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Final dates for holiday shipping
If you're perusing our pages looking for that special something, please don’t forget that the very last day we can ship anything to reach you before Christmas in the UK is Monday 22nd for larger items, Tuesday 23rd for smaller (ie under 2 kilos).
But please don’t leave it that late if you possibly can. Santa has been known to make mistakes ...
New collection at the Cotswold Shop
I’ve been enchanted with Frogman solid bronze sculptures since I first saw them.
These beautiful pieces have a gem-like iridescence, yet are astonishingly lifelike.
Designed and hand-crafted in California by British-born Tim Cotterill, each is sculpted using the age-old lost wax process – one that would have been familiar to the ancient Egyptians.
Each Frogman bronze comes as part of a limited edition of between 100 and 5000 pieces, with each piece being signed and numbered. Because they’re hand finished, no two frogs are alike, and each has its own individual character.
While there’s much more I could say about Frogman bronzes, it’s difficult to appreciate the depth of colour, realism and sheer craftsmanship until you hold one of these exquisite pieces in your hand.
I hope you can drop by to the Cotswold Shop to see these charming creatures for yourself. In the meantime we have some excellent images of our current stock, which we will be expanding in the next few weeks.
Click here to see our new Frogman family.
Special sale as Enamels are discontinued
Those of you who have visited the Cotswold Shop will know the building is over four hundred years old, and that space is at a premium. Since we’ve decided to launch Frogman bronzes we are having to say goodbye to Elliot Hall enamels.
You will find discounts of up to 50% in our online sale, and we have additional pieces (including some Artist’s Proofs) in the shop. For example the charming Santa Claus, illustrated right, is one of a limited edition of only 25. It is available for £100, reduced from £200.
With Christmas only a few weeks away, this is a great chance to buy a special gift for a special person. For more details, click here.
Moorcroft retire nine ranges
This year’s Christmas collection announced
Moorcroft have announced this year’s three Christmas pieces. As usual they come in the 780/4, 7/3 and 72/6 shapes and are designed by Vicky Lovatt. The theme this year is Reindeer Flight, and the pots depict Santa and his team of reindeers flying into a wintery sky, above the rooftops of the Potteries against a huge silver moon.
There's something whimsical and enchanting about these pieces (I love the way the reindeers loop around the vases), and they are bound to be popular as gifts and with collectors. We will have the collection in the shop by the end of October. Book early to avoid disappointment !
We still have one of each of the 2013 pieces 'Christmas in the Pots'. You can see all our Christmas pieces by clicking here.
Moorcroft announce Autumn Collection
Moorcroft have released details of their new autumn collection, All Creatures Great and Small.
It comprises some 24 pieces based on 15 new designs, 12 of which are limited or numbered editions. For full descriptions and photos of each piece, please click here.
Moorcroft have not yet announced when pots will be made available to retailers, but as ever, if you see a piece that takes your fancy please contact me, as allocations, particularly of the limited editions, will be restricted.
From Moorcroft’s press release:
Since 1986, Moorcroft has encouraged the growth and natural, organic progression of ‘design windows’. With free rein to construe whatever their hearts desire into art, members of the Moorcroft Design Studio have since delved into a world of inspiration. Consequently, pots have featured a wealth of flowers, people, buildings, symbols and of course, animals.
These days, some of the most popular Moorcroft designs involve animals and birds, to which you can add reptiles, fish, bugs and much more besides. This autumn, Moorcroft will be launching a collection All Creatures Great and Small which has been collaboratively designed by the Moorcroft Design Studio and guest designers, and as the name suggests, has been inspired by a plethora of animals.
All Creatures Great and Small is made up of 24 individual designs, all of them, in their own unique way express the nature or appeal of different animals through the medium of ceramic art.
We will begin receiving All Creatures Great and Small by the end of September.
Demand outstripping supply for this commemorative collection
Perhaps not surprisingly, Moorcroft's Collection of Remembrance has proved tremendously popular.
We have had a constant stream of demand for the pieces from the moment they were announced, and as predicted, it did not take long for In Memorium and Walter’s Somme to sell out their entire limited editions.
We still have some limited edition pieces in stock, including the much-admired Flanders Field plaque, a lovely example of Dura and a superbly worked Ray of Hope. We hope to have more Lest we Forget pieces in stock soon.
Moorcroft have also announced a Prestige version of Lest we Forget in the 101/18 shape (pictured right). Standing at 45cm tall, this magnificent numbered edition retails for £2660; we are offering it, to order, for £2394.
Eleven poppy-themed pieces commemorate the centenary
Moorcroft have announced a collection of eleven pieces to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of World War I – the Collection of Remembrance.
With one notable exception, Moorcroft have wisely not chosen to depict ‘The war to end all wars’, but have taken as a common element the flower that we all associate with the battlefields of Flanders and Remembrance Sunday – the Poppy. This simple, elegant flower, with its blood red petals, is used in different ways by each artist, each of whom has created his or her own memorial on an individual pattern.
The exception is Kerry Goodwin’s Lest we Forget, a sensitive and moving evocation of the battlefield, a scarred landscape overlooked by the spirits of the soldiers.
As well as the memorial aspect, the pieces are compelling in their own right – Paul Hilditch’s Ray of Hope on the 92/11 pattern (pictured right) and Emma Bosson’s Walter’s Somme are two outstanding pieces from an excellent collection.
Full descriptions and photos may be found here.
Moorcroft will begin delivery of the Remembrance Collection in early August. Seven of the pieces are in limited editions of sixty or fewer, and demand will certainly outstrip supply, so as ever, if you’re interested in a piece please let me know as soon as possible.