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MOORCROFT SA DESIGN COMPETITION (article first published : 2007-08-23)

The Moorcroft South African Design Competition is presented by Pascoe and Company of Miami USA in association with The National Antiques & Decorative Arts Faire. Proceeds will benefit the Twilight Children Charity.

Moorcroft is one of the world’s oldest art potteries, dating back to 1897 when William Moorcroft developed his distinctive decorating technique in Stoke-on-Trent, England. South Africans have been enthusiasts of Moorcroft’s floral designs for many years and some stunning vases from the 1930s were decorated with the King Protea and African Lily designs. Recently the artists of Moorcroft’s prestigious design studio have focused their attention once again on this country’s flowers, birds and animals to create the “South African” collection which is currently enjoying enormous success with collectors around the world. Visit www.pascoeandcompany.com

Now the Moorcroft Pottery invites South Africans to design a vase with a South African theme. As long as the subject is inspired by South Africa, it can be any design style that suits the decorative techniques used on Moorcroft vases. Competition entries should be in the form of a watercolour drawing using one of the specified Moorcroft shapes.

The overall winner of the competition will receive a cash prize of R5,000 and eight winning designs will be made into limited edition vases at Moorcroft in England. The winning vases will be produced in editions of two - the first piece will be presented to the winner and the second will be auctioned for charity in July, 2008. The Moorcroft Design Competition Auction will benefit the Twilight Children non-profit organization in Johannesburg which supports street children with shelter and outreach programmes including skills training, such as pottery and other artwork. For more information visit www.twilightchildren.co.za

Interested designers should visit future Moorcroft events hosted by Pascoe and Company from Miami, Florida, USA for inspiration and further details. These will take place on October 27 and 28 at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, and on November 3 and 4 in Kirstenbosch Gardens in Cape Town.

At the Pascoe and Company events, the latest pieces in Moorcroft’s South African collection will be displayed and those attending can watch a Moorcroft artist at work. Their decorating technique is unique and involves trailing liquid clay on to the surface of the vase to outline the design, a process known as tube-lining. The ceramic colours are then floated on to the un-fired vase within the contours of the tube-lined design.

The Moorcroft South African Design Competition is open to all and there will be two groups with four winners chosen from each: Up to 16 years old, and Over 16 years old.

The competition closes on November 15 when the entries will be sent to Moorcroft in England for judging by the Design Studio. Winners will be announced in March 2008 and the winning pots will be presented and auctioned for charity at the National Antiques & Decorative Arts Faire which takes place from July 25 to 27, 2008.

Competition entry forms with Moorcroft vase profiles are available from Giuli Osso on 011 802 1611 or email giuli@gocomms.co.za




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