Kathie Winkle (1932-) began her long and prolific career in ceramic design at Shorter and Son, Stoke-on-Trent, where she trained as a 'paintress'. Around 1950, she joined James Broadhurst & Sons Ltd, where she worked up to her retirement in 1992.
Kathie Winkle became something of a 'golden girl' at Broadhurst and quickly rose in ranks to become the company's head designer. Her patterns became increasingly popular due to the increased demand of new styles of kitchenware.
Her first patterns appear around 1958 she ultimately became responsible for all of Broadhurst's patterns. Over the course of her career as a designer (until the mid-1970s) she created over 100 patterns. However as machine-decorating techniques began to take over from hand painting in the mid 1970s, Kathie Winkle stopped designing, her patterns slowly being phased out - although older designs continued in production. In 1978 she changed role in the company moving to quality control.