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

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

The interior glaze applied to this bowl is known as ‘thawed snow’, which was one of the glazes created by Norman Wilson during his experimentations and was intended to resemble snow flakes on the surface. The exterior surface appears to have a grey matt crackle glaze, applied over the top of a brown base, the brown shows through the grey glaze in crazed lines. This is an example of Wilson’s ‘Unique Wares’, which he worked on at intervals from 1928 to 1963.

The interior glaze applied to this bowl is known as ‘thawed snow’, which was one of the glazes created by Norman Wilson during his experimentations and was intended to resemble snow flakes on the surface. The exterior surface appears to have a grey matt crackle glaze, applied over the top of a brown base, the brown shows through the grey glaze in crazed lines. 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. 1960s and uses shape design 5105.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/bowl
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
    N. W.
    [Printed in purple]

    NW
    WEDGWOOD
    MADE IN ENGLAND
    [Impressed]
  • Year produced: c.1960s
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Glaze: brown glaze, thawed snow
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: moulded
  • Accession number: 11136
  • Dimensions: H: 80 mm, Diameter: 190 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.