Learn about Rachel Bishop

When Rachel Bishop joined Moorcroft in 1993, she was only the fourth Moorcroft designer in 100 years. She followed the founder of the firm, William Moorcroft 1913-1945, his son William from 1945 to the 1980s, and Sally Tuffin to 1992. In the 1970's the prosperity of the company continued to decline and the low point was reached in the mid 1980's at which time the company had only 16 employees remaining. The revival began when Moorcroft was purchased by Richard Dennis (the husband of Sally Tuffin) and Hugh Edwards. Richard Dennis and Sally Tuffin left the company in 1993, leaving the Edwards family in ownership. The design vacuum was filled by Rachel Bishop, and although only 24 years old when she joined, she was soon to see sales of her William Morris inspired designs flourish and with it the company continued its revival, its' employees now numbering several hundred. Her success was rewarded with the creation of the Moorcroft Design Studio in 1997, comprising eight designers with Rachel Bishop as the head designer.

Learn about Moorcroft

William Moorcroft was employed by Staffordshire pottery manufacturers James Macintyre & Co. Ltd. as a designer in 1897, and after a year he was responsible for the company's art pottery studio.

William Moorcroft created designs for the Macintyre's Aurelian Ware range of high-Victorian pottery, which had transfer-printed and enamelled decoration in bold red, blue and gold colours. He also developed the art nouveau-influenced Florian Ware which was decorated entirely by hand, with the design outlined in trailed slip using a technique known as tubelining. William Moorcroft's designs won him a gold medal at the St. Louis International Exhibition in 1904.

Each piece of pottery produced was personalised with Moorcroft's own signature or initials.

William Moorcroft and James Macintyre & Co. Ltd. split up in 1913 and Moorcroft founded his own factory nearby. Some finance came from the famous London store Liberty, and Liberty continued to exercise control over Moorcroft until 1962.

Moorcroft's reputation was further enhanced with the appointment of the Moorcroft company as Potter to HM The Queen in 1928. more...
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Moorcroft Poppy vase. On blue ground. Ovoid, with tapered cylindrical neck and everted rim. Design by Rachel Bishop. Painter's and tubeliner's mark to base. C. 1998. Height 32 cm

A Moorcroft vase sunflower designed Rachael Bishop. Bulbous form with moulded flowers. 24 cm high.

A Moorcroft pottery 'Verley' vase, 1997, by Rachael Bishop. One of 4 designs in the 'New Forest' series depicting the new forest bluebells drenched in moonlight, with makers stamps to base. Height 30.8 cm

A Moorcroft pottery tapestry of Time vase 2007, by Rachael Bishop number edition 46 signed with factory marks. Height 46 cm

A rare Moorcroft 'Dream of a Dove' pottery vase, c.2002, designed by Rachael Bishop. Note: Only a 155 of these vases were produced and available to Moorcroft 'Locked Room' Collectors Club members only. Height 20 cm

Two Moorcroft pottery wind of change vases, c.1999, designed by Rachael Bishop, signed with factory stamps. Heights 13 cm & 21 cm

Moorcroft Pottery Foxglove vase, c.1990's, designed by Rachel Bishop, signed factory stamps. Height 20.5 cm

Moorcroft tall limited edition vase, 139/200. Designed & signed by Rachel Bishop

Moorcroft jug 'Islay' designed by Rachel Bishop 1998 signed with factory stamps. Height 24 cm

A Moorcroft vase 'Oberon' pattern, designer Rachel Bishop with box (shape 393/4)

Moorcroft vase 'Passionfruit' 46/10 designer Rachel Bishop with box

Moorcroft vase 'Islay' 7/7 designer Rachel Bishop with box

A Moorcroft 'Masquerade' pattern vase by Rachel Bishop (shaped 72/6) with box

A Moorcroft plate 'Poppy' pattern designed by Rachel Bishop, boxed

A Moorcroft plate 'Poppy' pattern designed by Rachel Bishop, boxed

A Moorcroft pattern poppy plaque. Designed: Rachel Bishop, dated 1996. Diameter 26 cm

A pair of squat ovoid vases with cylindrical necks, decorated in the Sweet Briar design impressed Moorcroft made in England, 1988 and 1999 year marks, painters mark and tubeliners mark, signed Wm in brown and copyright 1997, designed by Rachel Bishop, 22 c

A Moorcroft Marika limited edition vase numbered 234/300 by Rachel Bishop. Height 37 cm

A Moorcroft Ragged Robin limited edition vase numbered 164/200, by Rachel Bishop. Height 24 cm

A Moorcroft Fly Away home vase by Rachel Bishop. Height 20 cm

A Moorcroft phoenix vase designed by Rachel Bishop. Height 20 cm

A Moorcroft plate, Passionfruit pattern by Rachel Bishop, short production run (boxed)

A Moorcroft vase, shape 80/9 'Centenary Carousel Jasmin' numbered edition No. 216 by Rachel Bishop (boxed)

A miniature baluster vase decorated with the Oberon design impressed Moorcroft made in England, 1994 year mark, painters mark, tubeliners mark, designed by Rachel Bishop, 10 cms high

A Moorcroft vase 'Leicester' designed by Rachel Bishop, 32/8 (boxed)

A Moorcroft vase 'Florian dream' designed by Rachel Bishop, dated 2006. Height 20.5 cm. Together with a Moorcroft Designer's Medley plate, dated 2007. Diameter 24 cm

A Moorcroft tall vase 'Holly hatch', designed by Rachel Bishop, boxed

Moorcroft vase, Sturt Desert Pea design, Rachel Bishop number 97 of a production of one hundred, production 1987. Height 28 cm

A Moorcroft Calgaroo vase designed Rachel bishop (Parramatta red gum). Production 2005. Height 31.5 cm

Moorcroft Cricklade jug designed Rachel Bishop and signed on base production 2001

A Moorcroft 'Sea Drift' vase signed 'Rachel Bishop' (with certificate)

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