasher proof. Her funky designs sold in presentation packs aimed at the catalogue and chain store markets and Broadhurst became hugely popular on the back of these popular designs.
Here we have [large plates] ‘Corinth’ introduced in 1965 and ‘Calypso’ [smaller plates] introduced in 1963. As the plates were hand-coloured, there is a slight variation in the colouration, under the standard black outline. I find them quite charming.
And so do many others- the most popular Kathie Winkle designs have been released – by Kathie herself- using modern pottery production techniques. Unfortunately, for me, the charm dissipates with the uniformity of the colouring of these ‘reproduction’ pieces.
I’ve styled the plates together- to give a taste of how these plates might look mounted on a wall. My idea is to have a two each of a dozen or so Kathie Winkle patterns – and fill a wall. Funky!
The Corinth & Calypso plates are for sale: $AUD65