Situated in Helmsley, one of North Yorkshire's most popular & picturesque market towns, among the rural splendours of Ryedale at the edge of the North York Moors.
The small shop front rather belies the delights here; a somewhat eclectic collection. Sculptures by Christine Cummings, Jonny Bradshaw & Karen Fawcett. Oils, watercolours, pastels and limited edition prints.
Moorcroft pottery is a speciality with greetings cards to suit most occasions. You will definitely find something different. Everyone is very welcome. This is very much a family business and we do hope you will come in and browse.
designed by Rachel Bishop
Rachel Bishop adores flowers, a family trait if ever there was one, and it was a trait nourished at an early age. Rachel grew up in the New Forest with its idyllic rays of light and colour created by the sun as it danced with the leaves and branches of an ancient woodland. Throughout her 25 years at Moorcroft, Rachel has dedicated herself to each new idea with her own, very special passion for colour, design harmony and ingenuity, but what has always won the hearts and minds of her followers in all of her design triumphs, has been her use of flowers, their shapes, their colours and even their more spiritual qualities. Many of her designs feature quintessentially British flowers such as bluebells and daffodils, but her profound love of flowers goes far beyond that. In this collection, we see a mere capsule of Rachel’s favourite flowers and design styles, some coming with subtle nods to the designers of yesteryear and who continue to inspire her today. Morris, Voysey and Mackintosh, - even Moorcroft’s founding father, William Moorcroft himself, come into the mix.
In her 25th year at Moorcroft, we continue to see remarkable designs from Rachel who graduated from Staffordshire University with a BA hons in design before joining Moorcroft as sole designer in 1993 aged just 24. On her arrival, she had become only the fourth Moorcroft designer in 100 years, yet Rachel continues to astound, enrapture and delight enthusiasts with her unique Moorcroft style and her instinctive choice of colour, in very much the same way that she has done over the past 25 years. On this, her silver design anniversary, we salute her skills of today as well as her ability to reach back into the past and unlock the secrets of yesterday.
designed by Paul Hilditch
For a hundred years, the Royal Air Force has served its country with flying colours, controlling danger high in the sky without flinching to the admiration and gratitude of the free world. Formed towards the end of World War I on 1st April 1918, the RAF is the oldest independent air force in the world. World War I witnessed the arrival of those fearless flying heroes in machines barely off the test stages and with armaments sometimes more dangerous to the pilot than to the enemy on the ground.
Designer, Paul Hilditch, leads Flying Colours with a time line showing Britain’s most advanced and versatile fighter jet, the Typhoon Tornado, alongside the legendary Spitfire and in the rear a Sopwith Snipe. Each historical plane is flying over the white cliffs of Dover, a place in Britain synonymous with the RAF and their aerial missions.
Three great war planes on a single plaque is a magnificent ceramic image in its own right, but to keep Flying Colours company comes three coasters, one showing the Sopwith Snipe; the second featuring the Spitfire and the third the Typhoon Tornado itself. Moorcroft existed even before tanks entered combat in World War I and yet it is right and proper that it should pay homage to the three air born warriors without whose contribution the world would not be as it is today. We salute all three!