Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Norman Wilson (1902-88) was a master potter and inventor who was Works Manager at the early Wedgwood Etruria factory and later deeply involved in the design of and planning for the new factory at Barlaston. Wilson's matt (matte) glazes (Moonstone & Ravenstone) were perfect for Keith Murray and John Skeaping wares while his Alpine Pink bone china body, Globe shape coffee sets, the Leigh shape for bone china, the Barlaston shape for Queen's Ware and his own original glazes, known as Norman Wilson Unique ware, are all well-known and highly collectible today. Famed Wedgwood scholar Robin Reilly sums up Wilson's value to Wedgwood thusly in his Wedgwood Dictionary: "Norman Wilson's achievement was threefold: he exercised a strong & beneficial influence on the design of Wedgwood tableware shapes; as an inventor & technician he raised Wedgwood to a pre-eminence in production standards and efficiency unknown since the 18th century; and as Production Director he selected and trained a team of young and talented managers who would build upon the secure foundations he had laid." High praise indeed. Please go here to read a wonderful article, from 2009 but very timely, written about Norman Wilson by his son. The article is beautifully illustrated and full of interesting information from a more personal viewpoint than the public normally enjoys. Clicking the title of this post will take you to our website where we have a piece of Norman Wilson Unique Ware for sale.