Monday, November 10, 2014

W is for Weller

In 1872 Samuel Weller of Zanesville, Ohio began Weller Pottery.  He purchased Lowhoudan Pottery in 1895 and renamed it Louwelsa, which became Weller Pottery's most popular line and ultimately included over 500 different shapes of vases and bowls.  Charles Upjohn joined as Arts Director and introduced Dickens Ware before leaving the company in 1904.  Weller hired Jacques Sicard in 1902, who developed the Sicard line which continues to be one of Weller's most sought after patterns to date. Although  Weller Sicard production ended in 1907, by 1906 there were countless hand decorated lines at Weller including Art Nouveau,  Aurelian,  Eocean, Etna, and Modeled Matte to name a few.  By the 1920's many hand decorated lines were discontinued and production shifted to commercial art pottery which included Blue Drapery
Hudson,  Knifewood,  LaSa,  Louella, Glendale,  and Warwick.  High quality Weller pottery was produced well into the 1930's with lines such as BonitoChaseGeode, Raceme, Sabrinian and Stellar.  By 1939 Weller abandoned hand decoration and produced only molded pottery.  
The Weller Pottery company ceased production altogether in early 1948. 

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Ode to November

Dull November brings the blast
then the leaves
are whirling fast.
-Sara Coleridge, 1802-1852, English author


Monday, October 27, 2014

V is for Very Vintage

Transferware is a a printing process begun in 1756 by John Sadler and Guy Green of Liverpool, England.  It was adopted by Josiah Wedgwood for the very popular cream ware.  Transferware is a process whereby a pattern is etched onto a copper plate, inked, transferred on to a tissue, which is then laid onto a bisque fired ceramic piece.  Transferware has a crisp decal-like look to it.  It was created as an economical alternative to hand painted dish ware.  Prior to its development, only the very affluent English could afford sets of exquisitely hand painted china and ceramics.
Transferware was initially produced in single colors only:
blue (many shades, including flow blue), red (called pink), black (called jet), brown (called sienna), purple (called Mulberry), and green.  Yellow was a very rare color and not often found.  The pieces can be easy enough to date with the English Registry marks dating from 1842-1883.  

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Columbus Day

Columbus Day:
a legal holiday commemorating the
first voyage and sighting of the 
New World
by Christopher Columbus in

Interesting that the New World is now 522 years old.... Explorers traveled through unfamiliar areas with the intention of discovering and learning something new.  Might just be time again for some of that... 


Monday, September 29, 2014

Ode to Autumn

There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots
may be lighted on,
and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings,
as now in October.
-Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1804-1864, American Writer


Monday, September 22, 2014


Try not to become a man 
of success,
but rather
try to become a man 
of value.
-Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, Theoretical Physicist


Monday, September 15, 2014

Unsurpassed beauty

Unsurpassed beauty...
and the value of antiques.

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