bluebell pottery designs     

 
A selection of bluebell designs for pottery made by Moorcroft in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, between 1898 and 2022, for recreational interest: illustrating the varied treatments of the same subject that can be made by the same and different artists in the same media over many years' time.

This gallery includes work by William Moorcroft, Walter Moorcroft, Sally Tuffin, Rachel Bishop, Emma Bossons, Kerry Goodwin, Paul Hilditch, Vicky Lovatt, Nicola Slaney, Anita Harris, Shirley Hayes, and Elizabeth Todd. And many highly-skilled modelers, moulders, casters, turners, spongers, tracers, tube-liners, painters, glazers, and firers in the making.

Page 3: 2016 to 2022

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2016
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Rachel Bishop
IMOGEN


11½ inch vase.

In the Shakespeare Collection — this from Cymbeline with bluebells rather than harebells, thought by scholars to be an error in the Folios.
"The flower that's like thy face, pale primrose, nor
the azured harebell, like thy veins ..."


Moorcroft Imogen vase by Rachel Bishop
Moorcroft Imogen vase vase by Rachel Bishop


2016
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Paul Hilditch
COOL WATER DAY


11½ inch plaque, signed and numbered.


Moorcroft Cool Water Day plaque by Paul Hilditch

Moorcroft Cool Water Day plaque by Paul Hilditch


2016
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Paul Hilditch
COOL WATER MOON


11½ inch plaque, signed and numbered.


Moorcroft Cool Water Moon plaque by Paul Hilditch

Moorcroft Cool Water Moon plaque by Paul Hilditch


2017
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Vicky Lovatt
BABY BELL


2 inch miniature vase.


Moorcroft Baby Bell vase by Vicky Lovatt

Moorcroft Baby Bell vase by Vicky Lovatt


2017
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Nicola Slaney
GRASMERE BLUEBELLS


5 inch vase, numbered and signed.

Red dot for minor flaws.

The two small lakes of Grasmere and Rydal Water are in the Lake District in Northwest England.


Moorcroft Grasmere Bluebells by Nicola Slaney

Moorcroft Grasmere Bluebells by Nicola Slaney

Moorcroft Grasmere Bluebells by Nicola Slaney


2018
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Emma Bossons
DINGLE DELL

• Trial


5 inch vase.


Moorcroft Dingle Dell trial 2018 by Emma Bossons
This trial dated 27-11-18
Premier Pottery photos.

Moorcroft Dingle Dell trial 2018 by Emma Bossons
Moorcroft Dingle Dell trial 2018 by Emma Bossons

Moorcroft Dingle Dell trial 2019 by Emma Bossons
This trial dated 12-02-19
Moorcroft Dingle Dell trial 2019 by Emma Bossons
Moorcroft Dingle Dell trial 2019 by Emma Bossons


2018
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Emma Bossons
DINGLE DELL


5 inch vase.
One of 40 numbered and signed.

Dingle Dell is a wood near the River Derwent in the East Riding of Yorkshire.


Moorcroft Dingle Dell vase by Emma Bossons

Moorcroft Dingle Dell vase by Emma Bossons


2018
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Rachel Bishop
WOODLAND MIST


8 inch vase.
One of 30 numbered and signed.


Moorcroft Woodland Mist vase by Rachel Bishop

Moorcroft Woodland Mist vase by Rachel Bishop


2018
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Nicola Slaney
RENISHAW HALL


5 inch vase, signed and numbered.

Renishaw Hall and Gardens is a country house in the parish of Eckington in Derbyshire, the home of the Sitwell family for 400 years.


Moorcroft Renishaw Hall vase by Nicola Slaney

Moorcroft Renishaw Hall vase by Nicola Slaney


2019
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Vicky Lovatt
A CLOUD OF BELLS


7 inch vase.
One of 15 numbered and signed.


Moorcroft Cloud of Bells vase by Vicky Lovatt

Moorcroft Cloud of Bells vase by Vicky Lovatt


2019
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Kerry Goodwin
A SPRING WEDDING


6 inch vase.
One of 25 numbered.


Moorcroft A Spring Wedding vase by Kerry Goodwin

Moorcroft A Spring Wedding vase by Kerry Goodwin


2019
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BUTTERFLIES

• Trial


Standard teapot.

Tubeliner and painter initials, but no designer monogram.

Moorcroft butterflies and bluebells teapot trial

Moorcroft butterflies and bluebells teapot trial
This similar trial plate design was also made in 2019 with Columbine flowers, which may have been the intention for this teapot as well.
Moorcroft Butterfly and Columbine trial plate
 


2019
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Vicky Lovatt
PURPLE BORDER

• Trial


8 inch plaque.


Moorcroft Purple Border plaque by Vicky Lovatt
Moorcroft Purple Border plaque by Vicky Lovatt
 


2020
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Rachel Bishop
ROYDON WOODS


8 inch vase.
One of 20 numbered and signed.

Roydon Woods is a nature reserve near Brockenhurst in Hampshire managed by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest and part of New Forest Special Area of Conservation.


Moorcroft Roydon Woods vase by Rachel Bishop

Moorcroft Roydon Woods vase by Rachel Bishop


2020
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Emma Bossons
BLUEBELL SONG


2 inch miniature vase.


Moorcroft Bluebell Song vase by Emma Bossons

Moorcroft Bluebell Song vase by Emma Bossons


2020
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FLORIAN BLUEBELL WOOD

• Trial


8½ inch plaque.

Tubeliner and painter initials, but no designer monogram.


Moorcroft Florian Bluebell Wood plaque trial

Moorcroft Florian Bluebell Wood plaque trial


2020
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Kerry Goodwin
ALBINO


4 inch ginger jar.
One of 25 numbered and signed.


Moorcroft Albino ginger jar by Kerry Goodwin

Moorcroft Albino ginger jar by Kerry Goodwin

Moorcroft Albino Ginger Jar by Kerry Goodwin


2021
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Emma Bossons
WILDFLOWER MEDLEY BLUEBELLS


4 inch plaque.


Moorcroft Medley Bluebells plaque by Emma Bossons


Moorcroft bluebells original watercolour by Emma Bossons
Emma Bossons' original design watercolour.


Moorcroft Medley Bluebells plaque by Emma Bossons


2022
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Emma Bossons
MEDLEY

• Trial


4 inch vase.


Moorcroft Medley vase trial by Emma Bossons



Moorcroft Medley vase by Emma Bossons
The production vase.
W. Moorcroft Ltd photo.

Moorcroft Medley vase trial by Emma Bossons


2022
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Kerry Goodwin
MASEFIELD

• Trial


5½ inch vase, signed.

This design illustrates the John Masefield poem, The Bluebells:
"We stood upon the grass beside the road,
At a wood's fence, to look among the trees ..."

Moorcroft Masefield vase trial by Kerry Goodwin



Moorcroft Masefield 2 vase trial by Kerry Goodwin
The related trial vase above is Masefield 2.
W. Moorcroft Ltd photo.

Moorcroft Masefield vase trial by Kerry Goodwin
 


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In August 1998 W. Moorcroft Plc. acquired Kingsley Enamels Limited, a family company distinguished in decorative metal work since 1904. The name was changed to Moorcroft Enamels, and traded from 1999 to 2006.
I have not had a particular interest in the enamel work, which have included bluebell designs, but have this example.


Elizabeth Todd
WILD SPRING FLOWERS


3½ inch vase.
250 numbered and initialed.

Moorcroft Wild Spring Flowers enamel by Elizabeth Todd

Moorcroft Wild Spring Flowers enamel by Elizabeth Todd




Moorcroft bluebell enamel by Phillip Gibson

Moorcroft Blue Bells enamel by Jayne Bishop
Above, bluebell enamels by Phillip Gibson and Jayne Bishop, auction photos.

Moorcroft Wild Spring Flowers enamel by Elizabeth Todd
 


 
British pottery artist Anita Harris was a member of the design studio for Moorcroft Cobridge Stoneware and Black Ryden from 2002, until those projects were closed in 2005.
The ten years prior she was head designer at Poole Pottery; then in 2006 she founded Anita Harris Art Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent.


Anita Harris
BLUEBELL LUSTRE


9½ inch vase,
2019 trial.


Anita Harris Bluebell lustre trial

Anita Harris Bluebell lustre trial


Anita Harris
BLUEBELL FOREST


8 inch vase.


Anita Harris Art Pottery has produced the hand-painted Bluebell Forest design in several shapes and sizes.

Anita Harris Bluebell Forest

 alt="Anita Harris Bluebell Forest
 

Missing designs title
The significant omission here is the 2001 Emma Bossons bluebell vase.
Also a 1995 floral mug by Sally Tuffin, and the 2004 Parisian Dream egg cup by Sian Leeper.
These will turn up in time.
Auction photos.
Moorcroft bluebell vase by Emma Bossons 2001
Moorcroft bluebell mug by Sally Tuffin 1995
Moorcroft Parisian Dream egg cup by Sian Leeper
 

Moorcroft Trial Designs

This outstanding ginger jar trial by Rachel Bishop was produced in 1995.
Sold at Hansons in 2020.

 
Moorcroft bluebell trial ginger jar by Rachel Bishop
Moorcroft bluebell trial ginger jar by Rachel Bishop
Moorcroft rabbit vase trial 1997
Moorcroft possible bluebell vase trial
Moorcroft bluebell pin dish trial
Moorcroft bluebell vase trila by Sian Leeper
The Ash Grove lidded bowl trial by Paul Hilditch, dated 15-10-2012.
The design illustrates the traditional Welsh folksong
The Ash Grove:
"Twas there, while the blackbird was cheerfully singing,
I first met my dear one, the joy of my heart!
Around us for gladness the bluebells were ringing ..."
Moorcroft The Ashgrove trial dish by Paul Hilditch 2012
Moorcroft The Ashgrove trial dish by Paul Hilditch 2012

 
This gallery was created by Paul Davies, Toronto, Canada, for recreational interest only.
I have very little experience with photography, taking these photos with a Samsung S-10+ phone camera using a white nylon sheet for a background. Brightness is low in favour of reduced glare and accurate colour.
Thanks to Julie T. Rose for encouragement and counsel.
Contact at industrialart@outlook.comwww.pauldavies.netwww.sybiltawse.info
 

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