bluebell pottery designs

 
A selection of bluebell designs for pottery made by Moorcroft in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, between 1900 and 2022, for recreational interest only.
This gallery includes work by William Moorcroft, Walter Moorcroft, Sally Tuffin, Rachel Bishop, Emma Bossons, Amanda Baggley, Kerry Goodwin, Paul Hilditch, Vicky Lovatt, Nicola Slaney, Shirley Hayes, and Elizabeth Todd. And many highly-skilled modelers, moulders, casters, turners, spongers, tracers, tube-liners, painters, glazers, and firers in the making.

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William Moorcroft title

1900
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William Moorcroft
BUTTERFLIES AND SPRING FLOWERS


6½ inch Florian Ware loving cup for James Macintyre & Co.


Moorcroft Florian Ware Butterflies Loving Cup


The bell-flowers are from the artist's hand and not really correct for a botanical variety, though the fronds are bluebell.
Moorcroft Florian Ware Butterflies Loving Cup

Moorcroft Florian Ware Butterflies Loving Cup

Moorcroft Florian Ware Butterflies Loving Cup

1904
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William Moorcroft
BLUEBELLS


3¼ inch miniature vase for James Macintyre & Co.


Mcintyre bluebell


Macintyre miniatures designed and painted by William Moorcroft are rare and, in general, of greater value than full-size pieces.

Mcintyre miniature bluebell vase by William Moorcroft
Two examples of William Moorcroft bluebell pottery for Macintyre from the archive at Andrew Muir.
Mcintyre miniature bluebell vase by William Moorcroft
Mcintyre miniature bluebell vase by William Moorcroft


1904
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William Moorcroft
MACINTYRE BLUEBELL PLATE for Liberty & Co.


10 inch plate.


Mcintyre bluebell plate for Liberty by William Moorcroft


Mcintyre bluebell covered dish for Liberty by William Moorcroft
Covered dish in the same pattern, auction photo.


Mcintyre bluebell plate for Liberty by William Moorcroft
 


Walter Moorcroft title

1984
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Walter Moorcroft
BUTTERFLIES
AND BLUEBELL


7½ inch vase.

Moorcroft Butterflies and Bluebell vase by Walter Moorcroft


This vase, along with a companion 'Butterfly and Brambles' and the 'Lily with Grasses' design, were produced in small quantities signed by Walter Moorcroft.
This is the only Walter Moorcroft design featuring bluebells.
Moorcroft Butterflies and Bluebell vase by Walter Moorcroft

Moorcroft Butterflies and Bluebell vase by Walter Moorcroft

Moorcroft Butterflies and Bluebell vase by Walter Moorcroft

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This 1948 Spring Flowers vase, and other, but not most, of the Walter Moorcroft Spring Flowers designs included some bluebells.

Moorcroft Spring Flowers vase by Walter Moorcroft

Moorcroft Spring Flowers vase by Walter Moorcroft
 


Moorcroft Sally Tuffin title

1988
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Sally Tuffin
BLUEBELL
SAKE CUP


From a set of six Sake cups made for ATO Galleries in Tokyo, sold in presentation cases holding your choice or two, three, or all six cups.


Moorcroft sake cup by Sally Tuffin
Moorcroft sake cup by Sally Tuffin

Moorcroft sake cups by Sally Tuffin

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The Sally Tuffin 1990 Buttercup design was produced as plates, vases, mugs, pitchers, and lamps in various sizes.

Only the 12 inch prestige vase had a few bluebells added at the bottom.

Moorcroft Buttercup vase by Sally Tuffin

Moorcroft Buttercup vase by Sally Tuffin
 


Rachel Bishop title

1995
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Rachel Bishop
CYMBELINE


6 inch ginger jar.

One of a series of five original limited edition Shakespeare ginger jars made exclusively for B&W Thornton of Stratford-upon-Avon.


Moorcroft Cymbeline ginger jar by Rachel Bishop
Moorcroft Cymbeline ginger jar by Rachel Bishop

Moorcroft Cymbeline ginger jar by Rachel Bishop


1997
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Rachel Bishop
VERELEY


12 inch vase.

Vereley is an area in
New Forest, Hampshire.


Moorcroft Verely vase by Rachel Bishop

Moorcroft Verely vase by Rachel Bishop

Moorcroft Verely vase by Rachel Bishop
 


Moorcroft Design Studio title

2000
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Emma Bossons
FUSCHIA AND BLUEBELL
2001 Year Plate


8½ inch plate.
One of 750 numbered.



Moorcroft 2001 Year Plate by Emma Bossons
Moorcroft 2001 Year Plate by Emma Bossons


2001
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Shirley Hayes
SPRING FESTIVAL BLUEBELLS


3½ inch egg cup.


Moorcroft Bees at Breakfast egg cup by Shirley Hayes

Moorcroft Bees at Breakfast egg cups by Shirley Hayes
One of a set of six floral Spring Festival egg cups.

Moorcroft Bees at Breakfast egg cup by Shirley Hayes


2005
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Amanda Baggley
BLUEBELL FLORAL


4 inch pin dish.


Moorcroft Bluebell floral dish by Amanda Baggley

Moorcroft Bluebell floral dish by Amanda Baggley

Other floral designs that include some bluebells or harebells have been produced, which although excellent aren't proper bluebell designs.

I show five examples:
Golden Lily (1993), Rain Daisy (the 2005 Moorcroft Collectors' Club vase), and Meadow White (2020) by Rachel Bishop, Rose End Meadows by Emma Bossons (2020), and, below, the Centenary plate by Rachel Bishop from 2007.

Moorcroft 2007 Centenary Plate by Rachel Bishop

The flower is painted is generally clear to see, or known by the item name or designer brief. For pottery in this collection, for a few designs, some galleries and auctioneers might say bluebell and others Scottish bluebell or harebell.
Moorcroft Golden Lily vase by Rachel Bishop
Moorcroft Rain Daisy vase by Rachel Bishop
Moorcroft Meadow White vase by Rachel Bishop
Moorcroft Rose End Meadows vase by Emma Bossons

Ivory Bells are a visually similar variety (Fritillaria persica), and the name of this 2004 six-inch vase by Philip Gibson.
Moorcroft Ivory Bells vase
Moorcroft Ivory Bells vase

This miniature is often called 'Periwinkle' and also 'Bluebell,' and may be Australian Royal Bluebell, but I think more likely Campanula.
Moorcroft Periwinkle Bluebell vase
Moorcroft Periwinkle Bluebell vase


2006
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Rachel Bishop
COMBERMERE


6 inch vase.

Combermere Abbey is a former monastery, later a country house, near Burleydam in Cheshire.


Moorcroft Combermere vase by Rachel Bishop

Moorcroft Combermere vase by Rachel Bishop

8 inch tray.
Signed.


Moorcroft Combermere tray by Rachel Bishop
Moorcroft Combermere tray by Rachel Bishop

 
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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