One of my best-loved and more versatile sets of tableware is Creamware. The pierced edging forms a beautiful framework for the deep well in the centre of the plates and bowls. Surprisingly light in the hand, the rich cream colour enhances any table setting, whether casual or formal.

Creamware is one of the enduring patterns of tableware, originally  invented by Josiah Wedgwood in the mid eighteenth century. At that time it was called Queen’s Ware due to Queen Charlotte’s patronage in 1765. Through its durable material, lovely and versatile forms, Queen’s Ware became the standard domestic pottery of the time and enjoyed a world-wide market.

This particular set is modern, purchased from Hartley Greens(now renamed Leeds Pottery the former brand name). The creamware is still handmade, using the moulds and pattern books from the 1780’s.  Although Leedsware, as it was also known, was originally made in Leeds, in Yorkshire, the company has relocated to “The Potteries” district at Longton, Stoke on Trent, which is one of the six original and famous pottery towns in England.

With many beautiful serving pieces, I turn to this pattern again and again.  One of my favourites is the chestnut bowl, which makes a beautiful centrepiece.  The pierced teapot (shown below) is a work of art, with its pierced shell and lid, and gorgeous curved and twisted handle.  A breakfast featuring soft-boiled eggs served in the pierced egg cup and saucer gives a wonderful lift to the spirits to start any day.