Striking Ruskin Pottery matt crystalline-glaze vase dated 1932. Ovoid body terminating in an inverted rim. Heavily mottled blue-green ground, giving the vase a lovely textured surface, with orange band to middle. Ruskin art pottery was based on experimentation with decorative glaze finishes and firing so that every crystalline vase is effectively unique. Impressed mark for Ruskin and impressed date 1932. The vase is 15 cm in height.

 

Edward R. Taylor (the first Principal of both the Lincoln School of Art and the Birmingham School of Art) founded Ruskin Pottery in 1898 – placing his son, William Howson Taylor (formally a student at the Birmingham School of Art) as manager. They named the pottery after the artist, writer and social thinker John Ruskin; whose principles about beauty and quality they believed in. The pottery experimented with glazes, producing innovative designs across a range of items, from vases and bowls to jewellery and buttons. Ruskin Pottery was exhibited both in the UK and abroad at international fine art exhibitions