‘Retro’ style is difficult to define, but in a broad sense includes characteristic
design and decoration of the period from the end of the Second World War in 1945
up to and including the 1980s.
It is used to describe the objects, in particular fashion and household appliances
from the recent past that are no longer considered ‘modern’, but for which there
may be a nostalgic attachment.
Hornsea Pottery Co. Ltd
Hornsea ‘Heirloom’, a John Clappison design from 1967 was enormously popular at the
time and is still widely sought on the second-hand market. It is a classic ‘Retro’
style. The decoration used a screen printed wax resist technique to produce a contoured
‘Rushstone’ a design by Kathie Winkle (and other) for James Broadhurst & Sons Ltd
(later Churchill China) is another popular design that qualifies as ‘retro’. Introduced
in 1965, over three million pieces were manufactured and hand decorated.