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Eric Knowles to launch Moorcroft pottery in honour of Somerset Wildlife Trust's golden year

 10th Jun 2014

Moorcroft Somerset collectionThis Friday (13th June 2014) sees the launch of an exclusive collection of pieces produced by internationally renowned art pottery company W. Moorcroft Ltd to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Somerset Wildlife Trust.  

TV ceramics expert, Eric Knowles, will be unveiling the collection at a launch event at the Wells and Mendip Museum on Friday at 7pm. Tickets for the event, priced at £10 each, are available here, or by calling 01823 652400.

The trio of pieces, which includes two vases and a framed plaque, feature three of Somerset’s most precious butterfly species ­ the large blue, grizzled skipper and small pearl bordered fritillary. A donation will be made to Somerset Wildlife Trust for every purchase made at or following the launch event, helping the charity to protect and enhance the wildflower grasslands and vital butterfly habitat on which these species depend.

Elise Adams, Managing Director of W. Moorcroft Ltd, says:

“Moorcroft first began supporting England’s Wildlife Trusts in 2005. Almost a decade on, we are delighted to be involved with the Somerset Wildlife Trust who are championing the county’s rare butterflies and wildflower meadows.  Moorcroft designer Emma Bossons FRSA has created a wealth of butterfly designs during her 18 year career at Moorcroft, but is especially proud of the Somerset Collection trio. 

“It seems most apt that in the year that Moorcroft’s 100 year centenary celebrations draw to a close, and in which the Somerset Wildlife Trust celebrate their 50th anniversary, that these two British institutions have joined forces to raise valuable funds for the vital conservation work that is needed.”

Emma Gill, Marketing Manager at Somerset Wildlife Trust, adds:

“It is fantastic to have the opportunity to work with Moorcroft in this special year for Somerset Wildlife Trust. The trio of pieces are a stunning representation of three of the county’s most precious butterfly species, and I am sure will be greatly enjoyed by art pottery collectors and wildlife enthusiasts alike. With a donation being made to the Trust from every piece sold, the Somerset Collection represents great conservation, as well as artistic value.

“I look forward to joining Eric Knowles and Moorcroft on Friday evening to unveil these very special pieces.”

The launch event, which will provide the first opportunity to purchase pieces from the collection, will take place at the Wells and Mendip Museum, 8 Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset BA5 2UE. Tickets include the chance to meet Moorcroft expert, Eric Knowles, as well as a leading Moorcroft demonstration artist. Wine and canapés will be offered on arrival and as well as the chance to learn more about the history and present day activity of Moorcroft, there will also be the opportunity to hear about Somerset Wildlife Trust’s plans for the next 50 years of nature conservation.

For more details and to book your ticket, please click here or call 01823 652445.