A very large and impressive Lorna Bailey teapot and cover, circa 2000
Lot 278
A very large and impressive Lorna Bailey teapot and cover, circa 2000
£1,000 - 1,500
US$ 1,300 - 2,000

Lot Details
A very large and impressive Lorna Bailey teapot and cover, circa 2000
Of diamond form with bracket handle and angular spout, painted in colours with panels of stylised landscapes with trees and cottages beneath a sunburst, number 25 from a limited edition of 25.
52cm tall, Ellgreave pottery mark.

Footnotes

  • This massive teapot by Lorna Bailey was the last made in a limited edition of just twenty-five and must have presented the pottery with some considerable challenges. In addition to the unusually large the diamond shape with central hole will have been particularly difficult to fire successfully. Its creator Lorna Bailey was born in 1978 in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, and she has lived and worked in ‘The Potteries’ her whole life, often using local place names as the titles for her works. Her design education took place at Stoke-on-Trent College, formerly the Burslem School Of Art, which boasts among its alumni Clarice Cliff, Susie Cooper and Charlotte Rhead. Indeed Lorna’s work is often likened to that of Clarice Cliff and one can’t deny a certain similarity in some cases although with a very modern and original approach. Lorna developed a love of art deco and collectable ceramics while travelling to antiques fairs with her father and the work of Clarice Cliff and Susie Cooper in particular influenced a deep interest in vibrant colours and unconventional shapes. Lorna’s father was instrumental in creating the Lorna Bailey brand, later to become LJB Ceramics, when he bought some of the assets of the liquidated Wood & Sons pottery to produce traditional hand painted ceramics under the ‘Old Ellgreave Pottery’ trademark. While still at college Lorna spent her spare time at the pottery decorating wares and experimenting with her own designs until this original work became a going concern in its own right by 1998. In that same year a very successful tie-in with ‘Collect It!’ magazine boosted sales and generated a great deal of interest in Lorna and her work. A collectors club was established and Lorna was honoured as Midlands Business Woman of the year.
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