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Mason Cash Mixing Bowl

First published August 9th, 2007

The Mason Cash traditional English ceramic mixing bowl

The picture speaks for itself. At first glance, the traditional English pattern around the outside of the bowl seems superfluous, with even a hint of kitsch. But an efficient mixing bowl needs to be heavy to counter the tendency to move during manual mixing. The pattern helps to make the bowl appear less heavy than it actually is, and its subtle relief enhances the bowl's timeless elegance.

Mason Cash ceramic mixing bowls are made from 'white and cane' glazed earthenware sometimes known as 'yellow ware' from the colour of the local clay. The design has hardly changed for over a hundred years, although the modern version has leadless glazes that conform with Proposition 65. The mixing bowls can be used in the oven and microwave, and are safe in the freezer and dishwasher.

About Mason Cash

The English pottery that eventually became Mason Cash originates in the early nineteenth century in Church Gresley, a village in Derbyshire. It was known for Meashamware, a distinctive brown pottery that probably acquired its name because it was popular in the nearby Leicestershire village of Measham.

The name 'Mason' comes from a Master Potter, "Bossy" Mason who was running the pottery at the time it was acquired by Tom Cash in 1901. Cash renamed the company Mason Cash & Co. It was later incorporated by his son, in 1941, a period during which the firm diversified into bowls for cats and dogs - a product range for which Mason Cash became known around the world.

Classic pudding bowls (pudding basins)

Mason Cash is still known for its classic kitchenware, especially the traditional mixing bowls and white pudding basins (inset). The pudding bowl is an equally timeless design, and is used in the British Royal Household for Plum and Christmas Puddings given to staff in the appropriate season. The mixing bowl is currently manufactured in nine sizes from 120mm up to 350mm diameter, and the pudding bowl in seven sizes from 115mm up to 220mm diameter.

In 2001, Mason Cash purchased their neighbour, T.G. Green, a company specialising in Cornish Blue tableware, then in 2004 The Tabletop Company purchased Mason Cash. Recently, The Tabletop Company has been acquired by Rayware, a group of companies which includes the internationally renowned brands of Ravenhead, Arthur Wood, and Price and Kensington.

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