Sorting Out the House

Massive apologies for the sporadic nature of my posting recently. We’re in the process of buying another house, and trying to sell ours. Consequently, with the usual work pressures and trying to get our current house ready for market there’s not been much time for anything else. After several weeks of sorting, charity shop trips,…

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…

Fohr Friday

Fohr seemed to produce good quality, simple yet stylishly designed and beautifully coloured pottery: We’ve only got a few, but it’s no surprise that we’ve ended up keeping most of them. What’s everyone up to this weekend? I’m off out for dinner tonight with my lovely workmates, and then – if I get my way! –…

Cool People

I wasn’t the coolest teenager; let’s face it, I’m not the coolest adult. But I used to look at these pictures of cool people from years gone by and, not wish to be them, but admire their style and coolness. What does it mean to be cool, anyway? If you say it enough times, it…

Visiting the Vintage Village

Despite the manky weather and sat-nav/address issues, we made it to Salford Museum and Art Gallery to visit the Vintage Village pop-up fair. On the way in, we spied the van of Ginger’s Comfort Emporium Ice-Cream and vowed that if the weather picked up, we’d indulge later. The fair appeared to be populated by pottery…

Megan’s Vintage Party

On Friday, my sister Megan hosted a vintage party at our parents’ house in Stafford. She’s held one before that I couldn’t get to, but this time I went on a trip down after school finished on Friday to have a look. Meg and my dad had been to Germany the week before on a…

Mass Market Art: Female Prints

One of the trends of the 1960s and ’70s appears to be that of the gypsy lady. Gold hoop earrings, dark hair and eyes, busty and a bit saucy of eye… these ladies are exotic and enticing. If ‘Carmen’ by Turino looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen ‘Ilonka’ by H. Walter: Similar to the…

Things With Eyes

You know how I feel about animals and kitsch paraphenalia… They haven’t all been named yet. The creepy plastic bird thing is called ‘Pecker Pecker’. I spent a good proportion of the German road trip with that in my hand pretending to peck Aidan with it. He’s extremely patient… The two biggest dudes with fluffy…

The Hour

Although I’ve only watched the first three series so far, I’m a massive ‘Mad Men‘ fan. So I was fairly excited when the BBC announced plans for ‘The Hour’. As a rubbish TV watched, I’m having to catch up via the iPlayer; I’ve only got the last episode to go. I don’t love it: I’ll…

The Saturday Sale!

Last week was spent frantically sorting out and preparing for the Saturday Sale in Glossop of West German Pottery. Saturday morning dawned and everything was ready: Wowie Zowie owners Jenny and Goff were first in at the crack of dawn… well, not quite. But they were first in as the shop needed to be opened. A…