A very colourful Lorna Bailey cat cheekily holding a butterfly as if to say "look what I caught!" I love the cat's the expression. From a limited production run, this piece is in mint condition having only ever been displayed in a china cabinet
Very few modern designers have become so fashionable so quickly as Lorna Bailey. She came into the spotlight in the late 90s, initially producing modern art deco style ceramics. Her early pieces had a strong influence from Clarice Cliff, Susie Cooper and Charlotte Rhead, but she has developed many of her own styles, designs and shapes. Limited and Special Edition pieces and early work are already reaching a premium. The company diversified and produced a very popular range of cats, as well as other animal figurines, and seasonal figurines. All pieces are made in limited numbers and for very short periods which gives them long term appeal with collectors.
Condition: Mint. No cracks, chips or repairs.
Dimensions: 13cm x 11cm.
Provenance: Ex. collection, Hampshire, UK.
Lorna Bailey (born 1978) was brought up in the Wolstanton area of Newcastle-under-lyme, England, close to the Potteries area of Stoke-on-Trent. After school, she attended Stoke-on-Trent College where she obtained a B.Tec National Diploma (Ceramics) and then joined her father's new business, LJB Ceramics, at the Old Ellgreave Pottery in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, which produced Toby Jugs and other decorated pottery, where she initially worked as a painter. At the same time, Bailey began designing a series of cottage and trees and abstract patterns based on the pottery of Clarice Cliff. These were produced by the Old Ellgreave Pottery in underglaze colours. In December 1995, when Bailey was 17, her House and Path and Sunburst patterns were put into full production. These were painted by Bailey and a small team of painters onto a range of shapes, including vases, jugs, teapots, sugar shakers, cruets, candlesticks, and wall pockets. They were then sold primarily to trade buyers. In addition to being marked with a factory stamp, Bailey signed almost all of her pieces.
In 1998, Collect it! magazine, featured her Astro Rocket Sugar Sifter on the cover which the magazine had commissioned. This was produced in a limited edition of 250 available for purchase only through the magazine. The Lorna Bailey Collectors Club was formed in September 1998. Bailey was named as Midlands Business Woman of the Year for 1998.
In February 2003, LJB Ceramics changed its name to Lorna Bailey Artware. The following month, the factory moved into new premises at Top Bridge Works, Burslem. In October 2004, it moved again to its site at The Old Post Office, Burslem
In December 2005, Bailey issued the first of a series based on Pop and Rock Legends of the Twentieth Century with a ceramic figure of John Lennon dressed in the outfit pictured in the album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Figures of the other Beatles later followed, together with other wares depicting members of the group. These were produced in collaboration with The Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool.
In January 2008, Bailey announced her decision to retire from the pottery industry to concentrate on her family life and in May 2008 Lorna Bailey Artware went into voluntary liquidation.
In July 2005, Bailey was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Staffordshire University for her services to pottery design. In 2007, Bailey was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).
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