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Barlaston shape toast rack - Havana pattern - 1957

Barlaston shape toast rack, © Wedgwood Museum
    Barlaston shape toast rack
    © Wedgwood Museum

This Barlaston shape toast rack is made of two different coloured clays. The racks are cream coloured whilst the base is coloured in a solid brown, creating a colourway known as "Havana". Norman Wilson designed the majority of the Barlaston shape range, and came up with the concept of fusing differntly-coloured clays together to form a two-coloured body. Whilst the majority of the Havana range features this innovation this piece has different parts of the object formed from the different bodies.

This Barlaston shape toast rack is made of two different coloured clays. The racks are cream coloured whilst the base is coloured in a solid brown, creating a colourway known as "Havana". Norman Wilson designed the majority of the Barlaston shape range, and came up with the concept of fusing differntly-coloured clays together to form a two-coloured body. Whilst the majority of the Havana range features this innovation this piece has different parts of the object formed from the different bodies.

  • Type of object: Useful ware/toast rack
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
    2R57
    [Impressed]
    WEDGWOOD
    of ETRURIA
    & BARLASTON
    MADE IN
    ENGLAND
    [Printed in green]
    D
    [Printed]
  • Year produced: 1957
  • Body: two-coloured clay ware
  • Glaze: clear glaze
  • Material: ceramic
  • Accession number: 9818
  • Dimensions: 57 mm (height), 178 mm (length), 97 mm (width)

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    Norman Wilson - Designer (1902 - 1985)

    Norman Wilson was born in 1902 and a master potter, designer and inventor. He was Works Manager at Etruria from 1927, Production Director from 1946 and Joint Managing Director from 1961. Norman Wilson was educated at Ellesmere College and graduated as a silver medallist from the North Staffordshire Technical College. He worked for a short period with his father who was also a china manufacturer before emigrating to Canada where he broke in polo ponies. He was recalled to the Wedgwood company by Frank Wedgwood who appointed him Works Manager at Etruria in September 1927. Norman Wilson was responsible for the introduction of the first gas-fired tunnel ovens at the factory as well as a wide range of new bodies, shapes and glazes. Mr. Wilson during the period 1930-1960 experimented and produced a wide range of Ornamental items such as vases and bowls in a range of ceramic bodies, and exhibiting a wide variety of glazes. He died in 1985. His son, Andrew Norman Wilson (best known as A.N.Wilson), born in 1950, is a writer, newspaper columnist and broadcaster.