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Moorcroft have released their 2017 print catalogue.
Moorcroft release 26 new pieces
In one of the largest – and best – collections of recent years, Moorcroft have unveiled 26 new Limited and Numbered pieces.
When I previewed the 2017 pieces in November I immediately fell in love with Sichuan Giant Pandas from the Limited Edition China Collection. These wonderful cuddly creatures are depicted doing what they enjoy most – eating bamboo ! Vicky Lovatt’s design takes advantage of the elegance of the 15-inch 365 shape, while maintaining a great sense of fun.
There’s humour too in Kerry Goodwin’s tribute to the legends of 1950s motor sport, Grace and Pace (great name). Classic sports cars battle it out in the legendary 24-hour Le Mans race – with a British Racing Green Jaguar naturally in the lead. This numbered edition is going to be very popular.
It’s rare that I fail to be impressed with the work of Paul Hilditch, and I was bowled over by the detail and perspective of his stunning Merchants of Venice. This richly coloured yet subtly toned piece comes in a Limited Edition of just 50 worldwide, and I’m tempted to keep one for myself !
Two other pieces by Paul richly require a mention. Off to Market is an evocative rural scene of an England of not so long ago – but one that has been almost lost. Perfect colouring, and again, perspective. Paul is equally adept at depicting the Italian countryside: Tuscan Trees is a sun-filled portrait of terracotta-roofed houses and chianti-red woodland as they catch the setting Mediterranean sun.
Moorcroft’s Limited Edition Countryside Collection contains Kerry Goodwin’s The Showground, a show-stopper of a vase depicting two pairs of shire horses. One of our unique digitally watermarked high resolution images details sides of this wonderful 101/12 piece, which comes in a Limited Edition of 50.
Special mention goes to Nicola Slaney’s plaque Sleeping Beauty. Not the drowsy maiden of the fairy tale, but the drowned Ophelia from Shakespeare’s Hamlet (as portrayed by John Everett Millais) forms the inspiration for this dreamy piece.
Finally, the work of Helen Dale, a welcome new talent at Moorcroft, should not be missed. Wedding Gift, in a Limited Edition of just 30 pieces, is one of the highlights of this year’s collection – a graceful fancy of flying doves.
The new pieces will be arriving by the end of the month. As all retailer allocations are small I strongly recommend booking any Limited Edition piece that takes your fancy. All pieces are available for pre-order – call me at the shop (01451 820547) or email if you would like further information or a print catalogue.
Click here for full details and photos.
Four new ranges, two new collections: over sixty new pieces
Moorcroft have released their 2017 ranges.
The four new ranges include Bellahouston (powerful colours on a designed inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh); Galanthus (an elegant, understated design based on a snowdrop); Phoebe Summer (fresh, pretty and attractively affordable); and a revamped Peacock Parade (in a new colourway and again with some keenly priced pieces).
Of the existing ranges, Bramble Revisited received the most updates, with seven new pieces, including a very attractive circular Plaque (PLQ18). Delphinium receives a superb Prestige piece in the 365/20 shape – very competitively priced for a 20-inch (50cm) vase.
You can also view the two new Limited Edition collections (The China Collection and the Countryside Collection) in this section.
For full details on all the 2017 ranges, please click here.
Illustrated: Phoebe Summer
Cotswold Shop offers unique high definition images
As you will have seen, we take pride (and a lot of effort) in converting Moorcroft’s stock photos into images suitable for the web.
Our own photos are taken as RAWs and colour-balanced using Adobe DNG on an Apple 5K iMac 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.
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.
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.
Pictured: Herend Kingfisher; Dennis Chinaworks Carp.
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.