Designer Rachel Bishop.
35 x 14.5cm
To celebrate 100 years of the Moorcroft bottle oven Rachel has captured iconic images which have emerged from that oven since 1919. Around the base of her design, a row of bottle ovens are spurting forth their grey plumes of smoke but from the dark billowing clouds comes light, which Rachel saw as a kaleidoscope of colour.
When Rachel set about creating a commemorative plaque to celebrate Moorcroft’s 1919 bottle oven’s centenary, she expressed a desire to capture some of the iconic images to have emerged from this biscuit kiln over the decades, starting with the early days of William and Walter Moorcroft, and on to Rachel herself and the era of the Moorcroft Design Studio. Around the base of her design, a row of bottle ovens are lined up like soldiers, spurting forth their grey plumes of smoke. However, from the dark billowing clouds comes light, which Rachel saw as a kaleidoscope of colour. The early Pomegranate design of William’s, with his Claremont toadstools, and Walter’s wine-tinted Anemones, are joined by orange poppies and bright blue harebells which add a splash of colour. These are intermingled with dandelion heads to remind us of Rachel’s famous Destiny vase dating from 2003. A stylised Mackintosh rose is used to celebrate this particular designer’s impact within the Moorcroft Design Studio. The Kaleidoscope of Colour plaque can be hung in any home as a proud reminder of the contribution over a century of design and colour that Moorcroft’s 1919 bottle oven has introduced to the world of art pottery for collectors’ enjoyment around the world.
History in the Making. A collection of Moorcroft vases celebrating it's proud history, reflecting on the developing techniques, local area and social history since the factory gates opened in 1913 in Staffordshire
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