, peacock, art nouveau, ceramic, pottery, icons of australia, moorcroft, rachel bishop

Moorcroft Comes to Marburg with Icons of Australia

Free Event with lecture & Art Pottery to view and acquire.

Woodlands of Marburg was home in the 1880s and 1890s to TL Smith, the most influential landowner and employer in the Marburg district who was actively involved in the progress of Marburg township (established early 1870s) and community. In 1885 he assisted with the building of the Marburg School of Arts, for which he supplied electric power from his saw mill for the opening celebrations as well as being a member of the Marburg School of Arts Committee. This strong connection with the Arts has the Chaiman of Moorcroft more than excited as he looks forward to the event at Woodlands Marburg on Saturday 19th August (1pm – 4pm) where he will give a short lecture on this, the 7th leg of Moorcroft’s tour around Australia, and launch the handmade Arts & Crafts Moorcroft collection featuring the Icons of Australia to the people of Marburg and surrounding areas. Robert Neilson astutely predicted that The Lyrebird design represented one of the finest ever pieces of ceramic design to reach Australia’s shores, and pre-ordered over a quarter of the small limited edition. Whilst Moorcroft and her connections to Liberty of London and the Art Nouveau peacock design are widely known, the Lyrebird is undoubtedly Australia’s equivalent bird of that era. See full historical article:,%20peacock,%20art%20nouveau,%20ceramic,%20pottery,%20icons%20of%20australia,%20moorcroft,%20rachel%20bishop
Furthermore, one truth remains, the peacock has to be twisted and bent to capture the curvaceous demands of Art Nouveau design but the Lyrebird’s strange curvaceous tail and form embodies, in its very being, the very nature of Art Nouveau design in much the same way as the ‘surrealist’ platypus. The Chairman of Moorcroft, Hugh Edwards (author of a trilogy of books about the famous art pottery) has described the design from Rachel bishop, Senior designer at Moorcroft, as ‘Genius. She has now created something that goes beyond her acclaimed Destiny design. This is more than a flight of fancy, more than the leading player in the Icons of Australia 2017 Moorcroft Collection – this is and will be, an iconic Moorcroft design.’   The Lyrebird’s tail fans out and also curves over the entirety of the Lyrebird’s body like a thousand spider’s webs sparkling with an eerie blue tone outlined with liquid clay. Undoubtedly, this design is and will remain a Moorcroft icon. It may even be said to complete the Moorcroft contribution to Art Nouveau design in our modern world. With a touch of mischief, Rachel mirrors the Lyrebird on her vase, as it is, after all, the mimicking bird of the species, Menura. A ground-dwelling bird, the Lyrebird is known for its unique ability to reproduce sounds.
Availability of The Lyrebird is slim, call Robert to book your place at the prestigious ceramic event, and about his availability of pieces from the 2017 Icons of Australia Collection.
Event: Marburg, Australia  (this is a free Event but requires RSVP by 10th August)  Saturday 19th August
Roundabout Antiques, Woodlands of Marburg, 174 Seminary Road, Marburg, QLD, 4306

Phone: 0417 714 105   Email:
Contact: Robert Neilsen,%20peacock,%20art%20nouveau,%20ceramic,%20pottery,%20icons%20of%20australia,%20moorcroft,%20rachel%20bishop

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