A Lot On My Plate

I really wanted to title this post, ‘A Lot On My West German Pottery Plate’ but then I realised that two of the plates I’m featuring aren’t from the country, let alone the region… ne’er mind! This plate by Bjørn Wiinblad is part of the Rosenthal Studio Line. It’s tiny! I didn’t realise we had…

Pots by Parents

So, the pottery I bought from my parents… It was odd, really. As I was on the train on the way down to Stafford – apart from reading ‘How to Be a Woman’ by Caitlin Moran, which was killing me with restrained laughter – I was thinking about the pottery my dad said he’d bought…

Italian ‘Tourist Tat’ Pottery

As mentioned a few posts ago, not only do we have a fine selection of slightly more sophisticated and acceptable Italian pottery (the Bertoncello bits and bobs); we also have an increasingly growing ‘Tourist Tat’ selection. This one even has the name of the hotel written on it: “Motel Maxim”. Actually, it’s a motel, isn’t…

Italian Pottery: Bertoncello

Yet another collection that appears to have exploded in size is that of our Italian pottery. For a long time, we didn’t know what these pots were: But then Aidan brought home this from the previous trip: Our fledgling collection of tourist tat Italian pottery has suddenly taken a turn for the more sophisticated. Apart…

San Marino Pottery

I’ve had a few pieces of San Marino pottery in the past, a few vases and dishes. Aidan’s selling one of the vases from the last trip on Ebay at the moment. (Check out penguinaidan’s stuff here). I love the little pin dishes, but I’m still not so sure about the vases themselves. They are…

Italian Donkeys are Expanding!

1950s, tourist, Italian tat… yes, they may be that to many people. And they are to me really. Yet, I still love them. This one I bought from a charity shop in Holmfirth: Then later that day received this one from my brother-in-law and his girlfriend as a Christmas present: The back of this one…

A Very Vintage Fishy Story…

This is a tale of a plate, a very fishy plate. Virtually everyone who’s interested in retro, vintage, mid century modern, 60s, 70s, etc. etc. will recognise the following plates: I’ve got a set, you’ve got a set; everyone has got a set. Usually bought from some old dear at a car boot sale who…

A Tale of Two Donkeys…

It’s probably a little early in the year for a story about a little donkey, but I have to introduce the two new additions to the Italian donkey family.  The tale (tail) of my donkeys begins a few months ago. I found a very strange, retro looking ceramic donkey at a car boot sale in…