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 Kerry Goodwin
Beatrix Potter, so often depicted with her Herdwick wool overcoat and squashed Fedora, had an affinity with the Herdwick sheep that left a lasting legacy on the fells of Lake Windermere in much the same way as her writing is to children, from generation to generation. In the 1930s, she won a number of prizes for Herdwick rams and ewes. Then in her will she left 15 farms and 4,000 acres to the National Trust and specifi ed the need to protect and sustain the traditional farming of Herdwick sheep. In truth, Beatrix enjoyed being the country woman farmer for the second half of her life, living simply with her solicitor husband in the wilds on the Lancashire side of Windermere in Castle Cottage, which she also left to the National Trust stipulating that it should be occupied by a local family.
The name of the house refl ects her rather complex personality - the ‘castle’ created as she adapted a humble cottage to embody her love of special features found in refi ned dwellings. ‘Although you could take the woman out of London, you could never take London out of the woman,’ is how Mandy Marshall, the current tenant of Castle Cottage, describes the way Beatrix developed the cottage. Among the features is an extension with two large rooms, one downstairs with south-facing French windows and a veranda out on to the garden, and one, her upstairs sitting room with a period fi replace and bay windows creating magnifi cent southfacing views of the surrounding fells, which was her room for writing. This façade is captured by Moorcroft designer, Kerry Goodwin, in Herdwicks of Windermere, complete with the gracious white faces and grey-brown fl eeces of Britain’s hardiest fell sheep, the Herdwicks circle the vase amidst rolling fells of deep mahogany and soft apple-greens.
designed by Nicola Slaney
A Royal baby is very-special. Moorcroft designer, Nicola Slaney, has done us all proud with her delicate floral display of delicate gypsophila, and small muscari flowers nestling together in a supporting drift of shaped leaves coloured in a light greenish blue. The designer has set this delicious mix against a ground colour of dark regal purple at the base, shaded to pure white up to the neck and rim of the vase, before leaving the interior to return once more to a dark regal purple. Muscari flowers are a favourite of Nicola’s and the variety she selected in homage to the Royal Prince for her celebratory design, is called Baby’s Breath, which gypsophila is also often called too. Royal Prince is a design for everyone, but especially for our new Royal baby.