Burleigh has introduced its first-ever collection with three patterns paying homage to the past, present and future of the 169-year-old brand.
Collection One, decorated in a new rich dark hue coined Ink Blue, is available as plates, bowls, platters, jugs, and cups and saucers, bringing style and elegance to mealtimes and home entertaining.
Home of handmade English earthenware (Calico, Asiatic Pheasants, Regal Peacock etc.) and operating out of the legendary Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, the iconic Burleigh Pottery combines timeless design with traditional techniques.
Collection One is special because it presents the first new design in a generation. It's a collection that acknowledges both Burleigh's great design work of the past and Burleigh’s place in the future, and it's the only remaining pottery in the world to practice the centuries old tissue transfer printing, which takes five years to master. The process involves the etching of a copper roller with a Burleigh design, printing the ink pattern on to Parisian cigarette paper, and applying the paper to raw ceramic ware, which eventually burns off in the kiln after glazing.
Time to upgrade your tableware? Take a closer look at the first collection of Burleighware.
PALISADE – An ode to the past
Palisade is a gorgeous design which pays homage to the magical structures that form the finest details of flowers, invisible to the naked eye. Inspired by the work of Christopher Dresser, a designer, design theorist and Professor of Artistic Botany in the 1880s, this pattern was acquired by Burleigh as a copper plate engraving and has remained in the archive for over 100 years. For Collection One, the original design has been reworked into a border design to represent Burleigh's past.
HIBISCUS – A celebration of the present
Hibiscus is representative of Burleigh’s current successes and prestige. The hibiscus flowers are seen at full bloom in the pattern, with a bold, all over cover of double hibiscus flowers and foliage. The pattern forms part of the great floral tradition of Burleigh, and is a design currently in use in some of the world’s leading hotels and restaurants.
POLLEN – Looking forward to the future
The first new Burleigh design in 25 years, Pollen is entirely unique and features a pattern interspersed with bees and a geometric design that resembles a beehive.
Created using offset tissue transfer printing, a new manufacturing method, the layout of each piece differs greatly, as the way the pattern is transferred onto the ceramicware is at the discretion of the tissue transfer printer, of which there are only 11 left in the world. Burleigh has handed a crucial part of the design process over to the tissue transfer decorators, who ultimately choose how each piece in the Pollen collection will look as they lay the pattern and the bees across the surface of the ceramics in unique ways.
Collection One is available to buy now at www.burleigh.co.uk.
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