J: Jessie Tait

Jessie Tait was born as Dorothy Tait in 1928 and became one of the most famous and well loved ceramic designers of the mid-century period. She joined Midwinter in 1946, staying until 1974. She went on to Johnson Bros and retired in 1990.

Her designs really sum up the 1950s with their quirky style and colourful playful nature. Her 1960s designs are also iconic, with most of us recognising them as a glance.

We love her Red Domino set with its cute red and white polka dot pattern which dates to 1953.

Then there’s Zambesi: the zebra like stripe which dates to 1954.



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  1. 17 April 2013 / 8:07 am

    We love Jessie Tait too and have been collecting her trio sets for Midwinter for many years now and managed to pick up the very rare ‘Toad stool’ trio which goes for huge amounts of cash now!

    • Your vintage life
      19 April 2013 / 8:40 am

      Oh how I love the toad stool! X

  2. 17 April 2013 / 8:41 am

    Oh I just love Jessit Tait’s designs!

  3. 17 April 2013 / 9:08 am

    So gorgeous: the designs have really lasted and looks so fresh still now. I’d love all of these, especially th Spanish Garden one. Really nice to learn a bit about the designer behind them x

    • Your vintage life
      19 April 2013 / 8:39 am

      Agree I love them!!! I want to add more to my collection!

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