In a Moorcroft career which started at the tender age of 20, Emma’s work has become extraordinarily popular with Moorcroft collectors. From the outset, her designs flashed across the world with her Hepatica range being the great Moorcroft design success of 2000. This was immediately followed in 2001 by Queen’s Choice; a best seller ever-since. For 2002, the young designer’s Golden Jubilee design was judged to be of sufficiently high quality for the Queen to consent to the use of the Royal Cypher on the base of each piece in the collection. A piece was also taken into the Royal Collection. A string of successful limited editions endorse the phenomenal rise to fame of a designer said by serious commentators to be the Moorcroft Design Studio member carrying the innovation mantle of the art pottery’s founding father, William Moorcroft. Perennial favourites among Moorcroft collectors include Queens Choice, and Sea Holly.
For 2014, Emma has designed ranges Anemone Blush, Ruby Red and Courting Birds which harks to exotic birds of Rozenburg Pottery.
She has also been working on a variety of limited and numbered editions. Chartwell tells a story of Winston Churchill’s hobby and home, Homemakers appealing to the nest builders in the world and finally, but most interestingly, Honeywort, which uses a lustre glaze on the bees wings for the first time in over a decade at Moorcroft.
Nicola achieved a high designer profile when Moorcroft witnessed a sell-out in six weeks of her millennium 50-piece limited edition, Jerusalem, at a retail price of more than £11,000! Another Nicola Slaney design, Anna Lily, a best-selling range, is still in production today after fifteen years, lovingly freshened-up with new shapes for 2014. Nicola’s reputation continues to grow by the year.
Her ranges, The Nursery and Stitch in Time, both of which are recent departures for Moorcroft, continue to be popular in their second year of production, designed with children and their nurseries in mind.
After the huge success of Nicola’s design, Peacock Parade for Moorcroft’s centenary in 2013, we see the range in this year’s catalogue along with new geometrical range Cinco in two colourways and also the ever-popular range, Blue Heaven.
Nicola’s final addition for the 2014 catalogue is a delightfully playful design, in which we see the furry faces of a panda and a tiger, the mighty tusks of an elephant and the pink nose of a zebra, all poking out from the safety of Noah’s ark. It is a colourful and spirited sight and one which has captured the imagination of both child and adult for thousands of years- a fine example of how Nicola’s designs never fail to delight collectors around the world whatever their age.
Rachel joined Moorcroft in 1993 aged 24 as only the fourth Moorcroft designer in 100 years. A true disciple of William Morris and a designer whose work is collected world-wide, Rachel can produce work of unsurpassed brilliance. Her designs already command premium prices in the major salesrooms of the world. As a designer, she is exceptionally adept at introducing limited editions, whilst her already popular range Chocolate Cosmos, with flourishes of rich, Chocolate-coloured petals, is debuted in the 2014 Moorcroft catalogue, with a powerful appeal to collectors of floral designs. Born to the job is how Rachel sees herself. Most would agree.
The 2014 Moorcroft Catalogue also sees the arrival of two other new designs by Rachel, but excludes the must-anticipated ceramic beauties she works on and releases throughout the year. Limited edition, Tranquillity is Rachel’s latest water lily design in which the cream-coloured flower sits neatly in the palm of a darkening lily pad, attracting the attention of jewel-coloured dragonflies. The lower part of the vase hosts delicate irises with leaves in dusky green, melting into the cool trickle of water at the bottom of the vase.
Illumination, her third design for 2014 and also a limited edition, incorporates ‘Foxglove Illumination Pink’, the flower which took the deserved title of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Plant of the Year in 2012. This tall, sleek vase also harbours little red ladybirds working their way through the undergrowth.
In 2014, Rachel continues to astound, enrapture and delight enthusiasts with her styling and colour choice, in the same way that she has done for over twenty years.
Kerry started her career at Moorcroft as a prolific designer in 2000. Fourteen years later, that is still the case. For 2014, Kerry has created a generous selection of superb designs for collectors worldwide. From the colourful and detailed character of her nautical scenes, Whitby and Dover, to the more serene designs of Gentian and Tail Dance, she harnesses a clever grasp on all the elements that characterize a good design and a successful limited edition.
This year, we also see an interesting range called The Hamlet which echoes the style of Art Nouveau movement with curving trees on a celadon body, flooded in the deepest, hypnotic blues and purples.
Kerry’s other 2014 range, The Honeysuckle Collection, is made up of four ginger jars capturing, in some way or another, the variegated blossoms of the honeysuckle family. Each piece in the collection represents a country or region, and therefore evokes different colours and different species of honeysuckle.
Kerry often takes inspiration from distant shores and this year her exotic design, The Floating Market, takes inspiration from the visual chaos of Thailand’s canals where local traders fill up their boats with cargo for sale. Colourful and pictorial, The Floating Market is set to be highly sought-after.
Kerry’s designs often reflect her vibrant and warm character, yet they continue to surprise us year after year.
Vicky joined Moorcroft in 1999 as a painter, and for many years both consistently and successfully entered pieces in the annual Open Weekend staff auction which takes place at the Moorcroft factory during Club Members’ Open Weekend each year. Her considerable success did not pass unnoticed. In 2006, Winter’s Moon was launched as an exclusive piece for Moorcroft Collectors’ Club members. This limited edition sold as quickly as one of Vicky’s famous meteorites that year. Further success followed and then, on 1st September 2011, Vicky was elected into the coveted Moorcroft Design Studio.
Since then, Moorcroft collectors have not been disappointed and in especially so in 2014. For the 2014 Moorcroft Catalogue Vicky debuts a range which she describes as the design she is most proud this year, Summer Silhouette. In this design, Vicky was enthused to utilize monochrome tones for a silhouette of cow parsley. She has also included thick tube-lining denoting the petals, making every piece exceptionally texturized. A similar technique is used on the seeds of her numbered edition design, Seeds of Time depicting the fluffy white plumes of aging dandelion heads.
We also see Eventide Winter, a range in which classic trees in the style of William Moorcroft climb out of a landscape hewn out of Pennine rock.
Of course, a catalogue wouldn’t be complete without an astrological design of hers and Neptune, with its abstract and mysterious depths, steps up to the mark this year. In a stark contrast to this, showing Vicky’s varied and malleable design style, Pied Wagtails demonstrates her natural ability to apply the subtle and tender details in birds, ranging from the shiny texture of their wing feathers to the light speckling on their under-bellies.
As a designer whose career is very much in the ascendant, Vicky’s early work is already sought after and thankfully, she continues to feed those appetites.