9 Sep 2016

Five on Friday



I'm joining Amy's Five on Friday link up again.  It's good to be back! I shall enjoy seeing what everyone else has shared this week too.

This week I'm sharing five beautiful pieces of Moorcroft pottery that were on display in Cannon Hall Museum, Barnsley, Yorkshire.

Moorcroft pottery has often been featured on television programmes such as the Antiques Roadshow and the style of design where colours are applied by hand inside a raised outline to give a three dimensional look is very distinctive. A transparent glaze is applied and the pot is fired twice resulting in a high gloss and bright colours that has become Moorcroft's trademark.  At Cannon Hall there was a room dedicated to design that's probably used by local schoolchildren for sessions to learn through looking, drawing and creating their own designs.  A display explains how the glazes were applied at each stage of production and many beautiful examples can be seen in the cabinets. Below are five of those pieces that show the development of Moorcroft design from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day.  I wonder which is your favourite?  The work that has gone into designing, making and decorating these pots is impressive.  It's difficult to choose one over another, I think.

Early Moorcroft


Vase c. 1914
'Hazeldene'  V & A Grant purchase
'Hazeldene' was one of the early landscape designs by Moorcroft



Vase c. 1915
'Spanish'
'Spanish' was one of the designs showing
a change in direction from William Moorcroft
in style, colour and decoration.

Contemporary Moorcroft



Jug  2005
'Apollo'   Sian Leeper


Vase 2008
'Kulin'  Philip Gibson


Vase  2011
'London 2012'      Paul Hilditch

The images on the vase evoke memories of the Olympics and
Paralympic Games that were held in London 2012.
Featured are iconic buildings such as St. Paul's Cathedral
and 30, St. Mary Axe (commonly known as The Gherkin)


Wishing you a good weekend,
Linda:)

45 comments:

  1. For myself I would choose the first - I like the muted colours and the end of the Art Nouveau period design.

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    1. That's the one that I was attracted to and the one I would love to own! I like the tree and water design and the subtle colours, but it's interesting to see the inspiration behind the subject of each design.

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  2. Such amazing objects - oh my! Thank you for sharing Linda - wishing you a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Riitta. Enjoy your weekend whatever you're doing.

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  3. The first one is my favourite without a doubt, I like the simplicity of it, the others are just a little too busy for my liking.

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    1. That first one with its simpler design is beautiful. Hand crafted pottery where every piece is unique would be a pleasure to own.

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  4. I also like the first piece out of those you have shown although my favourite Moorcroft design is the anemone pattern especially on a dark blue background. x

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    1. The anemone pattern is pretty - one of my favourite flowers so I also like that particular Moorcroft design.

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  5. We have just driven down through the city past the Moorcroft studio and factory shop whilst on our way home. I prefer the top one for the colours and pattern but also like the second and third ones for their shapes:)

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    1. I would love to take a tour of the Moorcroft studio. I'm sure it would be a fascinating visit.

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  6. Good Afternoon Linda, It is lovely to meet you. I discovered your blog while visiting Love Made My Home and decided to pop over and say hello.
    Now, this is where I differ from your other readers as my favourite is the Apollo jug. I love the shape of the jug and also the colour. Yes, I have to say, I have the perfect spot for it in my home.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Best Wishes
    Daphne

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    1. Thank you for your visit Daphne. It's good to meet you through Five on Friday. Everyone of those pots has a unique charm. I do like the shape of the jug 'Apollo' and as I'm a lover of butterflies I'm drawn to any item with an image of a butterfly on it. I would love to see a real Apollo butterfly. I shall return your visit very soon.

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    2. Hello again Daphne. I've added you to my Reader, but unfortunately I cannot leave a comment on your blog as I'm not linked to G+.

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  7. Wow! All those vases you shared of Moorcroft pottery are stunning. Happy Friday!

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    1. Thank you for dropping by. I hope you're having a good day yourself.

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  8. Hard to choose a favourite, although I might go for the cityscape - if I absolutely have to make a choice!

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    1. The detail on those contemporary Moorcroft pieces, especially 'London 2012' is amazing.

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  9. it looks really beautiful ! it's quite a difficult technique, I have done pottery myself in the past, but the traditional one !

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    1. I've never thrown a pot. Making pottery items must be a very satisfying experience.

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  10. they are all beautiful. Koulin is my favorite and my mother would have chosen Spanish.. I love Roadshow..

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    1. Thanks for your response. I can understand why you like 'Kulin' - the vibrant colours are gorgeous.

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  11. I can think of only one word to describe this pottery - exciting. Such talent! And also excited that this might have been another outing recently. More progress in your recovery?

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    1. The Moorcroft pottery on display in the museum is special. I would like to go to a studio and see the complete creative process of production. My outing to Cannon Hall was two weeks ago. Looking back there has been progress in my recuperation. I was pleased to go out, but glad to get home and rest. This last week I've felt well enough to take walks and travel locally on the bus and tram. That's progress!

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  12. I do like Moorcroft pottery, it's so expensive though. The pots you've shown us are quite different to the usual ones you see, I think I like the Kulin vase best as it's so bold!

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    1. I would never be able to afford Moorcroft, but I do appreciate looking at examples of lovely pottery. Instead I've bought small vases and pots from individual potters that are much more affordable.

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  13. Hello my lovely! What an interesting post! I LOVE the Modern Moorcroft- it is so pretty- especially the one evoking buildings!

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    1. Hello Kezzie. The Moorcroft vase with the London scene is impressive. I like the detail of the Thames Embankment lamp - a clever design.

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  14. I love Moorcroft pottery, particularly the early pieces. There is something very special about the textures and colours.

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    1. I too like the Art Nouveau designs and decoration, although each period has its charm. Cannon Hall has acquired a good collection of beautiful pottery.

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  15. How interesting Linda. I love pottery and all these specimens are gorgeous although totally different, I think the first is my favourite, it's just like a water colour painting.xxx

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    1. The early piece 'Hazeldene' shows well the technique of washing the colours over each other in the decorating process to give that softer look. Wonderful!

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  16. Impressive pieces for sure. I like Apollo.

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    1. Apollo is a beautiful piece for sure, Ellen. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.

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  17. So glad you have felt well enough to be out and about. Progress! Each piece of pottery is beautiful in it's own way...I love the creativity. Thanks for sharing, Linda.

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    1. You are welcome, Gracie. Thank you for visiting.

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  18. They are all gorgeous, but I think I love "Kulin". The texture and colors is spectacular. What a lovely exhibit. So nice to see you back here. Sending hugs!!!

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    1. Hello Marilyn. The textural detail on those flowers and the combination of colours make this vase a very special creation. It's good to have been able to join in Five on Friday again. Thank you for your love and support.

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  19. Beautiful pots! I think that I like the first one best of all, but they are all good. Thank you for joining in, I hope you have a great weekend! xx

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    1. Thank you for organising Five on Friday, Amy. Wishing you a peaceful weekend. Continuing to think of you.

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  20. Good Morning Linda! So good to see you here. You are right. These pots are exquisite. Such beautiful color combinations and yes, it's hard to choose between them. I loved the first immediately, but then was impressed again by each one that came next. I'm glad I don't have to choose. Sending hugs and blessings.

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    1. Hello Gloria. Thank you for visiting and for your support.

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  21. Wow, - how have I never heard of this before? Beautiful stuff!

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    1. Moorcroft items are beautiful. A small piece can be sold for quite a large sum. As for me, I just like looking at the designs, especially the ones specially commissioned.

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  22. Isn't Moorcroft beautiful. I have never seen a piece that I haven't liked. Sadly I have never invested in any not even a tiny keepsake.
    Have a lovely weekend :)

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    1. I think Prunella would love a small bowl-shaped vase with the anemone pattern on it. I can see her arranging some pretty flowers in it. Hope you're all enjoying your weekend too.

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