Category Archives: Porcelain

Who Invented the Term “Satsuma Moriage,” Anyway?

These lamps caused me way more agita than they’re worth. When I opened my Etsy shop, I had to research many of the items from the Janvier Road bungalow to see what they were, and whether they were Etsy material, … Continue reading

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OK, so I thought it was a coaster. It looked like one.

Back in the late 70s I was standing in Harrods, looking at these cute little porcelain dishes. “Oh,” I thought, “they must be coasters” made to match whichever china pattern one used. I liked them and I needed coasters, so … Continue reading

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Want “Made in America” Quality? Buy Vintage!

Americans constantly bemoan the fact that we can’t find quality American-made products anymore. “Everything’s made in China!” we complain. “It just isn’t the same as it used to be.” Thank goodness for vintage items and antiques! Those of us who … Continue reading

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About that vintage Fiesta butter dish…(Updated to include suspected fake photo)

No other line of dinnerware has been as everlastingly popular as Fiesta, except perhaps Blue Willow. Fiesta was originally sold as “The dinnerware that turns your table into a celebration,” and has done so for many generations. In fact, the … Continue reading

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The Accidental Beauty of Flow Blue

Josiah Wedgwood II is credited for inventing this beautiful and popular form of Transferware. But other experts think it happened by accident when the cobalt oxide escaped its boundaries during firing or glazing. These pieces were sold as “seconds,” and … Continue reading

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Blue Willow and the Star-Crossed Lovers

Just about everyone has a piece of Blue Willow china, whose deep cobalt color may have evolved from early Imari designs (blue survived the kilns better than other colors). Many people also know the famous Chinese legend of the pattern: … Continue reading

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Transferware: Elegance for The Rest of Us

Way back in the day, Imari and other Japanese and Chinese hand painted porcelains were very expensive, and only the gentry could afford it. But everyone else wanted to share the same luxurious colors and designs – they were sick … Continue reading

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