A Family Through Flowers 72/12
Limited Edition: 50
I never fully understood why it was that Emma Bossons suddenly became interested in my family – where they lived and worked. Certainly she knew everything about Maureen and myself. After all, she had been a guest in our home on more than one occasion, but this time her queries were more wide ranging. My trust in Emma is total, so I answered her questions. After a childhood for both my wife and myself in Worcestershire, we married and moved to rural Essex and worked in the City of London. Two of my daughters live in Cheshire and one of them works there. The other works at Moorcroft in Staffordshire. My third daughter lives and works in Essex while my son lives and works in Bristol. Some weeks after her questions had been answered, Emma came back to me with a full explanation. She had designed four pieces of Moorcroft. The first three were lamps, one on a L7/7 which featured the cowslip (flower of Worcestershire) and the rosebay willow herb (flower of the City of London). The second lamp had been designed on the L8/6 and included poppies (flower of Essex) and the cuckoo flower (flower of Cheshire). As a grand lamp finale, the L32/8 depicted the maltese cross (floral emblem of Bristol) and heather from the Staffordshire Moorlands.
A splendid limited edition 46/12 vase encompasses all of my family flowers, each of them woven together in a single design on a single vase. For Maureen and myself, this was an immensely moving gesture on Emma’s part. To track a family by reference to their flowers was a novel idea. It brings into The Circles of Life Collection three remarkably attractive lamps plus a vase which has caused all those who set eyes on it to pause and look. Emma has never been orthodox in her design work, but on this occasion she has surpassed herself. Small wonder that the Lord Mayor of London Elect commissioned Emma to design the cover for the Lord Mayor’s Show programme for 2011 in London, his banquet menu card and a Christmas card for Heads of State, Ambassadors and Captains of Industry worldwide.