Events: Special Sale 2006

Rare & Discontinued Hazle Ceramics - Part 1

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The Cottage Shop

1 Artist’s Proof - THE COTTAGE SHOP LP100

On KENDAL - building retired 2001
Painted by Chris McAllister in 1999

Commissioned by David Winter Collectors’ Club in the US. Designed by Chris McAllister, the freehand images illustrate typical David Winter cottages, similar to Lilliput Lane with a more mystic look. The left window says Pubs & Taverns of Britain and the right Mystical Castles of England. Chris retired as Hazle’s Head Paintress in 2003 after over 10 years in the post. She is missed both in the workshop and by collectors who loved her inimitable style.

The curtains are yellow here but I think the LP had blue ones. Prototypes, Artist’s Proofs and Samples don’t usually have certificates, which are for numbered pieces.

Goodwyn School

2 End of the Line - GOODWYN SCHOOL LP50

Number 50/50
LP First Issued 1999
Painted by Sue Bowen in 1999

Commissioned as a fundraiser for Children with Leukaemia. Most pieces went to the school in North London and it rarely comes up for sale.

The windows are full of children singing, playing music and doing arts and crafts. On the ground floor, with other school symbols, a staff member is at a computer.

Rose Marie Couture


Retired as a standard building 2004
Rose Marie painted 1999-2004
Painters: Chris McAllister & Linda Murphy in 1999

Most Dress Shop windows had decals (transfers). Very few were hand painted and Hazle says this is the last. Former fashion illustrator Chris McAllister would have painted the main windows in freehand from her original artwork for the decals. But she often forgot to leave her Painter's Mark. Linda Murphy's Mark is on the rear, but she would have painted the "background" only.

Havering Lighting


Building retired 2005
RARE Altered Mould
Last Number 42/200 - LP discontinued here
Painted by Lisa Coulson in 2001

Commissioned by Havering Lighting from Havering in Essex, a Hazle stockist. A rare mould with two Victorian wall lamps and a raised-edge plaque saying: Main Stockists of Swarovski Moorcroft Waterford Hazle Ceramics.

The highly detailed shop windows, originally designed by Chris McAllister, have brightly coloured lighting, beautiful Moorcroft vases and a tableau of Hazles. Havering Shaver Centre is in the far left window. Two candelabras and a crystal chandelier are shown on the first floor.

Harvard House

5 Rare version - HARVARD HOUSE “Test 33”

Building retired 1997

Harvard House is next to The Garrick Inn, also a Hazle model, on the High Street in Stratford upon Avon. Thomas Rogers, a wealthy tradesman believed to have known Shakespeare there, rebuilt this house in 1596 after a fire in the town.

His daughter Katherine married Robert Harvard and their son John (1608-1638) was raised in Southwark. As the centre of theatrical life in London at the time, it is likely that Robert knew Shakespeare here. John's father and seven of his siblings died from the plague in 1625, when he was 18. An ordained Anglican priest from puritan Cambridge University, in 1637 like many of his contemporaries John left to seek greater religious tolerance in the New World with his wife and a substantial legacy from his mother. Sadly he died of TB the following year. John had bequeathed his 400 volume library and half his estate for a new college in nearby Cambridge, Massachusetts which is now Harvard University.

In 1905 the Victorian novelist Marie Corelli secured Harvard House's future through the support of a US millionaire cum ex-Harvard student. Since 1991, in addition to five Shakespeare Houses, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has been responsible for its management. Boasting the most ornate timber frontage in the town, it is now home to the first museum of British Pewter from Roman times to the present. See interior images here.

There was some experimentation with the firing temperature and glazes of a few Harvard House ceramics which look a little different to the standard ones. This one is identified as Test 33. The Painter’s Mark of an alpha sign has yet to be identified by Hazle or anyone else...


6 End of Line - FUSSPOTS LP200

Last Number 59/200 - LP Discontinued
Painted by Chris McAllister in 1999

Commissioned by Fusspots, a Kitchen, Giftware & Hazle stockist in Warwick. The shop window full of of kitchenware was designed by Chris McAllister who painted this actual piece too.

Hazle's regards anything painted by Chris as very collectable and has pieces in her own collection.


7 End of Line - LILY’S

No 8/8 - last one
On MALDON with awning
(building retired 2004)
Out of Africa Series
Painted by Sharon Stroud in 2004

This is as bright and exotic as one would expect an African florist to be! Above the flower stall are two African ladies, barely visible here.

The Out of Africa series was created in memory of leading collectors Philip and Anne Hastings who died in a car crash in Philip’s native South Africa in July 2004. The ceramics were only available at the November 2004 Harvey Weston Signing. 10% of proceeds went to a Namibian charity sponsored by the local American School. Philip and Anne would have approved as they returned from their African trips with Namibian artefacts which they asked Harvey Weston to sell. Their charity OMBILI teaches former hunter-gatherers how to farm and make crafts now that conservation laws prohibit the old way of life. The traditional Ombili motto is "Whatever the day brings".

Some of the eight Lily’s were painted with plain awnings as here, some were striped and some had no awning. Apart from Lily’s, the only other Florists with awnings were the few painted as Moonflower - a Harvey Weston “Cobham shop”.

Escorted Safari


No 5/9 - last one
Painted by Iona Driver in 2004

Along with all the more traditional themes, Philip and Anne Hastings also loved Hazles that were a bit different. They would have adored this Out of Africa series designed in their memory. I am sure the collection will always be a special part of the Hazle Ceramics legacy. There is unlikely to be anything quite like it again so this really is a last chance for these few remaining pieces.

In the window it says, "Fully Escorted Tours and Safaris" an idea that would not have appealed to Philip visiting his homeland! When they died in Eastern Cape, Anne and Philip were only a few days into their three-month driving tour. Although it often meant missing a Hazle event, they travelled to southern African most years and the animals shown in this painting would have been familiar. Even on a one-month trip the Hastings would cover 6,000 kilometers, all on a DIY basis.

African Map

9 End of Line - AFRICAN MAP

No 8/8 - last one
Out of Africa series
Painted by Iona Driver in 2004

This shows another Safari Specialist and the queue outside suggests a great price offer!

Such was the affection for Philip and Anne Hastings in the workshop that when the idea came up, virtually all painters wanted to have a go and they ended up with 11 paintings! Hazle regards this series as one of the best things ever.

The paintings were all open, numbered pieces with the edition size determined by how many were ordered. With hindsight the range should have been made more widely available after the Harvey Weston Signing. With only 74 paintings in total from 11 designs, this is a very rare set.

The Seafarer

10 Prototype - for THE SEAFARER LP10

Building retired 2005
Painted by Doreen Bright in 2004

Although it says AP on the back, because it was a little different to the subsequent LP10 this painting really counts as a prototype. Hazle Ceramics sometimes use the two terms interchangeably. Instead of the blue here, the LP had an all-cream wall apart from grey on the turret. It was issued at the Harvey Weston autumn Signing in 2004.

This model was mainly painted as The White Hart plus a few other pub names. A Seafood Restaurant is an unusual special for the building but with Southend being a seaside town it is very appropriate. Doreen's love of detail is indicated by the many species of fish on the wall.

Zorba's Kebabs

11 One-Off Painting - ZORBA’S KEBABS

Painted by Iona Driver in 2003

This was originally developed for an group Cyber Signing but didn't get used as Hazle didn't want too many paintings on the go at once.

On the right of the main window is a counter with an assistant behind and two slabs of meat on skewers are to the left. The sign on the wall says 8 until Late Every Day.

Moore's China Shop

12 End of Line - MOORE'S CHINA SHOP

Last remaining piece 64/200
Painted by Tonya Attwood in 2000

Commissioned by Mrs Norma Moore of Moore's China Shop, a long-term Hazle stockist. The shop window, naturally full of china and Hazle Ceramics, was designed by Chris McAllister.

Grassington has a National Park Visitor Centre for the Yorkshire Dales. The town also once had a Moore's China on which this Limited Painting was loosely based. Sadly the shop closed as a result of the tourist downturn. But I believe Moore's China continues at the Pateley Bridge branch just a few miles west. This North Yorkshire town inspired two of Hazle's current models.

Victoria and Albert

13 Last One - VICTORIA AND ALBERT "Test 33"

On LONDON RED LION - building retired 2000
Painted by Samantha Rowley

This is the Victorian Pub based on The Red Lion at 2 Duke of York Street, London mentioned in my recent posting about the St James' Walk. A must-see visitor attraction, this Grade 2 listed building has brilliant-cut mirrors and mahogany interior.

Most Hazle Victorian Pubs were painted as The Red Lion and also to a lesser extent as The Rose & Crown. The name here, referring of course to Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert, is one of the rarer ones used.

On the back is the number 33 indicating another "Test 33" like Harvard House above, with a special formula for the firing temperature and glaze giving a slightly different appearance to the finish. If you look at the Harvard House again you may be able to spot a subtle similarity.

The Lion King

14 Last One - THE LION KING

On NORTHAMPTON - Flags Mould
Painted by Chris McAllister in 2002

This painting represents The Lion King musical. Nobody could capture the lion's head in freehand quite like retired Head Paintress Chris! Fewer than 50 were painted and there will be no more.

The Flags mould is an alternative to the standard Northampton Theatre model.

Jubilee Tours

15 Prototype - JUBILEE TOURS LM100

On SOUTHEND - building retired 2005
Mould Specially Altered for Jubilee Parade Set
Painted by Iona Driver in 2002

Jubilee Tours formed the right hand corner of the very popular five-piece set Jubilee Parade LP100, created for The Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002. Her Majesty was sent set 50/100 as a gift. This one has trips from London to Royal Windsor & Eton but some had the tours starting at Windsor. Some colours varied from piece to piece.

The Turret Pub mould was altered to create the luggage and billboard on the pavement, the flags on the wall and the lady in the first floor window, just for this painting. Some of the later sets in the series were split to enable people to buy only one or two pieces, so it might just be possible to build up a set from individual ceramics.

Prototype and Artist's Sample in gold on the back

Hair & Beauty Salon

16 Last One - HAIR & BEAUTY SALON LP100

On RUGBY - with two awnings
Building retired 2003
Limited Painting 79/100 (LP completed)
Painted by Chris McAllister in 2002

The luscious lips on the wall only appeared on some of the paintings in this series: the photo of this ceramic in Issue 20 of High Street News doesn't have them.

The Rugby building had no, one or two awnings.

J Sainsbury prototype

17 Prototype & 1st off Master - J SAINSBURY

Part of the Hazle 2000 series for the Millennium
Painted by Hazle Boyles in May 1998

This really is a gem of a collector's item... Not only a prototype but it is also first off the master mould! The very first bisque cast is said to have the highest definition. It says No 1 on the back above Hazle's Painter's Mark.

There were four prototypes in total which were numbered separately off the master and not counted as part of the main edition. The Limited Edition proper began again with number 1/2000. All 2000 of the latter had decals in the windows and only the prototypes were hand-painted. If you own one of the standard Sainsbury's you will see that the shop front looks different.

The painting is quite sketchy as Hazle was still at the experimental stage. But in common with prototypes of other collectables, this could be the one everyone wants in years to come!

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