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Skills of the Nation - The Wheelwright - 1980

Skills of the Nation - The Wheelwright
    Skills of the Nation - 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 ‘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.

  • Type of object: Portraits and figures/figurine
  • Mark: WEDGWOOD
    MADE IN ENGLAND
    80
    [Impressed]
    THE WHEELWRIGHT
    by Colin Melbourne
    No.
    in a Limited Edition of 1000
    WEDGWOOD
    of ETRURIA &
    BARLASTON
    MADE IN ENGLAND
    [Printed in gold]
  • Year produced: 1980
  • Body: Black Basalt
  • Glaze: clear glaze
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: moulded
  • Accession number: 9674
  • Dimensions: 247 mm (height), 184 mm (width), 147 mm (depth)

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  • Colin Melbourne Designer

    Colin Melbourne - Designer (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.