Monday, July 21, 2014

R is for Rookwood

Rookwood pottery began in 1880 in Cincinnati, OH by potter Maria Louise Nichols.  Nichols initially demonstrated an Oriental and European influence but quickly mastered Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts and Art Deco styles popular at the time.  The best Rookwood pieces are from the earlier period of the company's history (factory still productive) and are easily identified by the well marked bases.  They are of a very high quality, hand crafted and have retained their value through the decades.  Once you familiarize yourself with Rookwood, you will forever be able to identify its loveliness from afar.  

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Monday, July 14, 2014


Four things you can't recover:

the stone after its thrown,
the word after its said,
the occasion after it's missed
the time after its gone.
-author unknown


Monday, July 7, 2014


Things of Quality
have no fear
of Time.

see for yourself at simplycoolstuff

Monday, June 30, 2014

Ode to Summer

Summer's here
It suits me fine

It may rain today
But I don't mind
It's my favorite time of the year
and I'm glad that it's here.
Thank you James Taylor!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Q is for Quirky

you just have to use your


Monday, June 16, 2014

Monday, June 9, 2014

P is for Petalware

Petalware... such a lovely name for such a lovely design of dishware.

Produced by the Macbeth Evans glass company from Charleroi, Pennsylvania from 1930 through the 1940's when it was taken over by the Corning Glass Company of Corning NY, Petalware is elegant simplicity at its best. 

Petalware was introduced during the Depression as a substitute for fine china.  The initial colors consisted of clear and blush pink.  The Monax line - fired on colored plates of red, blue, green and yellow - was created in the mid 1930's, with Ivory Monax, or Ivrene -  as the last color to be created in 1939.  Ivrene later became known as Cremax.  Sets of Petalware were also sold with gold edging, bands of pastel pink, blue, and yellow as well as with hand painted red flowers of the Florette and Mountain Flower line.   

Petalware continued to be manufactured by Corning well into the 1950's and as a result pieces still can be found fairly easily.  Made in the USA, and very special.

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