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Pennine oven-to-tableware - Covered Oval Casserole dish - 1965

The Pennine casserole, ©  Wedgwood Museum
    The Pennine casserole
    © Wedgwood Museum

The Pennine range of oven-to-tableware was designed by Eric Owen in the early 1960s, and first went on sale in 1965. Advances in ceramic technology meant that ware could be created that could withstand such changes in temperature. An extremely popular innovation, many people recognise this range of cookware from their childhoods.

A prototype ‘oven-to-tableware’ had been evolved by the eighteenth century. Referred to as ‘game pie dishes’ such piecrust ware was not at all durable. It was not until well into the twentieth century that a true oven-to-tableware was evolved, thanks to technological advancements within the ceramic industry. The main development took place in the 1960s, with the Pennine range first appearing in 1965. The range of forms comprising the ware were designed and modelled by Eric Owen, with the shape actually being known as Cotswold. The term Pennine is the name given to these Cotswold shapes when decorated with an amber glaze. The range was also available in a pale-green vitrified glaze, which was sold under the Cambrian name.Oven-to-tableware proved to be one of the major innovations of the time, and soon was to be seen in most households. This popular range is often recognised and remembered from people’s childhoods.

  • Type of object: Useful ware/game pie and casserole dishes
  • Mark: PENNINEWEDGWOOD®MADE IN ENGLAND OVEN TO TABLEWARE(Printed)
  • Year produced: 1965
  • Body: oven-to-tableware
  • Glaze: pennine
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: moulded
  • Accession number: 11568, 11568a
  • Dimensions: 122 mm (height), 317 mm (width), 205 mm (diameter)

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  • Eric Owen Designer

    Eric Owen - Designer (1903 - 1975)

    Owen was chief modeller and sculptor for Wedgwood from 1946 to 1967 and a free lance modeller with facilities at Barlaston from 1967 until his death. He was born in the Potteries and was apprentice to a tile factory before joining Minton where he was chief modeller for 25 years. During his time with Wedgwood Owen was responsible for modelling many tableware shapes as well as a number of portrait medallions. He travelled and lectured widely, teaching for a short period at the Royal College of Art and was elected a member of the Society of Industrial Artists in 1957.

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