First launched in 1989, Denby Imperial Blue remains one of the most popular Denby stoneware patterns. It combines bright whites and bold blues in order to creat...[read more]
First launched in 1989, Denby Imperial Blue remains one of the most popular Denby stoneware patterns. It combines bright whites and bold blues in order to create a timeless looking dinner set. As well as being able to buy full 12-piece and 16-piece dinner sets, you can also buy items individually to add to your collection or to give as a beautiful gift. Established in 1809, Denby uses locally sourced clay to create its stoneware range. All items are handmade, and as well as clay dining sets, you can also buy Denby china and porcelain ranges too.
At ECookShop we provide access to the most highly sought after and appealing kitchenware, cookware, and diningware items. We offer competitive prices, free delivery on orders over £50, and our friendly and knowledgeable sales team are always on hand to answer any questions or to help ensure that you get the right items for your kitchen.
Buy using our secure online store and we will ensure that every item is carefully and properly packaged before delivery. This means that you can be sure of receiving your new Denby stoneware items in the same condition as they left the store. After all, there's nothing more frustrating than unwrapping your latest purchase only to find that it's become damaged during delivery.
Denby has been producing clayware and stoneware for over 200 years. Based in Derbyshire, the company is understandably proud of its heritage, using locally sourced Derbyshire clay and local craftspeople to throw the pottery. Every piece features one of over 200 unique and secret glazes and undergoes at least two firing processes. Every piece is tested for quality and strength before it is given the Denby mark of quality and sold. 200 years of experience has helped ensure that every item, whether it is a Denby Imperial Blue pasta bowl or dinner plate, is resilient to everyday use.
Denby was established in 1809 by William Bourne, when he discovered the quality of locally made clay. Upon finding this resource, he set up a local factory and employed local, skilled craftsmen to help produce the stoneware and pottery that the company would become renowned for. At Denby, blue has always been a popular colour choice. The electric blue design was launched following the first world war, in a bid to try and capture the cheerfulness and good mood of peacetime. Cottage Blue was used on products like the 1920s coffee filter, and items including the Marmaduke decorative range also came in a selection of pretty blue glazes.
Although a gamut of colours were used in Denby stoneware patterns in the following decades, the Derbyshire company reignited its love of blue with the launch of the Denby Imperial Blue line in 1989. The bold colour and the high-quality products saw the classic tableware designs become extremely popular with buyers from around the world. To this day, the Denby Imperial Blue dinner set is one of the most popular.
Denby Imperial Blue Dinner Set
You can choose between a selection of 12-piece and 16-piece full Denby Imperial Blue dinner sets. 12-piece box sets contain 4 dinner plates, 4 tea plates, and 4 soup or cereal bowls. The 16-piece sets include these and an additional 4 coffee beakers. You can buy multiple sets if you have a larger family or want the sets for entertaining, and you can also buy additional pieces including glasses and tumblers. We even have platters for serving and coasters to finish a perfectly designed place setting.
Other Imperial Blue Sets
Although Denby offers traditional designs, they also provide buyers with access to a wide selection of other dining sets and dining items. The Asian set, for example, has 2 Ramen bowls, 3 Imperial Blue side bowls, and 2 wooden chopsticks. The Takeaway Set is perfect for couples, with 2 noodle bowls, 2 small bowls, 2 pasta bowls, and 1 serving platter. Whatever the occasion, and whatever the style of food, you can find a set to match.
Glasses And Tumblers
Denby Pottery has expanded its product catalogue in recent years. As well as producing its own pottery and stoneware, it also sells matching glasses and other Denby glassware items that feature a sympathetic design. The company designs the glasses and the glaze and colour, and has local glassblowers hand blow the glasses for them. These can be found in some of the dining sets, in giftware sets, and they can be purchased individually as an ideal accompaniment to your dining sets.
Teapots, Pasta Bowls, And More
We all have different requirements when it comes to buying kitchenware and homeware. With the Denby catalogue, you don't have to feel forced to buy particular items. Choose between a Denby Imperial Blue teapot or coffee filter, buy bowls that are designed for easy pasta eating or for devouring breakfast cereal. With so many items to choose from in every single range, you really can fill your cupboards and your table with the best looking, locally made and handcrafted items.
Why Buy Stoneware?
While ceramic dinnerware is made from fine clay materials, stoneware is typically made from a combination of clay and other materials like flint and stone. It is not as fine as porcelain, and this not only gives the pieces a chunkier and more solid construction, but it means that stoneware items are less prone to chips and other damage.
The material composition of the clay means that every piece is unique. The clay has glassa different ratio of clay and extra materials. The placement of small pieces of stone and flint also react differently to the firing and glazing steps, giving every piece a recognisable but unique finish.
Stoneware is easier to clean and less prone to staining. Your Imperial Blue Denby will retain its blue colour and will continue to look as good as the day you bought it for many years to come.
In a lot of cases, and certainly in the case of Imperial Blue Denby dinnerware, the stoneware firing process means that the items can be dishwashed, used in the fridge, and even placed in the microwave. You should always check the care instructions for individual items, otherwise you face the possibility of damaging your beautiful new plates, but if you can use your new dinner set in this way, it makes the items convenient and functional, as well as attractive and traditional; a difficult combination to achieve.
Not only can stoneware items often be used in this way, but they also have a high thermal shock resistance level. This means that they can be moved quickly from freezer to oven and vice versa, without the risk of cracking and other damage.
Special Occasions And Giftware
The quality and durability of Denby stoneware does not detract from its beauty. All pieces are handmade from local clay. What's more, of the several thousand glazes that Denby uses, the Imperial Blue finish is one of the most striking and easily recognisable. These pieces make an impact when you serve them to friends and family, and they make even more of an impact when given as a gift to somebody close to you.
Buy Denby Stoneware From ECookShop
Denby has a long and rich heritage, and one that is closely tied to the county of Derbyshire. If you are looking for unique pieces, a beautiful design, and tableware items that are built to last while making an impression, then Denby Imperial Blue is the stoneware design for you. At ECookShop, the official website of Dawson's Department Store, we have everything from the Denby Imperial Blue teapot to 12- and 16-piece Denby Blue dinner sets. Browse and buy today from our secure online store. Alternatively, you can call us to ask any quick questions or queries you have, or even call in to Dawson's to see our full range of homeware and tableware. Don't forget, if you spend more than £50 online, we will deliver your items to your UK address completely free of charge as well.