A possible impending house move has forced me into evaluating all the contents of my attic and some items will have to go, in my effort to downsize. I'm making progress but more items need to go!
For sale here is a Fabulous Rare KDW Kilkenny Design Workshop/Wade Porcelain Large Chunky Pot/Plant Pot Holder in a Striking Blue Speckled Glaze.
This is a very rare piece and was a design collaboration between Kilkenny Design Workshops & Irish Wade Porcelain. Not only can I not find another example online, I cannot find any other examples of collaboration between KDW and Irish Wade. So this example is highly collectable and rare as hen's teeth!
I'm not sure what the original purpose was to e honest, and it has been used as a plant holder in our house. It could have been an open pot, a storage crock (with missing lid) or a plant pot holder. No matter what it's original purpose, it's a hefty chunky piece of unusual and rare pottery in a striking glaze and would be a wonderful addition to anyone's KDW collection
The pot is in excellent vintage condition with no chips, cracks or crazing. The interior of the pot could do with a clean! The bottom features the iconic impressed Louis le Brocquy designed backstamp, along with saying "Wade Porcelain, Made in Ireland".
The pot stands just under 7 inches/ 17.5 cm tall and similar at the base. The opening at the top is roughly 5 inches/13 cm in diameter.
This ad is for one pot, but I do have a second one available, exactly the same.
Check out my other items and more coming soon! Discounts possible for multiple purchases!
Now the history stuff! :
The Kilkenny Design Workshops (KDW) were a government-funded research and development centre of excellence for design advocacy, research and promotion) which were established in Ireland in 1963. It was created to inspire, support and demonstrate to industry how design could be the key factor in change and lead to economic success. This was a new departure, up to this point no model had existed anywhere in the world for this type of practice. Teamwork is common today in design practices but this method was new for its time. KDW operated from the converted Ormond Stables in Kilkenny City from its official opening in 1965 until its closure in 1988.
William H. Walsh was the founder of KDW and he had a vision for improving standards of design in industry to encourage commerce, trade and export. Walsh also realised the importance of design for the Irish market and that a strategy would be required to encourage appreciation and promotion of good design. The early workshops in Kilkenny were Ceramics, Candle making, Precious Metals and Metalwork Woodturning and Textiles.
Initially any ceramic and textiles they produced were for display only, but demand was such that they became widely available to the public in the large retail space on Nassau Street in Dublin – and a logo was required. It was designed by Louis le Brocquy, then a well-regarded mid-career artist.
Its simple, graphic style was consistent with the modern outlook of the workshops and stamped on a bowl or pot it was a sign of quality product and good design.
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