Moorcroft Pottery – What a find!!!
Last week at the Denver Brass Armadillo, I spent about 45 minutes just browsing through the store and found a piece of Moorcroft art pottery. It’s an incredibly beautiful vase, near mint condition, and it was quite inexpensive. What a find! Moorcroft vases, lamps, ginger jars, etc. can be expensive as it’s a very labor-intensive creation process. The story of Moorcroft pottery and the intricate, detailed workmanship that go into creating each piece is truly an amazing art form. Moorcroft Pottery has been in business since 1897 and that one fact sets them apart from other pottery businesses. It all began with William Moorcroft being employed as a designer for a Staffordshire pottery manufacturer. His famous process is called “tubelining” and is much the same process used today. William Moorcroft submitted a piece of his art pottery at the World's Fair in 1904 and won a Gold Medal with a pottery called “Florian Ware”. In 1913, Moorcroft opened his own business in Stoke-on-Trent, England. With much recognition and success, he was appointed as Potter to Her Majesty the Queen in 1928. What an incredible honor that must have been! Moorcroft Pottery creates beautiful masterpieces for art pottery lovers all over the world. Each year, Christie’s Auction House dedicates an entire sale just to Moorcroft pottery. Many Moorcroft pieces are permanently shown in national museums as well as the Victoria & Albert Museum in the England. I won’t go into the details involved in creating this type of pottery but you can see a wonderful demonstration for yourself by going to this website: http://www.moorcroft.com/Site/Making/ . The video is hosted by Eric Knowles, a well-known TV antiques expert on BBC. Several books have been written including “Behind the Glaze” by Neil Swindells which covers William Moorcroft’s life story and his work. Keep your eyes out and you may just find a piece like I did or some other wonderful find. The Brass Armadillo never fails to amaze me with the variety of antiques and collectibles. You just never know what you’re going to find!