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Special pieces for a special time of year
Moorcroft celebrates Christmas this year with its usual festive flourish: Nordic Noel (2) features a pair of robins on a cheery and distinctive design. Winter Wonder, on the elegant and unusual 87/3 shape, is adorned with everyone’s favourite winter flower, the Snowdrop.
Often overlooked in Moorcroft’s seasonal offerings are the charming tree decorations, of which we have eight.
Each is perfect for the top of your tree – or to slip in someone special’s stocking.
These beautiful pieces each come with a small piercing so that a ribbon may be threaded through.
And each decoration will bring a sprinkle of the magic of Christmas – now and for generations to come.
You can find full details of all these pieces – and many more – here on our website.
If anything catches your eye, don’t leave it too late: popular pieces sell out fast before Christmas. And if we don’t have it in stock on our website, do email me or give me a call at the shop for an availability update.
The last date to order in time for UK Christmas delivery is Wednesday 21st December – after that, it’s up to Santa !
Light up your life !
As we head into winter with what seems like unseemly speed, what better way to ward off the autumnal gloom than a splendid Moorcroft Lamp ?
We have just refreshed our selection of lamps from Moorcroft’s new range, including Phoebe Summer, October, Delphinium, Bellahouston, and the colourful Sorrow and Laughter.
Alongside these you’ll find classic Moorcroft patterns like Anna Lily and Queen’s Choice – and my personal favourite, Pavot.
Our stock holding of all our lamps is shown on the website, but we can order any piece (just give us a little notice !).
Click here for full details and great photos.
Update 20th November: we are having a lot of interest in the Sorrow and Laughter lamps. Please order early if you want one for Christmas !
Illustrated: Sorrow and Laughter (£383–£583)
Dennis Chinaworks and Herend Porcelain now available online
We are excited to announce some improvements to our website.
From today, we are offering two wonderful new product lines: Dennis Chinaworks and Herend Porcelain.
For most Moorcroft collectors, the work of Sally Tuffin at Dennis Chinaworks needs no introduction. Long one of Britain’s foremost ceramic designers, Sally was instrumental in reviving Moorcroft Pottery’s fortunes in the 1980s, and with her husband Richard went on to found Dennis Chinaworks in 1993.
Dennis Chinaworks is made in numbered or very small limited editions, and is prized by collectors worldwide. We think that the age-old technique of pot-throwing, combined with contemporary designs on classic shapes, makes an exciting complement to our existing Moorcroft collections. We currently have twenty four pieces of this exceptional pottery, all of which can be seen on our website. Please click here for more info.
Herend Porcelain is one of the great names in European ceramics. Herend have been producing magnificent tableware since the early 1800s, and still use time-honoured, labour-intensive traditional techniques. We have chosen our favourite figurines from Herend’s collection: once again, all of these may be found here on our website.
We have also improved the site’s design and increased image quality for all future pieces.
We hope you will agree that the Cotswold Shop has always had the best photos and most impartial descriptions of Moorcroft Pottery both new and vintage. And we hope you will have as much pleasure exploring our new lines as we have had in choosing them.
As ever, all pieces have free, next working-day shipping anywhere in the UK.
Pictured: Herend Kingfisher; Dennis Chinaworks Carp.
A rare combination of pattern, shape and elegant workmanship
New in the Cotswold Shop this week is this vintage African Lily vase, dating from around 1955.
What immediately struck me about this piece is its size – the African Lily design was not commonly used on larger pots, so this 10-inch (24cm) vase is unusual.
It also has exceptionally elegant fine tubelining and a rich but subtle palette of colours – the yellows and reds flow into each other with what seems like ease, but is actually a perfect example of the consumate skill of old Moorcroft potters.
African Lily is priced at £775, including free next-day shipping in the UK.
Moorcroft release six wildlife-inspired pieces
You may remember that in 2015 Moorcroft released the Discover Nature collection, with part of the profits supporting the excellent work done by the RSPB.
Wildlife and birds in particular have long been the subject of Moorcroft pottery, and the Second Nature collection depicts three British birds and three other creatures common to this country. Standout piece has to be Kerry Goodwin’s The Lodge (£850 inc. discount), a powerful portait of the Great Spotted Woodpecker. This is a super piece, and I’ve given it the accolade of a high resolution image so you can better appreciate the magnificent colours and detail (click here).
Each of the pieces has charm (especially Vicky Lovatt’s Moonlit Badgers, £517), but I’m particularly drawn to Swing By (Rachel Bishop, £252) a plaque depicting three swallows. A difficult piece to photograph – the plaque looks even better ‘in the flesh’.
You can see the remainder of the collection by clicking here. All of the Second Nature Collection pieces are available to order from the Cotswold Shop.
Mists and mellow fruitfulness in the Autumn Collection
Moorcroft have announced their Autumn collection, Flying Phoenix. It consists of seventeen new pieces, including one limited edition range and one open range.
Pride of place goes to the outstanding Blue Tulip (limited edition of 20) by Rachel Bishop, an eye-catching 18-inch piece with an eye-watering price tag of £2995. We’re offering it at £2497. In an even smaller edition of just 15 pieces worldwide is the good-natured Hoots at Home, Emma Bossons’ depiction of a happy family of owls. It’s available from the Cotswold Shop for £2695.
The flora-meets-fauna theme is continued in The Gentle Fellow, a very likeable plaque by new designer Helen Dale (limited edition of 100). We predict this piece will be in great demand ! (see detail, right).
Of the remainder, Emma Bossons’ Forest of Flowers (limited edition of 40) has a striking palette of colours on a rich dark ground, while Vicky Lovatt’s Fluttering Colour (limited edition of 40) vividly displays Peacock butterflies in impressive symmetry.
The Songs of the Cevennes collection will appeal to new collectors and those looking for special gifts (is it too soon to mention Christmas ?), with attractive limited edition pieces starting from just £80. The Muscari range features some classic shapes at affordable prices across an open range.
As ever, remember that retailer allocations will be limited (as to be expected with editions as low as 15 pieces) and that demand will outstrip supply, so please let me know if there’s anything in which you’re interested. We should be taking delivery of the pieces in early October: in the meantime you can read more by clicking here.
Classic Moorcroft proves popular
We’ve added some great Vintage Moorcroft pieces to the site.
The older Moorcroft pieces have astonishingly delicate tubelining – an art now sadly lost – and beautiful colouring that cannot be replicated by today's potters (see the article three pieces below this for reasons why).
We still have some unusual pieces: a very pretty 4-inch Orchid Urn (pictured right) and subdued but beautiful Leaf and Berry Vase. Don't forget that we always have many more Vintage pieces for sale in the shop itself.
For more, click on the Vintage and Special page on our site.
Cotswold Shop offers high definition images
As you will have seen, we take pride (and a lot of effort) in converting stock photos into images suitable for the web.
We also colour-balance the photos on an Apple Mac colour reference system, which means the colours you see on the web are as close as possible to the actual pot. We also watermark these images digitally and physically to prevent piracy.
There is, however, a limit to the definition possible on a web site: so we’ve added links to a full size, high definition image of each of the new individual 2016 pieces. Be warned, they may take a few moments to download ! (We're fortunate in being connected to Gigaclear’s brilliant FTTP network, which gives us download and upload speeds of 1000Mbps – and it’s far cheaper than BT !)
For an example (Times Gone By), click here.