Posted 5th July 2013
Watts Contemporary Gallery
Rachel Bishop, Head Designer at Moorcroft Pottery, visited the Watts Chapel in 2012 and was immediately drawn to the art nouveau and Arts & Crafts stylings of the extraordinary building designed by Mary Seton Watts.
The Seraphs vase is inspired by the interior of the Chapel and is sold to benefit the appeal to save Mary and G.F. Watts’s home and studios - Limnerslease.
According to Rachel, “The Seraphs is the inevitable outcome of my personal journey into Mary Watts’s intriguing world where a rich tapestry of symbols have been put together with purpose, meaning and love to help her towards her own spiritual closure, all wrapped up in the world of Tennyson, WB Yeats, Walter Crane, William Morris, and Burne-Jones, with inspiration from Byzantine and Celtic models.”
For Rachel, the Watts Chapel seraphs started as an expression of blessings that have been placed intuitively by Mary for our consideration, and in true Arts & Crafts style, Rachel’s design works up from the base of the vase in Celtic weave, with life in the floral world our first destination. The Arum lily, seen by Mary as ‘the white flower of a blameless life’ is special to Rachel, as is the bright, shining daffodil she uses to lift the design onto the next level where a Seraph’s elongated form echoes thoughts of higher realms and the power of redeeming love.
With the clear synergy between Watts Gallery and Moorcroft Pottery, we have embarked together on a series of events and collaborations which we hope will bring new audiences to both.
The first of these events is on the 27 July and will launch a limited edition vase inspired by Mary Seton Watts’s designs for the Chapel in Compton. Created by head-designer Rachel Bishop, The Seraphs will be sold in support of the appeal to save Limnerslease - the Watts’s home and studio in Compton. In October 2013 there will be a special exhibition of 100 Moorcroft pieces in the unique setting of Limnerslease.
Find out more about the exhibition
The Seraphs vase will be avaiable exclusively from Watts Gallery from Saturday 27 July 2013. Advance orders can be placed now.
Limited edition of 50 vases with just 48 for sale.
£595 (Friends of Watts Gallery can save 10%).
Call 01483 813 593 to order your vase.