Our handcrafted stoneware has been shaped by generations of craftsmen and moulded by the changes in the way we live and the fashions of the time. Follow our journey through over 200 years of history and meet some of our iconic designs and the people who bought them to life in the kiln.
1800s | BEAUTY COMBINED WITH UTILITY
In 1809, local entrepreneur William Bourne discovered the strength and quality of our local Derbyshire clay. He set up a factory employing local craftsmen and kicked off the tradition of jollying, fettling and handcrafting. And so began the story of Denby.
We also invented secret glaze recipes, that when fired to the right temperatures give each piece its unique and durable surface. Our Majolica glaze is over 100 years old and simply stunning, we are sure you'll agree.
1920s | ARTS & CRAFTS FOR THE MODERN AGE
As the nation emerged from the darkness of the wartime years, our vibrant Electric Blue glaze captured the cheerfulness of peacetime. Our designers have reflected its captivating glaze effect in modern designs like Halo and Praline.
1930s | DENBY DIGS DEEP
Denby really started to take shape in the 1930s with strong designs like Epic and Cottage Blue. And a few loveable characters like our Marmaduke rabbits first hopped into our hearts.
Into the 1940s, wartime restrictions meant Denby ran out of all other glazes apart from Utility Brown. Aptly named, as our craftsmen rallied together and filled the kilns with practical Naafi teapots, rum bottles for the navy and even telegraphic insulators and battery jars to aid the war effort.
1950s | MAKING OUR MARK
With the new spirit of freedom, Albert Colledge and his son Glyn brought modern design into the post war home. The transformation from merely useful to beautiful values helped to establish the tableware company we all recognise today.
Extraordinary designer Tibor Reich, was the son of a Hungarian ribbon manufacturer. His eclectic designs graced the inside of No 10 Downing Street and Concorde, putting Denby firmly on the design map.