The Chance Brothers [Robert and William] started manufacturing window glass in their aptly named Chance Glass factory in England in the early Nineteenth Century. The company then moved on to produce lighthouse lens and other specialist optical glass before producing iconic homewares in psychedelic patterns and colours in the 1960s.
These glass dishes were the first pop art pattern made by Chance Glass – the pattern called ‘Canterbury’ is based on tulips – in 1973. The pattern also came in red and in many shape variations- all with a gilt edge.
Canterbury is the most collected of the pop-art glass today; it was produced up to 1979, and Chance Glass itself ceased production in 1983.
The dishes are termed ‘pin’ dishes- they have a lovely circular form without the fussy fluted edge of other Canterbury pieces. And it’s nice having a pair-
Denby-Langley ‘Canterbury’ pottery
made in England 1960s
Denby has been producing pottery since the early 1800s- and continues to this day. This set – so quintessently 60s, was designed by Gill Pemberton, a potter working for Denby but working out of the Langley pottery just at the time it was taken over by Denby. Gill is well remembered for her innovative and radical designs and for pushing the rather conservative Denby pottery well into the 60s.
I collected each piece of this set individually. It started with the teapot, which is quite small – more like a ceremonial Japanese teapot- from which it takes its cues. I don’t normally warm to brown tones but the form and concentric rings of the teapot won me over.
The jug, sugar and fruit bowl have the same colourings and concentric rings- and the same pared down form. The ‘Canterbury’ design is an example of the late modernism of the 60s anticipating the hippy-earthiness of the 70s. And doing it with consummate style; any brown pottery that looks good on a timber table must be doing something right!
This set is in excellent condition and is for sale: $AUD135