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

Queen's ware Unique ware bowl by Norman Wilson
    Queen's ware Unique ware bowl by Norman Wilson

Queen's ware Unique ware bowl by Norman Wilson. Norman Wilson was heavily involved in the development of Wedgwood shapes, bodies and glazes. Between 1928 and the 1960s he created a number of unique pieces through experiments with bodies and glazes which have together become known as 'Unique'. This bowl is one such piece.

Queen's ware Unique ware bowl by Norman Wilson. Norman Wilson was heavily involved in the development of Wedgwood shapes, bodies and glazes. Between 1928 and the 1960s he created a number of unique pieces through experiments with bodies and glazes which have together become known as 'Unique'. This bowl is one such piece. Created c.1962 the round bowl has a fluted exterior created through the use of the engine turning lathe. The foot of the bowl is further decorated through turning. Whilst Wilson had invented this shape the bowl's character comes from the glaze techniques Wilson used to decorate it. The exterior is decorated with a mottled matt tan glaze whilst the bowl's interior has a vibrant white and blue glaze known as 'thawed snow'.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/bowl
  • Mark: NW
    WEDGWOOD
    MADE IN
    ENGLAND
    [Impressed]
  • Year produced: c.1962
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Glaze: tan, thawed snow
  • Decoration: glazed, engine-turned
  • Accession number: 13830
  • Dimensions: Diameter: 274 mm / Depth: 107 mm

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  • Norman Wilson Designer maker

    Norman Wilson - Designer maker (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.