A classic blue-and-white design scheme has timeless appeal, whether used for whole-house interiors or simply to provide a cheerful note here and there. An especially pretty way to incorporate this beloved color combination into home décor is by displaying collections of dinnerware, and one of the most sought-after patterns is Blue Calico by Burleigh.
Burleigh is located in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, an area historically recognized as the heart of British ceramic manufacturing. The company makes its wares using a unique, ages-old print transfer technique, and the Burleigh backstamp proudly graces each piece.
Although producing Blue Calico is a time-consuming process, it is truly a labor of love. Because each piece is made by hand and bears the distinctive touch of an individual decorator, collectors know they are getting one-of-a-kind treasures. At a time when most dishes are mass-produced by machines, it is especially poignant to collect a piece that exemplifies the skills of dedicated craftspeople using a process repeated through many generations.
Though Burleigh’s Calico design was first made in the 1960s, it was inspired by earlier Victorian pieces which trace their roots to blue-and-white Chinese porcelain. The floral pattern, which mixes beautifully with other ceramic pottery in the same two hues, offers a bright note to any table setting.
Photography Stephanie Welbourne
To learn more about Burleigh’s Calico design, see “Prints Charming” on page 97 of the September 2016 issue of Victoria.