We picked up some of this fabulous vintage crockery this week. It’s one of our favourite designs with the sylised leaves & sliced apples.
It’s only a part set, but that doesn’t really matter. We can either sell it as individual items or put it into our store cupboard to wait for the other pieces to complete the set. We’ve got lots of odd pieces waiting to make into sets!!!
It’s the J & G Meakin Applewood pattern produced in the 1960s – isn’t it gorgeous?!
We’ve just acquired a quantity of Figgjo Flint pottery. Someone got in touch when they saw us in the Homes & Antiques vintage Norwegian design feature. It had been lurking in a loft for many years.
It’s from the Tor Viking range designed by Turid “Turi” Gramstad Oliver. You can find out much more about Turi and some of her other designs in this Squidoo lens. There’s even an 11-minute video interview with Turi over on Vimeo – you’ll need to be able to understand Norwegian though!
We plan on splitting up the set into cups & saucers, trios, sets of plates etc. when we list them in our shop. Get in touch soon if you’re interested in buying the lot!
P.S. Here’s all the other Figgjo Flint items we currently have in the H is for Home shop.
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!
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!
We posted a blog recently featuring the ‘love mug’ series produced by Hornsea Pottery in the 1970s.
The company is famous for their mugs – so we photographed a few more examples whilst we were sorting through our ‘Hornsea box’.
They feature a vast array of designs and commemorate all manner of events.
The love mugs were the work of Kenneth Townsend, but the main name associated with Hornsea Pottery is John Clappison. He’s certainly the name that collectors look out for.
Some examples are quite rare and attract strong prices.
They’re now often kept safe as display pieces and you can understand why. The company has long since closed down, so the number of surviving pieces can only decrease.
You have to be quite brave to use them for your everyday brew…
…but if you do, they’re sure to give you a bit of pleasure with every sip.
Justin has his Aries star sign mug. He doesn’t take any notice of his horoscope, but he loves this fabulous design… and being reminded of all of his positive traits at the start of each day!!
Any of you vintage fans born in 1979? This could be the perfect thing for you.
It’s one of a series of ceramic date plates produced annually by Arabia of Finland.
Designed by Raija Uosikkinen, they take their inspiration from the Kalevala – the epic national saga of Finland.
Here’s an extract from the English translation of Rune 33 from which this plate draws its reference:
From a tree the raven answered:
“O thou little silver buckle,
Only son of old Kalervo,
Why art thou in evil humor,
Wherefore sad in thy demeanor?
Take a young shoot from the thicket,
Take a birch-rod from the valley,
Drive thy herd across the lowlands,
Through the quicksands of the marshes;
To the wolves let one half wander,
To the bear-dens, lead the other;
Sing the forest wolves together,
Sing the bears down from the mountains,
Call the wolves thy little children,
And the bears thy standard-bearers;
Drive them like a cow-herd homeward,
Drive them home like spotted cattle,
Drive them to thy master’s milk-yards;
Thus thou wilt repay the hostess
For her malice and derision.”
You don’t have to be born in 1979… they were made from the mid 1970s to the late 1990s. That gives a good span of potentially significant years – birthdays, anniversaries etc.
And don’t mind if there isn’t a special date to be marked… the artwork is so fabulous, they’re covetable for the patterns alone.
Having said that, there’s sure to be a few completists out there who are just going to have to have the full set – and we wouldn’t blame you!!