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26 March 14

In Orbit

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vintage orange Burleigh Orbit cup & saucer | H is for Home

Wow!! How about this for an eye-popping bit of orange Op Art loveliness?

vintage orange Burleigh Orbit cup maker's mark | H is for Home

This cup & saucer is from the Orbit range produced by Burleigh in the 1960s. It’s superb and quite uncharacteristic of their usual output which is normally very traditional. Someone must have had a rush of blood to the head (or taken LSD) that week. It’s quite a rare pattern and doesn’t appear for sale often.

vintage orange Burleigh Orbit cup & saucer with sugar lumps | H is for Home

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22 March 14

Charity Vintage: Carstens West German vase

Charity Vintage: Carstens West German vase

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vintage Carstens West German vase for sale on eBay for Charity by & in support of British Heart Foundation(ends 26 Mar, 2014 20:02:21 GMT)

It’s been AGES since we first featured West German ‘Fat Lava’ pottery on our blog. Good examples are getting harder & harder to stumble upon, they’ve become extremely popular and lots of people now collect them.

This lovely vintage Carstens vase is currently up for sale by & on behalf of British Heart Foundation*. It’s very pared back and muted compared to the…

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3 February 14

Etsy List: Fat lava

Fat Lava
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We collect West German pottery; often referred to as ‘fat lava’…

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25 January 14

Charity Vintage: Stavangerflint Flamingo dish


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We love vintage Scandinavian pottery chez H is for Home. We buy, sell &…

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30 November 13

Charity Vintage: Hornsea mug collection


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At the moment we have 1,300 images uploaded to our Flickr photo…

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14 September 13

Charity Vintage: T G Green Streamline


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This collection of vintage 1930s T G Green Streamline kitchen…

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31 August 13

Charity Vintage: Jie Gantofta biscuit jar


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We’ve long admired Anita Nylund’s designs for Jie Gantofta.…

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26 April 13

Charity Vintage: Stavangerflint plate

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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:

* Charity Vintage: vintage 50s kitchen cupboard with warming drawer
* Charity Vintage: Dansk silver plate turtle / tortoise paperweight
* Charity Vintage: Orange Cathrineholm bowl

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28 March 13

Shelf Pottery bird

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:

* Gimme Five! Bird feeders
* Tuesday Huesday: mixing bowls
* Egg-squisite!

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22 February 12

Bowled over by Stig!

large vintage bowl designed & decorated by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg of Sweden

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!

detail from large vintage bowl designed & decorated by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg of Sweden

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.

detail from large vintage bowl designed & decorated by Stig Lindberg for Gustavsberg of Sweden

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!

22 January 12

Chicken Little

small blue slipware pottery figure of a chicken

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

side detail from a small blue slipware pottery figure of a chicken

In our case, it was the egg - the one that came with the Terrybaun egg cup & saucer we blogged about last week!

rear detail from a small blue slipware pottery figure of a chicken

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!

20 January 12

Egg-squisite!

vintage slipware egg cup & saucer produced by TerryBaun with vintage Viners

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.

vintage slipware egg cup produced by TerryBaun

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.

base of vintage slipware egg cup produced by TerryBaun showing impressed back stamp

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!!

trio of vintage slipware bowls from the Terrybaun Pottery

long oval Terrybaun Pottery dish with scraffito decoration by Oisin Kelly depicting the Last Supper

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.

6 January 12

Forthcoming Attractions: Early January 2012

collection of midcentury modern and vintage items including West German pottery, orange cased glass vase, orange desk lamp, teak lamp base with fibreglass shade and teak drinks trolley

We bought these items this week - most of them from one local contact actually. It’s quite a mid century modern collection!

collection of midcentury modern and vintage items including West German pottery vase, Dumler and Breiden bowl, orange cased glass vase, orange desk lamp, teak lamp base with fibreglass shade, Scandinavian teak mirror, atomic coat rack, stacking Tupperware containers, stainless steel vases and snack tray and teak drinks trolley

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!

vintage Fat Lava West German vase with double holes produced by Dumler & Breiden

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.

vintage teak lamp base with fibreglass shade

There’s another nice table lamp in view, this one being teak with a fibreglass shade. The base looks very Danish.

collection of midcentury modern and vintage items including Scandinavian teak mirror, atomic coat rack, stacking Tupperware containers, stainless steel vases and snack tray and teak drinks trolley

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.

vintage 1950s teak drinks trolley

And last but not least, the teak drinks trolley that the items are sitting on.

vintage 1950s teak drinks trolley

This is a lovely piece of furniture dating from the 1960s. It has the ‘Remploy’ label to the base.

detail of the bottom of a vintage 1950s teak drinks trolley

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?!

24 October 11

Mini Mugs

collection of pottery espresso mugs hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefe

Following on from all the wonderful stuff in our recent Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair blog post, here’s some more hand crafted loveliness!

pottery espresso mug hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefepottery espresso mug hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefe

Justin’s brother, Damian is a very skilled potter and he dropped off some of his new designs on a recent visit.

pottery espresso mug hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefepottery espresso mug hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefe

Amongst them were these sweet espresso coffee mugs.

pottery espresso mug hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefepottery espresso mug hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefe

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.

pottery espresso mug hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefepottery espresso mug hand thrown, glazed and decorated by Damian Keefe

 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!

18 April 08

C is for…

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What makes that perfect coffee break?

photo of espresso maker, pottery cup and chocolate bar

Well designed machines to make it in…

orange Rowenta coffee machineorange Rowenta coffee machine

Striking pots to serve it in…

group of vintage coffee pots

Vintage Denby Arabesque coffee potVintage Pontessa coffee potVintage Meakin Aztec coffee pot

Beautiful cups to drink it from…

group of hand thrown pottery mugs

Vintage Thomas porcelain trioVintage Staffordshire trio

Vintage Hornsea Bronte trioVintage Stavangarflint June trio

Vintage Elizabethan Portobello cup and saucerVintage Studio Meakin cup and saucer

And not forgetting… cosies to keep it warm!

collection of hand knitted cosy coasters

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Coffee time @ H is for Home

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh