A British design icon, Cornishware has been supporting Britain’s cooks, bakers and tea makers for nearly 100 years.
We got together with one it’s founders, Karina, to get the low-down on all things stripey
What’s most exciting about Cornishware at the moment?
We are terribly excited about our repatriation journey. We started this process about two years ago, fifty percent of our ceramics is now made in this country. We use Cornish clay dug from quarries in St Austell in Cornwall. All sizes plates, bowls, pasta bowls, breakfast cereals bowls, some storage jars, egg cups, some butter dishes are now made and decorated by hand here in the U.K with mugs starting this month. We are hoping to have everything else made here in the UK by Spring next year.
What do you attribute Cornishware’s success to?
Passion, determination, love of the product, skilled staff, team work and a will for future generations to carry on enjoying this most beautiful piece of design. We bought the business ten years ago after it went into liquidation. We felt passionate in rescuing this iconic household brand and did not want to see it disappearing beneath crested waves. Most of all, we love what we do. There is a lovely buzz around Cornishware HQ, we are all proud to be part of making stripy history. I go to work in the morning with a smile of my face.
We can see you launched a limited edition yellow stripe around Mother’s day this year. Are there any other products lines in the pipelines?
Oh yes…We have lots going on in this summer. I can’t reveal anything yet as it is all top secret but this summer is promising to be a colourful one! My husband came up with the yellow colour, inspired by watching Cornish fishermen at work wearing their oilskins. We love yellow and it has been an unprecedented success.
We listen carefully to our stripy customers and social media has been a fabulous tool in getting to know what their likes and dislikes are. My behind the scenes instagram videos often reveal brand new products before they even hit the shelves and I think that is one of the reason why my instagram account is so popular.
We talk new concepts and ideas in meetings but quite often, the biggest ideas are thought of during our ‘Cake Fridays’. Once a week, the whole stripy team meet up for tea and a slice of cake, we sit down and start chatting. Tea and cake is taken very seriously here at Cornishware!
Who is your favourite artist or designer?
I could come up with so many, it would be impossible to choose just one. But I must say my grandfather would come up top of the list. He was an impressionist and created beautiful oil pieces. Mostly landscapes, such as the Camargues (France) known for its wild horses and marshes. He also painted a lot of Mediterranean landscapes chequered with fields full of poppies and cypress trees in the distance. Sombre rivers and shady forests reflected his moods and each painting was a representation of his character. He loved colour and I think I’ve got that from him, he was certainly a colourful character!
He lived in the south of France with my grandmother and their two sons (one of them, my father). His friend, Salvador Dali, asked him to follow him to Paris in order to seek fame and fortune. He decided to stay away from the limelight and enjoyed a peaceful life in his, then, quiet Mediterranean village. I have always admired his decision. He lived a beautiful and happy long life from selling his paintings with his wife and two sons.
Where’s your favourite place for a dog walk?
We are fortunate to live in a beautiful valley, dotted with fields with spectacular views. I leave my front door and with our two dogs, Rosie (a spoiled Cavalier King Charles) and Humbug (an over affectionate cocker), we walk up a track, where only horses are allowed, which takes us to the top of a hill where the view is stunningly beautiful. The dogs can roam free and I often take the children as well as my daughter’s pony for a walk too. The cat as well as my wild guinea fowls sometimes follow us too, ending up looking like a zoo on tour!
In which place are you most happy?
In Cornwall, in our garden, listening to the sea gulls squawk ahead, while waiting for our mackerels to cook on the bbq, which have been freshly caught that day from our wooden sailing boat on the Helford River. We are sipping a chilled glass of white wine, with our eldest children, while the youngest are paddling in the stream below. We often admire our Cornishware laid on the table and raise our glasses to this successful rescuing mission of ours.
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