Tuesday 2 February 2021
Sunday 31 January 2021
No, not an African divorce drama, rather a tale of two designs with the same name...
Jessie Tait worked for Midwinter pottery from 1946 into the 70's but perhaps her most productive and influential period came in the 1950's when, taking advantage of Midwinters bold new Stylecraft and Fashion shapes, she designed several patterns now regarded as iconic. (further reading on this excellent site...Midwinter Pottery)
Among these was 'Zambesi' a zebra stripe black and white pattern with red detailing. The name and pattern no doubt influenced by the 1950's American inspired craze for all things central African. There were several songs called Zambesi around this time and I'm sure there was a major Hollywood film called Zambesi or Zambezi out but there's no trace of it online so maybe I'm imagining that!
Thursday 14 January 2021