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 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!
designed by Kerry Goodwin
The wedding of Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh took place on 20th November 1947 at Westminster Abbey in London. This year the royal couple celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary - a platinum jubilee honoured through Moorcroft design.
William Neil McKie, the Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey, was the director of music for the royal wedding, and he wrote a piece of sacred choral music for the occasion, ‘We wait for thy loving kindness, O God’. Details such as these remain as iconic anecdotes of the royal wedding seventy years ago. This song in particular provided inspiration for the name of this special design. Yet, it is often flowers which speak to Moorcroft designers and this occasion was no different.
Inspired by the Queen’s wedding bouquet, made up of three kinds of British-grown orchids: cattleya, odontoglossum and cypripedium - to which was added a sprig of myrtle from a bush at Osborne House, Queen Victoria's house on the Isle of Wight, Kerry put pen to paper. She selected those fresh white orchids which we know are the Queen’s favourites and coupled them with springs of myrtle. The result is a wonderfully romantic and pure reminder of that momentous and special day seventy years ago at Westminster Abbey.