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Designer Trials

The Long Road to Success

Designer trials can take up to two years before Moorcroft considers them ready to sign off as perfect. Some never make it that far at all. The long road to perfection has marker posts – Moorcroft calls them trials, each one of which is an improvement on its predecessor. Trial follows trial, some more than four months apart until the final piece emerges from the kiln. This becomes The Master, and is signed off as approved by the Moorcroft Director of Art. Some say that the trials can have a perfection all of their own – an individuality created by the very best tubelining and painting that Moorcroft can summon. There is something very personal about trials and it is that quality which makes them a pleasure to collect. Like all hand-made art pottery, some will carry a manufacturer’s blemish whilst others start to radiate the fact that a designer’s dream of perfection is there – or almost there. Each trial is a page in the story of design creation at Moorcroft, and for the first time, some of these exquisite trials are now available on-line for collectors worldwide to acquire.


Edelweiss - Vase

Edelweiss 92/6 Vase


Returning to the faithful palette of flowers, Moorcroft designer, Kerry Goodwin, sketched delicate w..

Chalk Hills - Vase

Chalk Hills 33/3 Vase


It is rare for an experienced Moorcroft designer such as Nicola Slaney to move outside her more fami..

Herald - Vase

Herald 198/3 Vase


Nicola’s design sees an attractive row of pearly-coloured scallops upon the shoreline of a shale-sca..

Onia - Vase

Onia 7/5 Vase


This delightful vase features one of Nicola’s favourite flowers, the peony. Onia, with a heady mulbe..

Macintosh Blues - Vase

Macintosh Blues 10/5 Vase


A vision in deep indigo and sapphire blues sees cool and tranquil waters surrounded by rolling hills..

White Heather - Vase

White Heather 104/6 Vase


The symbolism of the heather plant is rich and steeped in history. Growing on the windy hills of Sco..

Fly By - Vase

Fly By 576/4 Vase


The ubiquitous Canada goose is one of the best-known birds in North America but is no stranger to th..

Betrothed - Vase

Betrothed 35/5 Vase


The scallop design symbolizes the many European starting points from which medieval pilgrims began t..

Fly By - Vase

Fly By 576/2 Vase


The ubiquitous Canada goose is one of the best-known birds in North America but is no stranger to th..


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