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Queen's ware, Unique ware vase by Norman Wilson - c.1962

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

This Queen’s ware vase has been fluted, by using the engine turning technique, to reveal grooves of black glaze known as ravenstone or white glaze known as moonstone. It has a moonstone glazed interior. This is an example of Norman Wilson’s ‘Unique Wares’, which he worked on at intervals from 1928 to 1963.

This Queen’s ware vase has been fluted, by using the engine turning technique, to reveal grooves of black glaze known as ravenstone or white glaze known as moonstone. It has a moonstone glazed interior. 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 looks similar to Wilson shape number 5077. Additionally, this piece shows evidence of damage and restoration carried out to its base.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/vase
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
    N. W.
    [Printed in brown]
  • Year produced: c.1962
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Glaze: Moonstone, Ravenstone
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: engine-turned
  • Accession number: 11132
  • Dimensions: H: 130 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.

  • Moonstone

    Moonstone

    Moonstone was one of 'egg-shell' or 'satin' sheen glazes resembling marble in surface finish. This basic white matt version was introduced in 1933 and was used extensively on shapes modelled by Keith Murray, as was the black colour version known as Ravenstone. The glaze continued to be used right up to present times with the composition only being slightly altered with the use of matting agents to improve appearance and durability.

  • Ravenstone

    Ravenstone

    Ravenstone was the black version of the original white matt glaze known as Moonstone. Introduced in 1933, the glaze, which resembled a marble finish, was used extensively on the shapes created by Keith Murray. The composition of the glaze has remained more or less the same up to the present day, save for a few alterations to improve appearance and durabilty.