Despite the absence of any evidence, it is actually still summer – and will be for a good time yet. We might not have been spoiled by balmy evenings and barbecues to date, but we are nothing if not optimistic! In this spirit, we have been looking at that staple of the summer picnic – the pitcher jug!
Half & Half Ginger Jug – £92.50 (was £185), Waterford
We start with a real beauty: the Jo Sampson-designed Half & Half Ginger Jug has a simply beautiful modern silhouette. The larger bottom of the vessel has a wide band of textured-cut glass around it and it shifts dramatically into a narrower neck and spout. It’s appended by an oversized glass handle, but don’t mistake that rich orange hue for a beverage! The base of the piece has been colour-washed with a rich orange hue.
Water Garden Pitcher – £29, Portmeirion
As pretty as the Welsh coastal resort which bears its name, Portmeirion pottery is known for being nostalgic and colourful. This Water Garden picture, adorned with an exquisite hand-painted design formed of delicate blooms in shades of lilac, green, blue and yellow, is no exception. The 22cm-high three-pint jug functions perfectly as a pitcher but also doubles as a vase for your floral arrangements.
Urkiola Pitcher, 1L – £150, Georg Jensen
A real attention-grabber, the Urkiola Pitcher is part of a collection designed by Patricia Urquiola, which includes bowls, vases, candleholders and trays, in addition to a series of pitchers. Each is made from stainless steel – some of it mirror-polished and some of it featuring a ribbed design. On some pieces – as you can see on the handle of this one – you’ll find a durable PVD finish in a gorgeous rose gold colour.
Striped Two-piece Pitcher Set – £26.99, Fairmont & Main Ltd
Get two for the price of one with this two-piece pitcher set which has ‘a traditional English stripe design’ (i.e. it looks a bit like Cornishware!) in blue and cream, which has been created using an under glaze engorge technique. A large pitcher is complemented by a super-cute smaller one, and this timeless earthenware pare will fit in perfectly with kitchens of all types – from the rustic to the super-modern.
Functional 1L Glass Jug – £1.50, Wilko
If you’re looking for something that’s above all functional (and something that, should an accident arise, you can replace without too many tears) then look no further than this one-litre glass jug from Wilko. Being priced at a rather ridiculous £1.50 means that you can get six of them for less than a tenner! This makes them the perfect choice for a wedding table – or purely for the serving of Pimms.