W.R. Midwinter Ltd. was founded by William Robinson Midwinter at Bournes Bank, Burslem in about 1910, expanding quickly and even maintaining business throughout the Second World War. In the late 1950s William's son Roy took control of the business which resulted in even greater success, becoming one of the leaders in the production of domestic earthenware in the 1950s and 60s.
While Roy was thoughtful in business, his wife Eve Midwinter created some of the most iconic designs in the history of the company, including the Stonehenge line from 1972, which consisted of the Earth, Sun, and Moon patterns. Eve was trained in fine art, painting and sculpture at Burslem School of Art, and while her marriage to Roy did not last, she continued to work for Midwinter/Wedgwood until her retirement in 1986.
A set of 4 Earth Stonehenge pugs by Eve Midwinter can be purchased here in Found.
References and further reading
Perry. M. (2011). Pottery Histories: Histories of UK Potters and Pottery Manufacturers. Retrieved from https://www.potteryhistories.com/midwinterhistory.html
Ceramics designer Eve Midwinter dies. House & Garden. 26 July 2017. Retrieved from https://www.houseandgarden.co.uk/article/ceramics-designer-eve-midwinter-dies
C20 Ceramics. Midwinter Stonehenge. By Ray on February 28, 2017. Retrieved from https://c20ceramics.net/2017/02/28/midwinter-stonehenge/#more-1598