New designs added to beautiful range of art pottery using designs inspired by roses.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced that Moorcroft, a leading name in the world of art pottery and a valued licensing partner of the RHS for a number of years, has produced three new additions to its RHS Rose Bouquet Collection, a beautiful line of art pottery designs inspired by roses.
The three new items are:
- A Whiter Shade of Pale
A vase whose design highlights the elegant Alba Semi-Plena rose. Perfectly formed, pure white rosettes clamber and climb across this vase.
A clock whose design is based on the Mutabilis rose, whose colour varies as it changes by the hour. This design harnesses the transition as the rose seeps from yellow to pink to coppery crimson.
A jug whose design highlights the beautiful climbing Mermaid rose, one of the most beautiful climbing roses, bearing large, white-fading-to-canary-yellow flowers with long, sulphur-yellow stamens.
All three pieces are limited editions. Fifty pieces of the vase are being made, 40 pieces of the clock and 30 pieces of the jug. Each will be back-stamped on the base with the RHS logo.
The new pieces launched in January. They are available at the Moorcroft Heritage Visitor Centre in Stoke-on-Trent and through all Moorcroft retailers both in the UK and abroad, including major stores, independents and china and glass retailers. They will also be available online at the Moorcroft website.
The original RHS Rose Bouquet Collection, which launched in May 2017, was composed of six designs, based on famous roses, appearing on vases, coasters and plaques. All pieces are designed by members of the small group of highly skilled artists who work within the prestigious Moorcroft Design Studio, using either the RHS Lindley Library’s world-famous botanical drawings or specially chosen roses as inspiration. To see the Moorcroft RHS Rose Bouquet Collection visit www.Moorcroft.com
The RHS Rose Bouquet Collection was designed to complement an RHS publication, The Rose, a book specially written by RHS historian Brent Elliot, and subtitled A History of the World’s Favourite Flower in 40 Captivating Roses with Classic Texts and Rare Beautiful Prints.
Moorcroft will be exhibiting its art pottery at a number of RHS flower shows this year including RHS Chelsea, RHS Chatsworth, RHS Hampton Court Palace, RHS Malvern and this year, for the first time, RHS Garden Wisley. Some of the stands will feature a Moorcroft artist who will offer demonstrations of tube lining (the application of a fine line of liquid clay slip) and hand painting to the public.
Moorcroft and the RHS have collaborated a number of times in recent years, firstly with Moorcroft’s silver-gilt-medal-winning Moorcroft: Natural Woman show garden at the RHS Tatton Flower Show in 2008, and then with centrepieces for Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s show gardens at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2013 and 2014.
The Moorcroft factory, built in 1913, is in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. Supported by designs from the world-famous Moorcroft Design Studio and the skills of a dedicated workforce of artists, craftsmen and craftswomen, Moorcroft pottery sells all over the world, while examples, both old and new, fetch high prices in the major salesrooms of the world.
Elise Adams, Managing Director, Moorcroft, says: “Roses symbolise a vast multitude of emotions and offer an intoxicating spectrum of colours, making them a glorious and memorable inspiration for this RHS collection. We are thrilled to be working with the UK’s leading gardening charity and looking forward enormously to displaying our work at many of this year’s RHS flower shows.”
Cathy Snow, RHS Licensing Manager, says: “We are delighted to be continuing our fruitful and rewarding collaboration with Moorcroft. The superb RHS Rose Bouquet Collection has been further enhanced by these elegant new additions, which display Moorcroft’s renowned heritage craft techniques to extraordinary effect.”