Floral patterns in bloom
June 23, 2020
At MacKenzie-Childs, our designs are often inspired by the beauty that we see on our 65-acre estate in Upstate New York. That’s especially true of our long love affair with floral dinnerware.
For the last decade, our love has blossomed for our enamelware Flower Market pattern, which was introduced in 2010. Flower Market celebrates glorious color, fresh from country gardens that are much like those on our grounds. Each vibrant Flower Market design is color-glazed in one of four different colors and hand decorated with artfully arranged floral transfers.
You can choose your favorite shade or—as in nature—happily mix and match green, black, white, and the new Lapis to create your own bouquet. Each color seems to have its own personality, and each complements our Courtly Check and Royal Check patterns, too.
White is fresh and simple, and the floral transfers seem to pop right off the surface. Green is garden-fresh and mixes wonderfully with vintage Jadeite. Black is sophisticated and somewhat mysterious. The latest addition, Lapis, is a rich blue that is reminiscent of the blue waters of nearby Cayuga Lake.
Before Flower Market, we embraced other floral patterns in enamelware and ceramic. One of the first in enamelware was Pressed Flowers, which was produced from 1993 to 1998. Along with Courtly Check, then called Roasted Marshmallow, Pressed Flowers was part of the Camp MacKenzie-Childs collection, which was inspired by outdoor living and glamorous camping. Pressed Flowers featured transfers of small flowers on seven solid ground colors, reminiscent of fresh flowers lovingly pressed between the pages of beautiful old books.
Buttercup was another enamelware pattern that was produced from 2004 to 2007. This aptly named pattern served up sunshine on every piece. It consisted of hand-painted dots in a shade of yellow that was inspired by buttercups growing in a meadow, topped with colorful floral transfers.
Yet another floral enamelware collection was Morning Glory, produced circa 2017–2018. A playful pattern that had rise-and-shine blooms climbing up solid color-glazed backgrounds, Morning Glory was inspired by a piece of hand-painted art from France.
We’ve also celebrated florals on our ceramics, starting with our iconic Taylor collection, which dates to the 1980s. Many of those hand-painted patterns, which are part of our Aurora Artisanal group, feature florals in addition to playful dots, squiggles, and stripes.
Two more floral ceramic collections also produced in Aurora were Honeymoon, circa 1994–2004, and Sunny Side Up, circa 2006–2008. Each Honeymoon piece was hand-painted with subdued checks and stripes in various pastels and topped with hand-applied transfers of blossoming bouquets and touches of gold lustre. Sunny Side Up captured the atmosphere of a rose-covered cottage, featuring scalloped edges and happy hand-painted yellow and pink stripes, topped with cheerful rose transfers.
So, it’s safe to say that our focus on florals will always be in bloom. As you can see, there’s nothing like a fun floral pattern to brighten your day or make your tabletop blossom.