People and Processes - Robert Feather B.A. Hons. (As printed in this edition of The Magazine of the Official International Wade Collector's Club.) Bob's design and modeling career began when he left Leicester Polytechnic in 1979 with a BA Hons. in Industrial Design in Ceramics and Glass. At first he became a technician for the Polytechnic in the ceramics department. He soon left to become a tableware ceramics modeller at Royal Doulton where he remained for six years. Whilst there he modeled many items in various ranges such as Kenilworth, Maselle, For All Seasons and others. It was here that Bob began to specialize in bone china tableware with elaborate ornamentation. In November 85, Bob left Royal Doulton to join Wade Potteries in order to utilize his own abilities more fully. At Wade he has designed, developed and modeled well over one thousand pieces in the nine years he has been here. Typically a client will arrive with a rough idea which is either given to Bob or another designer who will paint a visual. Bob sometimes models a finished scale prototype making modifications until the customer is satisfied with the appearance. There is much in common with the way a bespoke tailor works although he rarely meets a client. After the finished design is approved, Bob will then develop and model the item to fit in with Wade's production methods. In his years at Wade, Bob has modeled many items, various novelty figures of animals and snowmen, the Tutti Fruitti, Ringtons and Wade Ireland tableware ranges and vast numbers of teapots like the English Life collection. Customers have included department stores such as Harrods, Boots, BHS along with distilleries like Chivas, Langs and Ballantines. Bob, is married to Jan who is head of Geography at a local school, Longton High, Bob's interests include Rugby as a player and spectator.
New for Christmas Wade Snowman
The Snowman measures 5" high and 3" diameter and is produced in the typical Wade underglaze decoration. Price is £12.50, p&p UK £2.50, overseas £7.50 for each snowman. Two further seasonal designs will be produced.
Factory Cat Winning Entry - The name chosen for the Factory Cat was Burslem.
Questions & Answers
Q: Where can we obtain Whimsical Wades by Pat Murray first published in 1982?
A: We believe that this book is no longer available, although you may be lucky to find a copy in you local reference library. However we understand that Pat has found a publisher and may be producing an updated version in the future. Details will be included in The Magazine when available.
Q: We are constantly receiving letters asking for price guides and general price information.
A: We understand that Ian Warner and Mike Posgay are currently working on an updated price guide in both £'s sterling and $ US We will be letting you have full information on the prices and availability in the near future.
Q: We have had a number of letters asking why we are not producing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as part of our current range, particularly to coincide with the re-release of the Walt Disney film.
A: The license to produce these figures expired at the end of 1986 and was not renewed by Wade. Subsequently another manufacturer obtained the license which precludes Wade from producing an updated version. Hence the high value of the existing Wade sets.
Q: How can we obtain one of the special brown Spaniel Dog produced for the first United Kingdom Wade Collector's Fair?