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Bone china Unique Ware powder bowl by Norman Wilson - c.1962

Bone china Unique Ware powder bowl by Norman Wilson, © Wedgwood Museum
    Bone china Unique Ware powder bowl by Norman Wilson
    © Wedgwood Museum

This powder bowl has a black and white agate pattern and was created by mixing together differently coloured bone china bodies before the object was thrown on a wheel. This is an example of Norman Wilson’s ‘Unique Wares’, which he worked on at intervals from 1928 to 1963.

This powder bowl has a black and white agate pattern and was created by mixing together differently coloured bone china bodies before the object was thrown on a wheel. This is an example of Norman Wilson’s ‘Unique Wares’, which he worked on at intervals from 1928 to 1963. Wilson experimented with glazes and decoration applied to pre-made shapes. Many of these shapes were designed by Wilson and based on Chinese or Korean models with a majority of them being hand-thrown, although his experimental glazes were also applied to other Wedgwood shapes. Most of Wilson’s pieces were marked with his initials ‘NW’, in addition to other typical Wedgwood markings. This particular object was made C.1962 and uses shape design 4602.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/bowl
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
    N. W.
    [Printed in brown]
    WEDGWOOD NW
    [Impressed]
    MADE IN ENGLAND
    [Impressed]
    H
    [Impressed]
    WM 35
    [Written in pencil]
  • Year produced: c.1962
  • Body: Bone china
  • Glaze: clear glaze
  • Material: ceramic
  • Accession number: 11129, 11129a
  • Dimensions: H: 130 mm, Diameter: 105 mm

Related people

  • Norman Wilson Designer

    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.

Glossary

  • Bone china

    Bone china

    A porcelain made from clay and feldspathic rock with the addition of about 50 percent of calcined animal bone. Josiah Wedgwood II introduced bone china at the Wedgwood Etruria factory in 1812.

  • Agate ware

    Agate ware

    Pottery made in imitation of the naturally found agate stone, produced either by wedging coloured clays to form a solid agate body, or by the blending and application of coloured slips on the surface.