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We’ve just spied this beautiful vintage Stavangerflint plate on the web. It was hand painted by Inger Waage in the 1950s/60s. These female faces always make me think of Cleopatra or Spanish señoritas – it must be their huge almond-shaped eyes and big hooped earrings! She’s currently up for […] Related posts:
We picked up this striking pottery bird last week. It’s actually a money box and it was made by a company whose wares are very familiar to us – namely Shelf Pottery – who operated in Shelf, near Halifax and only a few miles away from where we live in Todmorden. We often come across […] Related posts:
We’re saying a fond farewell to our gorgeous Stig Lindberg bowl in a few days. We bought it last year at auction and despite it being very tempting to keep hold of these items indefinitely, we have to make a living. So it’s up for sale!
It’s a stunning piece with blue band and black zig-zag design - hand decorated by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg of Sweden in the 1950s. Fully marked to the base with the artist’s distinctive markings.
We put most items on our own website, but we’ve decided to list this one on eBay. There are avid collectors of Scandinavian pottery from this era - and Stig Lindberg-designed examples in particular. It will reach a wide audience for collectors worldwide who are searching for him by name. If you’re a fellow fan, there’s still 4 days left of the auction.
We’ve enjoyed living with it for a while, but it’s just got a bid… so it looks like goodbye!
Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
In our case, it was the egg - the one that came with the Terrybaun egg cup & saucer we blogged about last week!
This chicken is also a piece of slipware that we recently found - the cute little figure is only 9cm tall. We thought it might be a pie funnel when we first saw it. It’s hollow but there’s no hole to let the steam out. Perhaps just a little ornament then… unless you’ve got other ideas? Its colour is reminiscent of that classic Wedgewood Jasperware blue. Very sweet - we wouldn’t mind a flock of these!
We picked up this gorgeous little egg cup & saucer this week. It only cost a pound, but it’s one of those little items that we’re going to treasure. We’ve mentioned previously how much we love this type country slipware pottery.
We did a bit of research into the maker and it turns out that it’s by Terrybaun Pottery - one of the oldest, if not the oldest, craft potteries in Ireland. It was established by Madeleine & Grattan Freyer in the late 1940s. Our egg cup looks like it might be one of their quite early slipware pieces.
Below are just a few examples of the slipware & scaffito pieces they produced in the 1950s/60s - the pictures are taken from the Irish Arts Review’s online archive - stunning!!
The couple’s nephew, master potter Henri Hedou, alongside his wife Fiona, carries on the tradition - taking over the running of the Co Mayo pottery in 1983.
We bought these items this week - most of them from one local contact actually. It’s quite a mid century modern collection!
Two lovely bits of German pottery for starters - they’re both by Dumler & Breiden. We love the colour contrast and striking repeat pattern of the bowl. The vase has a very distinctive form similar to another piece we’ve got. The combination of thick, textured glaze to the sides and smooth vibrant orange glaze highlighting the holes & vase rim is very effective. We’re trying to be quite strict with ourselves these days, but that’s probably a keeper!
And yet more flashes of orange with the desk lamp & cased glass vase. The lamp, dating from the 60s/70s, is adjustable and has a label for ‘1001 Lamps Ltd’ of London. The vase is unmarked, but dates from the same period.
There’s another nice table lamp in view, this one being teak with a fibreglass shade. The base looks very Danish.
And, staying with the Scandinavian theme, we have some interesting stainless steel pieces. The snack tray is Danish and quite an unusual shape; the pair of matching vases were made in Sweden. There’s some lovely Tupperware spice pots too - both colourful & practical.
…and then there’s the classic 1950s atomic zig-zag coat rack. We’ve had lots of these and grab them whenever we see them - they’re always really popular with our customers.
And last but not least, the teak drinks trolley that the items are sitting on.
This is a lovely piece of furniture dating from the 1960s. It has the ‘Remploy’ label to the base.
It’s got a great look, it’s useful and is in excellent condition. Did we say we were trying to be strict with ourselves?!
Following on from all the wonderful stuff in our recent Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair blog post, here’s some more hand crafted loveliness!
Justin’s brother, Damian is a very skilled potter and he dropped off some of his new designs on a recent visit.
Amongst them were these sweet espresso coffee mugs.
We love the tall narrow shape which still fits under most coffee machines and retains the heat of a small espresso very well.
He’s experimented with a few different glazes - various colours & textures - and they feel really good in the hand.
Small certainly is beautiful!
If you’ve got any favourites or feedback please leave a comment here. We’ll be sure to pass them on - Damian’s always interested to hear what people think - especially about new ideas!
These are the big eyes of our latest owl - in this case a pottery money box.
They never stay with us long as these feathered friends are consistently popular in our shop.
Whether in the form of money boxes, mugs, pot stands, textile prints, pictures or book illustrations.
We’ve blogged a fair few times about the great illustrator, Kenneth Townsend. He designed the cutest owl as part of his Menagerie series - apparently the owl was his favourite animal!
Another wonderful illustrator with a thing for owls was Celestino Piatti who once said, “You can draw an owl a thousand times, and never find out its secret”.
image credit: Fishink
We’ve had a quick trawl on the web for some more owls - here are some favourites:
image credit: Vintage Kids’ Books my Kid Loves
Wise Ol’ Canister, Orange: £118 - Anthropologie
image credit: mmmcrafts
image credit: Shailesh Chavda
This fabulous vintage biscuit jar featured in our recent ‘Forthcoming Attractions: mid-June’ post.
What an amazing, psychedelic landscape!
The range is called Country Lane and it was designed by Robin Cody for Crown Devon Pottery.
There’s something very homely and comforting about a nice biscuit container - especially a full one!! The smell when you open it up and the treats held within!
We’re currently using tins designed by Sanna Annuka for Marks & Spencer to store ours.
We’ve sold some lovely examples over the past couple of years - they’re always steady sellers…
…and here’s a link to all the biscuit barrels, tins, pots & jars currently in the H is for Home shop