Blue Willow is the very distinctive pattern used on ceramics during the 18th century in England. It was designed by Thomas Minton in 1790 and was inspired by Chinese designs. This pattern has seen a revival and is now adorning porcelain, ceramic and china pieces, home accessories and lifestyle products.
So let’s look at how Blue Willow has been interpreted on modern table ware – The Willow Porcelain Milk Jug is a contemporary carton shape featuring the traditional blue willow pattern and is part of the ‘Genuine Handmade in Bristol’ ceramics collection by Hanne Rysgaard at Blaze Studio – £36 from Hanne Rysgaard Ceramics at Not on the High Street. The Seletti Multi Dish Porcelain Plate has been designed by Maxime Ansiau is a wonderfully weird take on Blue Willow dishes and combines multiple plates in one. This can be used as a serving dish or hung on the wall – £125 from Heals. Article continues …
Willow Porcelain Milk Jug, £36
HANNE RYSGAARD CERAMICS AT NOT ON THE HIGH STREET
Seletti Multi Dish Porcelain Plate, £125
Cushions also seem to be popular like the Bluebellgray Willow Cushion which celebrates the pattern with a watercolour adaptation – £68 (sale price last time I checked) from Occa-Home. Article continues …
Bluebellgray Willow Cushion, £68
I also found an iPhone cover and plenty of jewellery paying homage to this pattern; The Vintage Blue Willow iPhone Case is very cool – £11.93 from Golden Days Designs at Etsy. The Upcycled Vintage Pottery Necklace features a shard of authentic pottery from a broken stoneware bowl by Allerton’s made in England circa 1900 – £9.28 from Black Sheep Bazaar at Esty. Article continues …
The Vintage Blue Willow iPhone Case, £11.93
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Upcycled Vintage Pottery Necklace, £9.28
So there you have it, this famous and distinctive pattern lives on once again in new and interesting forms and vintage pieces are being upcycled in unique ways to be cherished for years to come. Credits: text by Homegirl London, images courtesy of Hanne Rysgaard, Not on the Highstreet, Heals, Occa-Home, Golden Days Designs, Black Sheep Designs and Etsy.