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Skills of the Nation - The Miner - 1980

Skills of the Nation - The Miner
    Skills of the Nation - The Miner

The ‘Skills of the Nation’ series of figures, by Colin Melbourne, were produced in black basalt and designed in the 1980s. The three subjects were - ‘The Potter’, ‘The Miner’ and ‘The Wheelwright’.

The ‘Skills of the Nation’ series of figures, by Colin Melbourne, were produced in black basalt and designed in the 1980s. The three subjects were - ‘The Potter’, ‘The Miner’ and ‘The Wheelwright’. The last time that the three figures appeared in the British Retail Price Listings was in 1988 – at this time the price (including VAT) was £160.00 for ‘The Potter’, and £199.00 for the subjects ‘The Miner’ and ‘The Wheelwright. All were available in a limited edition of 1,000, and were boxed, as well as being individually numbered with a special gold printed backstamp. Each box was also accompanied by a sealed certificate and colour illustrated descriptive leaflet. This figure is an unfinished piece and is minus its base. This means that one can see that the figure is hollow and has been cast in a mould. As an unfinished piece it has not been marked and the miner's metal pick has not been fully secured.

  • Type of object: Portraits and figures/figurine
  • Mark: (Unmarked)
  • Year produced: 1980
  • Body: Black Basalt
  • Material: ceramic, metal
  • Decoration: moulded
  • Accession number: 12648
  • Dimensions: 200 mm (height), 80 mm (approximate width), 129 mm (approximate depth)

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  • Colin Melbourne Artist

    Colin Melbourne - Artist (1928 - 2009)

    Stoke-born sculptor Colin Melbourne trained at the Burslem School of Art before gaining employment as an assistant modeller at Wedgwood. He then won a scholarship to the Royal College of Art and after graduating worked with Wade, Beswick and the Marquess of Queensbury. In the 1960s he became a teacher at Stoke-on-Trent College of Art, and after it became part of North Staffordshire Polytechnic, now Staffordshire University, he was made head of the Faculty of Art and Design. Colin was the sculptor of many art works within the city which successfully captured the spirit of the Potteries and its people. He died at home in August 2009 aged 80.