The iconic New York skyline with its Art Deco skyscrapers towering over the Statue of Liberty is the inspiration for a new Moorcroft vase by Vicky Lovatt. Cityscapes are a comparatively new theme for Moorcroft artists and have been very well received by collectors. The prestige Park vase resonated particularly with Americans who enjoy dog walking in city parks during the Fall. Maybe Paul Hilditch’s stunning vase is his vision of Central Park in New York? The London vase, also by Paul, is the latest cityscape to join the collection. As can be seen on this magnificent vase, London’s skyline has changed dramatically in recent years with the innovative ‘Gherkin’ building alongside the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral. One of Moorcroft’s first architectural designs was Philip Gibson’s Deco Drive, a Pascoe & Company commission which was inspired by Philip’s visit to South Beach in Miami after the 2005 Florida show. Come and see all the stunning Moorcroft architectural designs at the Pascoe Ceramic Arts Fair in New York this month. Continue reading MOORCROFT IN MANHATTAN
Moorcroft pottery has enriched American homes with color and craftsmanship for over 100 years. It was in 1904 that William Moorcroft, a talented young English designer, won his first gold medal at the St Louis Exhibition. Stores such as Tiffany of New York and Liberty of London became major customers for his distinctive Florian style of art pottery, which was launched in 1897. The Moorcroft name was soon becoming more significant than his employer’s, James Macintyre, and encouraged by
his success William Moorcroft decided to set up his own pottery, with financial assistance from Liberty’s.
Rachel Bishop was just 24 years old when she became Moorcroft’s sole designer in 1993. Her portfolio of watercolors dazzled Hugh Edwards at her interview and she set to work interpreting her exquisite floral designs for the distinctive Moorcroft decorating style. Lyrical designs such as Lamia and Prairie were very sought after catalogue designs for a number of years, and large sums of money now change hands for Rachel’s early limited editions such as Owl Pen Manor.
Rachel often draws inspiration from the Victorian Arts and Crafts designer, William Morris, and the Scottish Art Nouveau architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh creating wonderfully rich designs such as Tapestry of Time and White Ladies. However Rachel’s love of nature in all its moods
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Emma is the youngest designer in the Moorcroft Design Studio yet she is already one of the most successful with the best-selling Queens Choice design to her credit. Born near the Potteries in Congleton, Cheshire, Emma taught herself to paint in watercolors on leaving school and exhibited her work around England. A shopping expedition to Stoke-on-Trent, introduced her to the vibrant designs of the Moorcroft Pottery and she applied to join the new Moorcroft studio in 1996. She had a runaway success with her first design for the Moorcroft Collectors Club, Victoriana in 1998 and has been a favorite artist with collectors ever
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Philip was born and educated in Stoke-on-Trent, the home of the British ceramic industry and has had a long and interesting design career, working alongside great artists, such as Susie Cooper, before beginning his association with Moorcroft in 1997. His first Moorcroft design was Flame of the Forest which richly deserved the accolades piled upon it. Philip’s inspiration generally comes from nature. He loves hiking and climbing and is usually to be found sketching landscapes and wildlife during his travels around Britain and overseas.
Tropical birds and flowers from his travels in Australia, New Zealand and Florida, have often inspired his work and he created Crimson Nectar exclusively for Pascoe and Company in 2005. In that year, Philip was
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Nicola joined the prestigious Moorcroft Design Studio in 1997 at the age of 22. Her successful inaugural design Amazon Twilight led to an opportunity to study tropical flora and fauna first hand on a Moorcroft research trip to the South Pacific the following year. Nicola was responsible for one of Moorcroft’s best selling patterns in the current catalog, Anna Lily and new shapes continue to be added each year. She is equally at home with traditional designs, such as Revival which looks back to the work of William Moorcroft, and fresh new imagery as in the Persephone vase, exclusively for members of the Moorcroft Collectors Club.
Kerry joined Moorcroft in 2000, with many years experience as a painter in the ceramic industry. During the day, she worked in Moorcroft’s decorating studio and at night she studied design. Four years later, her first design was accepted for production and she became a valued member of the Moorcroft Design Studio. In 2005, her Dasara vase, depicting Indian elephants, became the lead presentation piece in the annual catalog and she has continued to go from strength to strength.
For the Parasol Dance collection, Kerry looked back at William Moorcroft’s famous toadstool design but her own unique vision is clearly demonstrated in this popular pattern. The color palette of the Islamic potters led her to the Moroccan Myths collection but the result is also
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A graduate designer of jewelry and pottery, Sian’s fate as a ceramic artist was sealed when she took a job at Moorcroft in 1992 and began to learn the intricate art of tube-lining and painting with jewel-like colors. After just a year, Sian returned to her childhood home in Somerset, working briefly at the Dennis Chinaworks, and also as a freelance designer in the USA and the UK, before returning to Moorcroft in 1998 and a coveted position in the Design Studio.
Sian has proved to be a very versatile designer of flowers, birds and animals for the catalog collection and butterflies have been a feature of several recent designs, including Apollo and Avalon. She has impressed collectors with wonderful prestige designs such as Yukon Wilderness
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William’s eldest son, Walter, worked at Moorcroft prior to his war-time military service and took over responsibility for design 1945. Initially he re-worked some of his father’s pre-war patterns, such as Spring Flowers and African Lily, but soon he was developing his own designs such as Magnolia and Hibiscus. His tropical floral patterns brought a splash of exotic color to a drab post-world Britain.
Walter ran the company and created new patterns until his retirement in 1987. His last design contribution was a vase entitled After the Storm
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William Moorcroft became a designer at James Macintyre’s factory in Burslem in 1897 and within a few years his tube-lined Florian designs were attracting the attention of major retailers such as Liberty’s of London and Tiffany’s of New York. Poppies, violets and anemones were favorite floral motifs but he also created popular designs with toadstools (Claremont), landscapes (Hazledene) and fruits (Pomegranate.) William’s work won gold medals at international exhibitions of the early 1900s and encouraged by this success he opened his own factory at Cobridge in 1913.