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Queen's ware, Unique ware bowl by Norman Wilson - c.1960

Queen's ware, Unique ware bowl by Norman Wilson, © Wedgwood Museum
    Queen's ware, Unique ware bowl by Norman Wilson
    © Wedgwood Museum

This bowl has an aventurine glazed interior and a dark brown glazed exterior. Aventurine glaze contains the mineral iron pyrite, also known as ‘fool’s gold’, this gives the glaze its gold flecked appearance. The exterior has the aventurine glaze running in a band around the rim, graduating into a translucent dark grey, lighter grey/brown and then finally an opaque black before the base. The base is black with an unglazed foot. This is an example of Norman Wilson’s ‘Unique Wares’, which he worked on at intervals from 1928 to 1963.

This bowl has an aventurine glazed interior and a dark brown glazed exterior. Aventurine glaze contains the mineral iron pyrite, also known as ‘fool’s gold’, this gives the glaze its gold flecked appearance. The exterior has the aventurine glaze running in a band around the rim, graduating into a translucent dark grey, lighter grey/brown and then finally an opaque black before the base. The base is black with an unglazed foot. 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. 1960.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/bowl
  • Mark: NW
    WEDGWOOD
    [Impressed]
    H
    [Impressed]
  • Year produced: c.1960
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Glaze: brown glaze
  • Material: ceramic
  • Accession number: 10424
  • Dimensions: Height: 182 mm, Diameter: 80 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

  • Queen’s ware

    Queen’s ware

    In 1765 Wedgwood provided a tea and coffee service to Her Majesty Queen Charlotte (wife of George III) in the new earthenware body he had recently perfected. She was so pleased with the set that she not only allowed Josiah to style himself ‘Potter to Her Majesty’, she also allowed him to call his new earthenware ‘Queen’s ware’ - a name by which Wedgwood’s cream coloured earthenware is still known today.

  • Aventurine Glaze

    Aventurine Glaze

    Aventurine Glaze was developed by Norman Wilson in the 1950's. The final make-up after many experiments was : Borax 38.2% / Red Iron Oxide 13.5% / China Clay 3.8% / Flint 25.3% / Boracic Acid 31%. It was then ground for 2hours in paraffin. Ignited for one hour and calcined at 800 degrees centigrade. Then ground for use.

    The glaze was so called from its resemblance to the natural stone. The glaze has copper particles suspended in it which imitate gold. Norman Wilson developed this glaze specifically for the decoration of ornamaental pieces produced in small quantities under the general description of Unique ware.