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Moorcroft create our very own Limited Edition
Update 1st September.
We are sorry to announce that this piece has now completely sold out.
Kerry Goodwin has designed a unique vase especially for the Cotswold Shop. It comes in a Limited Edition of just 25 pieces worldwide.
The Cotswold Vase depicts the picturesque bridges of Bourton-on-the-Water and the quaint weavers’ cottages at Arlington Row in Bibury, framed with luxuriant purple foxgloves and verdant summer trees.
Kerry chose the classic eight-inch high 200/8 shape to showcase her design. It will carry her signature and our unique Cotswold Shop backstamp.
The Cotswold Vase will be the perfect gift or keepsake for anyone who lives in, loves or visits the Cotswolds. I feel honoured that Moorcroft have turned their traditional expertise and craftsmanship into creating this unique portrait of our very own Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Cotswold Vase comes in a Limited Edition of just 25 worldwide, and retails for £770.
For Moorcroft’s description please click here.
Kerry Goodwin design celebrates 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth
A Potter's Home depicts the Lakeland cottage of author and illustrator Beatrix Potter, whose Peter Rabbit tales spawned 24 books (and an entire sub-industry of giftware).
2016 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of the much-loved storyteller, and the silhouette of the black cat in the foreground is an allusion to a newly discovered manuscript that tells the tale of a plucky black cat.
Kerry’s five-inch vase is immediately attractive in its own right, so is bound to be popular with Moorcroft collectors and Potter fans alike. With an edition limited to 150 pieces worldwide allocations will be limited, so do drop me a line if you’d like to reserve a piece for inspection.
A new collection of old and interesting Moorcroft pieces
We have always kept a small amount of old Moorcroft in the Cotswold Shop and in recent months I’ve been building up a stock of pieces which I’ve decided to share on our website.
Some collectors love the older patterns because of the delicacy of tubelining and the depth of lustre and colours. In many cases (such as the Flambé ware) the chemicals and rare metals that were used in the glaze are no longer permitted to be fired in kilns for health reasons, meaning we will never see the like of these pieces again.
All our vintage stock is guaranteed to be in at least very good condition, with no chips, cracks, damage or restoration.
In addition I occasionally come across more recent pieces that are desirable because of their rarity – or simply because I like them. Unless specified, all recent pieces come with original Moorcroft boxes. In keeping with The Cotswold Shop’s philosophy, none of the recent pieces are seconds: we only ever sell first quality, undamaged pieces.
Prices include free shipping anywhere in the UK. We can also quote for fully insured shipping to the US, Canada and Australia.
I hope you enjoy our little collection. Please click here to see the full list and feel free to call or email if you have any queries or would like additional photos. We will be adding more pieces soon, and always have additional stock in the shop – many pieces sell before we have time to put them on our website !
Shakespeare and Evesham celebrated by new pieces
Moorcroft have released two new mini-collections: one celebrates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death; the other celebrates the joys of Evesham.
Both mostly centre around flowers for decoration, and very pretty they are too: standouts include Gillies, Butterfly Cloud and Kirke’s Blue from the Evesham Collection, Imogen from the Shakespeare Collection.
Three of the pieces depict the landscape and history of Evesham: Bredon Hill, Broadway Tower and Queenie’s Van.
Finally, there’s a cheeky little pot based on the real-life story of a rescued fledgling: Carey the Crow. Irresistible !
‘Designs from the Firmament’ collection celebrates her work
Emma Bossons is an extraordinary talent. The prolific designer has lead the Moorcroft Design Studio towards a world of organic design. Emma was made a fellow of the Royal Society of The Arts at the age of 24, having been a Moorcroft designer for only four years. Her face appeared on a Royal Mail first day cover to mark the fact that she was the youngest ever member of the Royal Society of the Arts.
Emma saw her work carry HM The Queen’s cypher during the Jubilee, including designing the brochure for the Lord Mayor’s parade, and the banquet menu for heads of state at Mansion House. Only a year after joining the eminent Moorcroft Design Studio in 2001, Emma designed Moorcroft’s best-selling range ever.
Adapted from Moorcroft’s text
Not a bad CV ! Emma has been responsible for some lovely pieces over the years. This celebratory collection has a few stand-outs, most obviously the Queen’s Choice Jardinière, a huge piece that comes with a significant price tag.
Perhaps more accessible are the eye-catching Honeycells (pictured right), with its mini beehive theme; Bellbind, a new clock shape with a pleasant decoration; and – continuing Moorcroft’s tradition with poppies – Popsicle.
All the pieces can be found by clicking on the links.
Magical new pieces now in stock !
It’s been an exciting day here at The Cotswold Shop as we take delivery of the first batch of pieces from Moorcroft’s new 2016 Collection, still warm from the kiln…
There are some real gems. To pick just three:
You won’t be surprised that Autumn Toadstools looks even better in reality than it does in our photos – a great design that depicts a long-loved Moorcroft subject on a classic shape, with a wonderful warm autumnal palette.
The Rooster vase from the dazzling Beauty Revered collection also surpasses expectations, full of tumbling vitality and vivid colour. Have a look at our new high definition images for persuasion !
But for sheer eye-popping briliance, the dazzling Quetzal that sits on the jug of the same name has no competition. Vicky Lovatt’s vibrant design has some of the deepest colourwork I’ve ever seen on a Moorcroft pot.
I’ve also received selections from the new Delphinium and Trefoil ranges, along with numerous other pieces. I’ve been fortunate in reserving the remaining few Blue Morpho pieces from the Costa Rica collection, so let me know straight away if you’d like one reserved.
Many of the pieces that arrived today have been pre-ordered by collectors, and following a detailed inspection, will be shipped off across the UK – and to Australia and America. I won’t even have time to admire them !
Moorcroft release 77 new pieces
Moorcroft have released their 2016 Collection. This is the most important launch of the year: it contains a total of 77 brand new pieces, including 15 Limited Editions and 4 completely new ranges.
I’ve been fortunate enough to view the collection and can promise it has some superb pieces at all price points. Full details and exquisite photos of all the new pieces are on our website. Have a look now !
We are currently awaiting brochures from Moorcroft. If you would like one please email me your address and as soon as they are received we will post you a copy.
Last orders for Christmas is Tuesday 22nd
If you're thinking of buying something special for someone this Christmas, or maybe giving yourself a well-earned treat, the last possible date we can send out orders is Wednesday 23rd, which means placing your order with us before 8pm on Tuesday 22nd. If you miss this deadline but still really need an item, call or email me !
The Cotswold Shop will be open until 3pm on Christmas Eve, and then open from Sunday 27th to Thursday 31st, from 11am–3.30pm.