Monday, December 24, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
Posted by Maria Wheeler, Simply Cool Stuff at 5:00 AM
Monday, December 10, 2012
Fulper Pottery was begun in Flemington NJ as Hill Pottery in 1814. It was potter Samuel Hill who created lines of storage crocks and jars from the red clay of the region. Upon his death in 1858 Abcan Fulper purchased the plant and expanded production to include earthenware stoneware and tile. During the 1880's, the company was known as Fulper Brothers becoming incorporated in 1899 as the Fulper Pottery Company. In 1900 William H. Fulper II created the art pottery line of beautifully glazed pots executed by master potter John Kinsman. The turn of the 20th C was a time of great interest in craftsmanship and artistic expression in response to mass production during the industrial era. Fulper capitalized on the trend of collecting by hiring Dr. Cullen Parmelee, a chemist who developed gorgeous Chinese-inspired glazes which were authentic recreations of Famille Rose, Chinese Blue, Seladon, Rouge Flambe, and Claire de Lune. Over 100 unique glazes made up the backbone of Fulper Pottery's renowned VaseKraft art pottery line which was introduced in 1909 by ceramicist Martin Stangl.
It was Stangl Pottery that acquired Fulper in 1929 and continued to produce art pottery until 1935. These pieces are unquestionably beautiful to behold and display. They make unique gifts which will grace a home for years to come in vintage - albeit modern - style. Happy Hunting!
Monday, December 3, 2012
My favorite things:
recalling the giggles of my children
rolling over in a cozy bed
the aroma of coffee in the morning... and drinking it from my bowl
hugging - a lot
snuggling up by the fire on a cold winters night
falling asleep after a busy day
telling and showing someone I love them
boisterous hearty laughter
savoring delicious food prepared by me
strolling a desolate beach... especially in winter
dancing with reckless abandon
singing out loud... while cleaning the house
long chats on the phone with those I love
creative people, beautiful homes, lovely landscapes
really really fabulous shoes
living always with integrity... and knowing my actions are consistent with my beliefs
making good choices the key to a happy and fulfilled life
A friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.
friends and family that mean the world to me... especially on this eve of my Birthday*
Born 4 December, 1956 with 56 years of living behind me;
grateful for my health and the trials that helped me grow.
The gift to myself is to take life into my own hands now,
creating those feelings of security... love... happiness
as I trust my God, my wisdom and my heart.
Happy Birth year to me!
*My gift to you: receive a 10% discount at simplycoolstuff through the month of December. Code: