Archive for the ‘ceramics’ Category

Meakin Applewood

Friday, September 28th, 2012

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J & G Meakin "Applewood" coffee pot and cup & saucer set

We picked up some of this fabulous vintage crockery this week. It’s one of our favourite designs with the sylised leaves & sliced apples.

J & G Meakin "Applewood" cup & saucer set

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!!!

J & G Meakin "Applewood" saucer

It’s the J & G Meakin Applewood pattern produced in the 1960s – isn’t it gorgeous?!

Tor Viking

Monday, September 17th, 2012

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collection of Tor Viking pottery designed by Turi Gramstad Oliver for Figgjo Flint

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.

collection of Tor Viking pottery designed by Turi Gramstad Oliver for Figgjo Flint

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!

detail of Tor Viking pottery mugs designed by Turi Gramstad Oliver for Figgjo Flint

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.

Bowled over by Stig!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

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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!

Mini Mugs

Monday, October 24th, 2011

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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!

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

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Amongst them were these sweet espresso coffee mugs.

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

Mug Shots

Friday, May 27th, 2011

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collection of vintage Hornsea Pottery mugs

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’.

vintage Hornsea Pottery mug with newsprint toucans vintage Hornsea Pottery Libra mug

They feature a vast array of designs and commemorate all manner of events.

vintage Hornsea Pottery mug with buildings vintage Hornsea Pottery World's Greatest Fisherman mug

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.

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Some examples are quite rare and attract strong prices.

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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…

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…but if you do, they’re sure to give you a bit of pleasure with every sip.

vintage Hornsea Aries mug

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!!