Subtly coloured Ruskin Pottery crystalline-glaze vase by William Howson Taylor c1930. Compressed ovoid body with long cylindrical neck and everted rim. Streaked orange band to neck over a pale-yellow mottled ground, merging to celadon with crystalline flecks to the body. Unusually glossy for a Ruskin Pottery crystalline glaze. 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 incised signature W Howson Taylor. The vase is 19 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 – achieving "grand prize" in 1904 at the St Louis International Exhibition, giving them the recognition they needed. Further awards were gained at other international exhibitions, including Milan 1906; Christchurch, New Zealand, 1907; London 1908; Brussels 1910; Turin 1911; and Ghent 1913. When the studio closed in 1935 the formulae for the glazes and all the pottery documentation were deliberately destroyed, so that the unique Ruskin products could never be replicated.
Ruskin Pottery Crystalline Glaze Vase Signed William Howson Taylor c1930
The vase is in excellent original condition with no chips, cracks or restoration. Minor crazing to glaze throughout. Please see images as these form an important part of the description.