I’ve written before about flow blue china and today thought I’d focus on one of the most recognizable names in flow blue, Grindley china. W.H. Grindley & Co. had a nice long run, from 1880 to 1991. The company was founded in Tunstall, England by W.H. Grindley and while it is known today primarily for its flow blue designs, Grindley turned out hundreds of different patterns of china in colors like red and green as well as that flowing blue. The firm was bought in 1970 by Alfred Clough, LTD and renamed Grindley on Stokes in 1978. In 1982 Federal Potteries Co. purchased Grindley. In 1988 the Grindley family repurchased the company that still bore their name, but it was already in trouble. The company was put in the hands of the receivers, and in 1991 was taken over by Woodlands Pottery, which still operates the factory today.
Although Grindley china was made in the United Kingdom, flow blue didn’t catch on there the way it did in the United States, so much of the pottery made was exported to North America. Today there is still plenty of Grindley pottery out there for collectors to find, but because the company operated for so long its important to be familiar with the names of the patterns to be able to recognize which came from the 1880s and which came from the 1980s. Of course, “dishwasher proof/microwave safe” marked on the underside is a dead giveaway.
To find out more about marks used on Grindley china, reference this page at My Granny’s Attic Antiques. This page contains info about several pottery makers, so scroll down to see the blurb about Grindley.