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Crockery: to mix or to match?

We’re often tempted to use crockery in sets of the same style – that’s how we tend to buy them after all. It’s a look that focuses on one aesthetic and creates uniformity on your tabletop. But when you mix a few different designs, things quickly become more creative. It’s an easy way to build a setting that’s relaxed, refined, and far away from run-of-the-mill.

 

Patterned meets plain

The beauty of white crockery shouldn’t be forgotten. Much like the enduring quality of a crisp white shirt – one of the most iconic wardrobe staples. Bowsley is a textured, white design with ever-so-subtle edging in grey that’s painted by hand.

    In this scenario, we’ve paired it with Winsford – a new piece from our spring/summer collection. By layering plates, bowls and mugs, Bowsley creates a serene backdrop whilst Winsford continues the white palette, but quietly introduces us to a secondary colour (Sage) and intricate pattern. If you were to use Winsford entirely, the tone of the setting would feel that bit more formal. Combine them though, and the statement becomes more about this being a relaxed occasion with a measure of refinement.

 

Dimpled meets smooth

Contrasts can be quiet ones and it doesn’t always have to be about colour. If you prefer a pure white palette, introduce difference through subtle texture and design details.

    Croxton is hand-made, hand-painted and glazed in white. At the centre it’s smooth, but as you make your way to its perimeter, you’ll find crimped markings and dots (we were inspired by the pricks and presses you do when making home-made pastry).

    In this image, you can see how using three layers of Croxton is a simple but elegant grouping. The subtle design detail creates variance that stops it from appearing too flat, and the use of Handsworth cutlery in Mist breaks up the palette.

    But, don’t be afraid to combine different collections with differing details. The dimpled and dotted Bowsley is a great partner to Croxton. Together, they create an interesting interplay between look and touch.

 

Matte meets gloss

Crockery is affected by its surroundings. So, mix glossier plates and bowls with more textured serveware and accessories.

    Mayfield is a pared-back crockery collection that also has a glazed finish. This setting shows it alongside Corinium – a rustic earthenware design that comes in various forms, from jugs to decorative bowls. Corinium has a crackle glaze, so while there’s still a level of gloss to its top surface, it’s less obvious. We've also left the clay exposed on the edges of the serving platters, and have painted, by hand, markings that make it appear distressed alongside the rim of the bowls. This combination of textures and finishes mutes the look, lowers the tone, and makes the whole setting feel calm and composed.

 

The scenery of storage

If you have a dresser, open-faced cabinetry, or shelving, a combination of crockery styles (and glassware) all become part of the display

    To avoid things becoming too much of a mixture, keep like-designs together, but then spread out what you keep on each shelf instead of having one for plates, one for bowls, one for glassware, and so on. Here, we’ve added in greenery and the occasional pile of linen napkins to soften the aesthetic even further.

 

Classic and consistent

But remember, one style of crockery is still a look to love. It’s familiar, it’s consistent, it’s easy, it’s effortless,
and it works beautifully. Mixing different collections is just another way of doing things.

It’s rather fitting to say that we like a mixture of the two. Sometimes we’ll mix-and-match, other times we’ll match-and-match. It depends on our mood, it depends on the occasion, it depends on the guests and what we think they’ll like the most too.

Decisions, decisions. Options, options...