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Six new pieces by Kerry Goodwin
From Moorcroft’s press release:
“To mark the 125th Anniversary of the formation of the RSPB, Moorcroft was stirred to create something quite special. To achieve this purpose, Moorcroft designer, Kerry Goodwin, created a six-piece limited edition collection called A Homage to British Wildlife.
Hand-made in England from start to finish, this celebratory collection is true to its word, allowing the natural world to shimmer in three dimensional beauty by using a vibrant and cohesive selection of colours nurtured by the world-renowned Arts and Crafts Pottery for more than a hundred years.”
For more details, click here.
Moorcroft adopt new pricing scheme
It’s been a busy few weeks here at the Cotswold Shop.
We have had a large number of the new pieces in, but they barely touched the shelves. Many were pre-ordered, and it's only now, with the second wave of deliveries, that we have pieces to place on the website.
We’re starting to see clear favourites emerge. The elegant palette of Chocolate Cosmos, combined with attractive pricing, has made it very popular among the new ranges. Ruby Red and the Homemakers’ Collection are similarly sought after. Clovelly came in this morning and it's absolutely beautiful. It’s number 2 out of 100 and the quality is superb.
Among the individual vases, the large pieces by Paul Hilditch have, perhaps predictably, aroused the most interest. More surprising has been the buzz around pieces like Honeywort and Pied Wagtails – though after seeing them “in the flesh” I can appreciate why these pieces are so desirable.
As you probably know, Moorcroft have a recommended retail price for all their pieces. Generally, we offer at least a 10% discount on almost all pieces on the website.
This year however, without consulting the retailers, Moorcroft have changed the rules. They have significantly increased the price of their pottery to me, but not reflected this in their suggested recommended retail prices. So the reality is that I have had to reduce the 10% discount on the new limited edition pieces.
Having said that I’m please to announce that we will match any price offered by Moorcroft (provided of course that we are comparing like-for-like). Naturally we'll match Gold Club member offers (provided of course that Club Members bring along their club card !). We have some very loyal customers at The Cotswold Shop, and we firmly believe that loyalty should be rewarded.
Pictured right: the very popular Chocolate Cosmos range
27 new limited/numbered pieces, 18 new or augmented ranges
Moorcroft have announced their 2014 Catalogue.
It contains some superb new limited editions (including what may be Paul Hilditch’s best ever work, the magisterial Back to Back) and many other delights and surprises. You can see the new limited pieces by clicking here and the new ranges here.
I expect pieces to start arriving in the next few weeks. As ever, the most popular limited editions will sell out very quickly, and dealer’s allocations will be tight. Do let me know if you would like to book any piece.
Santa Claus is coming to town
A special Christmas decoration for any Moorcroft fan, this three-inch high Father Christmas sells for £130.
He’s been designed to hang from your Christmas tree by a loop in his hat, and can also stand on his base. Yo Ho Ho !
Final collection rounds off a remarkable year for Moorcroft.
Moorcroft’s release of the Winter Legacy collection surprised collectors with its variety. Though Moorcroft claim the collection is “inspired by the colours of winter” – with pieces like Golden Bough and William Moorcroft’s own design Winter Trees – many pieces have a warmth and exuberance that ends the year on a heartwarming note. Briony Time tumbles with blossoms and berries and Winter Lantern melts away the ice with its deep red berry fruits on a rich blue ground.
Perhaps the most striking pieces comes from an artist who seems to be working at the peak of his talents right now – Paul Hilditch. Along with Winter Lantern Paul’s December Dawn is an unusual lidded box with a carefully drawn winter landscape. Limited to 100 pieces, it’s bound to appeal to collectors.
For more on the Winter Legacy collection, click here.
Latest Moorcroft collection proving very popular
I received my first batch of Legacy II pieces this week – and most of them sold instantly, either to collectors who had booked them or to those who dropped by to have a look at the pieces ‘in the flesh’. My initial allocations of The Walk, Study in Velvet, Moonlight Green, Florence and Chimney Town have sold out. I hope to have more pieces next week.
There’s been great interest in the Legacy II collection, perhaps because it’s Moorcroft’s centenary year, perhaps because of the variety and quality of the pieces themselves.
I still have some of the other Legacy II pieces in stock – notably William at Work, Trentham Prize and Glendair – but remember that many of the Legacy II pieces are Limited and when they’re gone, they’re gone.
Consequently, if you have your heart set on a piece, Limited or Numbered, do let me know. Allocations of Limited pieces are small for all retailers, and you may have to wait for the popular Numbered pieces.
As ever we offer at least 10% off list prices, free insured shipping anywhere in the UK and a free copy of ‘William Moorcroft: Behind the Glaze’, worth £30, with every Legacy II piece purchased. Most importantly you have my personal guarantee that you are buying the Best of the Best.
Moorcroft supplement Legacy collection with two magnificent vases
Moorcroft have released two new prestige pieces: The Walk by Kerry Goodwin (left) in the 19/24 shape is two feet tall. Like the smaller limited edition piece, it takes its theme from Moorcroft's history. Only ten pieces will be made, and The Walk will retail at £12,960.
Cornflower Cavalcade (95/20) is again a large piece, sharing its design with Vicky Lovatt’s beautiful limited edition range. Twenty five pieces of the prestige Cornflower Cavalcade will be made, and will retail at £3765.
I will post more details as I receive them. If you are interested in either piece, please call me.
Beautiful new numbered and limited pieces added.
Moorcroft have released the second installment of the Legacy Collection, a group of limited and numbered editions that (mostly) reference and celebrate the hundred years since William Moorcroft opened his pot bank on Sandbach Road in Burslem.
Stand out pieces include William at Work, another of Paul Hilditch’s great character studies; Chimney Town, a lidded bowl revelling in the Potteries’ industrial landscape; Cornflour Cavalcade, a sumptuous (and affordable) limited edition collection of five pieces; and Trentham Prize, a vibrant vase of dazzling orchids.
Moorcroft are producing the pieces at full tilt, and retailers are expected to have their allocations by the third week of September. As always, if you see anything you desire let me know and I can book it for you. Several of the pieces are limited editions, and demand will be high.
As with the first Legacy Collection, all of the pieces will have a special centenary backstamp, and I am giving away a complimentary copy of William Moorcroft’s biography ‘Behind the Glaze’ with every limited and numbered edition.
For more details of the Legacy Collection II, click here.