Cabbage Ware Pottery - Bringing Nature Indoors

cabbage ware pottery displayI’ve had a thing for cabbage ware pottery for a couple of decades. To some, being interested in dishes and plates that are crafted to resemble cabbages may seem a little odd. Cabbage ware seems to be one of those things that you either love or hate. Vintage or new – I adore it!

cabbage ware pottery collection

The shapes and patterns of cabbage and lettuce leaves are works of art in themselves. I’m currently trying (unsuccessfully so far) to grow some interesting varieties of lettuce in our tiny garden. Every year, I look out for those ornamental cabbages for our window boxes. I wonder if there’s a word for someone obsessed with green leafy vegetables?

When I set up Pompom and Twiddle, I just had to add some cabbage ware pottery to our collection. Our cabbage leaf plates and bowls are perfect if you're looking for quirky and unusual gifts.

cabbage leaf pottery salad bowl

The large cabbage leaf bowl is great for serving a colourful salad or as a fruit or vegetable bowl. The smaller lidded cabbage bowl and cabbage leaf plates are just the right size for starters, dips and nibbles.

cabbage ware pottery bowl and plate

cabbage ware pottery lidded bowl

Cabbage ware plates and bowls

Cabbage ware pottery dates back to at least the 17th century. There are some stunning examples in the Victoria & Albert museum, which I drool over whenever I visit. Cabbage and lettuce leaf designs have been produced by the Victorians in Stoke-on-Trent, as well as in the USA and Portugal throughout the 20th century. Production in Portugal continues to this day.  Lettuce ware by potter Dodi Thayer was a big hit in Palm Beach in the 1960s. A collaboration between Dodi Thayer and Tory Burch recently resurrected the lettuce ware collection.

My first purchase was a small cabbage bowl, followed shortly after by a plate. I love to use them for serving olives or dips when we have visitors.

cabbage ware pottery

The antique tureen only gets used for very special occasions. It’s such an eye-catching centre piece. I love to think of the grand table it would have appeared on when it was first made over a century ago. It was around the 1750s that it became fashionable to buy tureens that imitated vegetables.

You don’t necessarily need a whole set, as they're lovely mixed and matched with other plates. Although a whole collection looks so impressive!

cabbage ware pottery pompom and twiddle

Lettuce leaf and cabbage ware pottery bring nature indoors, which always works for me.  Now I'm on the look out for a cauliflower teapot. To me it’s a joyful way to dine and feels rather Alice in Wonderland. If anyone reads this post who happens to have inherited some cabbage ware pottery from a great aunt, but falls into the 'I hate cabbages' camp and would like to get rid of it, please do get in touch!