Branksome China: Established 1945

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Branksome China was founded in 1945 by Ernest Baggaley, a gifted potter who learnt his craft in Stoke-on-Trent, the heart of the English ceramics industry. Ernest was a visionary; formerly head of works at Poole Pottery, he developed a special recipe to create a unique porcelain; fine and light, yet strong and durable, designed for everyday use. The recipe remains unchanged to this day.

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Ernest Baggaley in his workshop, 1948

Their signature style is the two-tone colour combination that has made them widely known worldwide. Oddly enough, I first saw and touched this china in Tokyo two years ago. Admittedly it was in the ever-so-English Margaret Howell Lifestyle store, of which there is also one two minutes walk from me in London, but I had never spotted it in there.

All of the china is produced in a little town north of the New Forest called Fordingbridge in a disused 1930s Cinema. Such a fitting building for this company to produce these beautiful products. There is a small shop that you can visit and if you ask, they will give you a tour of the factory and works.

The well stocked shop offers everything from a simple beaker to a dinner service, available in a myriad of Branksome colours, and all safe in microwave, oven and dishwasher.

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Photographs Nina Pope

Visit thee Branksome website at www.branksomechina.co.uk

Daniel

Having worked in design for the past decade, Daniel started ateliertally.com as a discussion of timeless, modernist product design. Trained as a graphic designer, he also has an avid interest in typography. You can follow him on Twitter @ateliertally.

5 Comments

  • The Client says:

    What a marvelous find and particularly so as so much of this type of manufacturing is dying out in the UK as companies outsource, resulting in cheaper, faster and less soulful production. I particularly love the fact that this factory is in a disused deco cinema!

  • Daniel says:

    So pleased that you enjoyed it ‘The Client’. The cinema does make the idea seem more craft-like and beautiful.

  • I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz reply as I’m looking to construct my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from. thanks

  • Daniel says:

    Glad you like it witte tandem tips. The blog uses a highly-customised version of the theme Modern Clix, a theme by Rodrigo Galindez. You can see links in the footer if you want to go and grab your own copy.

  • BARBARA HOLLOWAY N/ LOVEYS says:

    I was in the showroom in 1955 painting. I loved my time working for Mr. Baggley and Mr Burt baggley. I spent happy times when he was modelling the dogs. I began work there in 1952—–1957

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