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Post by Pip on March 1st 2008, 7:53 pm

Designed in 1957 by Enid Seeney for the Ridgway Potteries Ltd (Staffordshire) the 'Homemaker' range of tablewear was manufactured especially for sale through the Woolworth's chain of retail outlets. Although originally mass-produced and with a relatively long production run it has acquired cult status and is becoming very highly collectable - the larger and more unusual items like tea and coffee pots and cake stands are fetching big money. This particular plate can be dated to 1962 - the year of manufacture can be seen on the backstamp to the right of the word 'Underglaze'.

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Post by Pip on March 24th 2009, 9:40 pm

Although Ridgway were most well known for Homemaker they produced many other ranges during the 1960s and 1970s with pleasingly funky designs.

This one is called 'Carissima', circa late 1960s.

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Post by kirkmodern on May 2nd 2011, 11:39 pm

I have collected Homemaker pieces for years, my mother had a set in the 50s and i managed to retrieve the last plate from the dog a few years back. The pieces that command the big prices are the special order items. The basic sets were stocked by Woolworths and everything else, teapots, sandwich plates etc had to be ordered. A piece that was missing from my collection until recently was a tureen, and i managed to find 2 at the same fair. One of my rarest pieces is a plate with design in red (made for Australia I think) but I am still on the look out for the even rarer green pattern made as a test for the Irish market!
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Post by Davee on May 2nd 2011, 11:55 pm

A couple of red Homemaker pieces I picked up last year.

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Post by kirkmodern on May 3rd 2011, 12:01 am

Have you ever heard it confirmed that it was made for Australia?
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Post by Davee on May 3rd 2011, 12:05 am

No, I found out very little about the red colourway, I did see a couple of plates and cakestand being sold from Australia Shrugs

I managed to pick up 2 dinner plates from a car boot and just over a month later I got the sandwich plate from a junk market. I'd never seen any before and non since.

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Post by Grumpy Grandad on June 1st 2020, 12:24 pm

A 1960s Ridgway part coffee service (for now, I'm sure the sugar bowl and jug are around somewhere) from the White Mist shape range and in 'Kensington Gardens' pattern.
Quite a trendy little set, if somewhat restrained for the time.

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