Bernard Moss was born in 1923. He and his wife, Maureen Moss, arrived
in Cornwall in 1949. With some assistance from Anthony Richards (of Arch
Pottery fame), Bernard started potting in 1954 in their rooms in Church
Street, Mevagissey. Bernard designed and made his famous slip cast moving
figures and mobiles. Maureen, an artist in her own right, helped with
the decorating. In 1956 they moved to Jetty Street, Mevagissey.
In about 1958, Bernard went to Heal's in London to try to sell some of
his work. The buyer turned him down. As he was walking out of the building,
a smartly dressed man asked him why he looked so unhappy. Bernard explained
and the man, a director of Heal's, Mr Hall. told him to see Mr Worthington
again and say that they would take a dozen pieces. Thereafter for six
or seven years, Bernard received an order for 80 - 100 pieces which were
given to all the buyers at Christmas.
Each one had the buyer's name written on and the initials "HF"
on the base standing for "Heal's Fabrics".
In 1961, they moved to The Old School House in St Ewe. At this time Bernard
switched from making the slipware figures to traditional throwing of domestic
and decorative wares. In 1965, they moved to Pentewan. Marks at this time
were "ST EWE" and "PENTEWAN" with or without the word
From 1972 to 1977 they were at Castle Gate near Nancledra. The marks used
at this time were "MOSS CORNWALL" or "MOSS CASTLE-AN-DINAS".
Bernard and Maureen returned to Mevagissey in 1977, this time to Cliff
Street. Bernard continued business until 1983 when he was advised to retire
due to heart problems and they then moved to Church Street.
Even after recent open heart surgery, Bernard stills makes a few moving
figures in blue, black and white. He recently completed a large project
depicting Noah riding astride the whale with the caption "I love
whales". He has other large projects planned such as Moses in the
desert striking the rock with his staff.
Bernard and Maureen featured in a Pathé News story in September
1955 - britishpathe
archives hosted by ITN which you can download and watch (the
first minute or two cover another story which you can skip over).
continues to paint and exhibits at Newlyn and the Penwith Gallery in St
Ives. Her pictures are described as are "allegorical" rather