RHS licenses Moorcroft to produce pottery designs

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has licensed Moorcroft to produce The RHS Rose Collection.

This line of art pottery uses rose designs inspired by the RHS Lindley Library, described as the world’s finest collection of botanic art.

The RHS Rose Collection comprises six designs, based on famous roses. They are: Marechal Niel, with lemon buds which open into a contrasting yellow bloom; The Sphere, a contemporary spin on the classic pink rose; RHS Wisley, named after the Royal Horticultural Society’s garden in Surrey; Scotch Rose and Rosa, two interpretations of Scotland’s native bloom; and Eglantine, a wild rose.

All six designs appear on vases, while Scotch Rose also features on a coaster and round ceramic plaque with a wooden oak surround, while The Sphere has a matching coaster, and Eglantine also comes as a framed rectangular wall plaque.

The pieces were designed by a small group of artists who work within the Moorcroft’s design studio, using the RHS Lindley Library’s botanical drawings as inspiration.

The RHS Rose Collection has been designed to complement a new RHS publication ‘The Rose’, written by RHS historian Brent Elliot to celebrate these blooms.

Unveiled on May 27, the RHS Rose Collection is available from the Moorcroft Heritage Visitor Centre in Stoke-on-Trent and will then be launched to Moorcroft’s trade accounts – giftware shops, collectible shops and art galleries, at home and abroad – as well as to thousands of its Collectors’ Club members worldwide, and online on the Moorcroft website (moorcroft.com).

The Moorcroft factory, built in 1913, is at Burslem in Stoke-on-Trent. Elise Adams, managing director of Moorcroft, said: “Our customer demographic – the collector who appreciates high-quality, British-made, handcrafted, fine art pottery and the botanical themes we often favour – is a great match with the demographic of the people who support the RHS.

“We’ve developed a strong synergy with the RHS with our involvement in show gardens at both the RHS Tatton Flower Show and the RHS Chelsea Flower Shows, and now we are honoured and delighted to have the chance to play such an important role in this wonderful rose project.”

The RHS was founded in 1804 by Sir Joseph Banks and John Wedgwood to inspire passion and excellence in the science, art and practice of horticulture. It is entirely funded by members, visitors and supporters.


Eglantine design from The RHS Rose Collection

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