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Bernard Moore
Bernard Moore was an influential British designer and manufacturer of pottery in the late 19th and early 20th century. This is a brief history of his life and contributions.

In 1841, Samuel Moore and Sampson Hamilton established a china factory in Longton, Staffordshire. Known as St. Mary's Works, the factory produced porcelain wares under the name Hamilton & Moore until 1858, when Samuel became the sole proprietor and began trading under the name Samuel Moore.

Samuel's first son, Bernard Moore, was born on January 13, 1850. Bernard joined his father's business straight from school at the age of 15 and the company began trading as Samuel Moore & Son from this point (1865).

Bernard assumed ownership and management of the business in 1867 when Samuel died. He continued trading under the same name until 1873, a few years after his younger brother, Samuel Vincent, joined him in the business. From 1873 until 1905 the company traded as Moore Brothers. They produced a range of tableware and ornamental items.

In 1905, the business was closed and the St. Mary's works were sold to Thomas Clark Wild (better known by the trading name of Royal Albert). Bernard continued in the industry, from a workshop in Stoke-on-Trent, decorating pieces and providing his services as a consultant to other manufacturers. His son, Bernard 'Joseph', joined him in 1906.

The Staffordshire Ceramics Society was formed in 1900. It was renamed to the British Ceramics Society in 1945 and changed several more times before becoming part of today's Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Bernard Moore was active with the Society from its inception and was appointed President in 1902-03. His involvement with the Society provided him with contacts and knowledge that benefited his consulting business and enabled various collaborations.

Probably the most notable collaboration was with Charles Noke at Royal Doulton. Both had a keen interest in the glazes used by the Chinese, especially from the Ming dynasty, about 300 years earlier. Bernard Moore helped Noke and Doulton recreate several experimental glazes, including a rouge flambe, a popular deep red glaze. Moore was also successful in recreating the oriental aventurine, crystalline and Persian blue glazes, as well as several other effects.

In his later years, Bernard became concerned with health issues in the ceramic industry. In 1926 he worked on a government committee on lead and dust regulations and in 1932 he delivered a paper to the Staffordshire Ceramic Society, recommending changes to minimize the risk of lung disease in the factories.

Bernard died on April 3, 1935, leaving behind a legacy of impressive contributions to the British ceramics industry.

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