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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.
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.