Guten Abend von Deutschland!

Apologies for misspellings, grammatical or semantic errors in the title! Aidan and I are currently in our home away from home a.k.a the Formule 1 hotel. Tonight we’re in Bremen, but so far we’ve stayed in Formule 1s in Bochum, Etaps near Hamburg and Lubeck and the Best Western in Bremen earlier in the week….

Sunshine and Lightness Here… Really

Not really, but I felt the need for some uplifting colours today. Not only has Britain gone a little bit crazy over the events of the past few days, the weather today is truly horrendous. Oddly though, it might be this rain that dampens down the rioting for today so fingers crossed that for once…

Cue Carstens

One of my favourite makers of West German Pottery is Carstens. This has evolved over the past few years as our collection has (not literally) exploded, allowing us to make groups of similar forms, glazes, colours and factories. Carstens is a company that I consistently find myself wanting to collect and keep. From gorgeous, delicate…

Glass Works

Our glass collection is still expanding. Despite not knowing much about the field, we keep picking up bits that we like and end up keeping them. Murano, Riihimaki, Holmegaard, Ingrid Glas… new names I’ve learned over the past few months. I think I can recognise these well enough now; there’s still plenty more to find out…

Retro Goodies from Corsica

As mentioned yesterday, we managed to find a few retro bits and bobs on our holiday. It wasn’t supposed to have anything to do with retro or vintage, but you know what we’re like… any sniff of a flea market and we’re there! These postcards were the first things we found, bought over a number…

Glorious Glazes

I’ve just been looking at our vast collection of pots and thinking about how varied the glazes can be. Now, these pots are not necessarily my favourites (though some of them definitely are!) – it was more a case of what was close to hand! Like I said, not all of these are favourites but they…

The Latest Delivery from Germany

I know I’m fairly easily pleased, but the latest batch that Aidan’s brought back from Germany contains some of his best finds yet. Here’s a quick ‘preview’ of some of it: Check out the plastic bin at the front! We’ve got a book on Plastic Collectables, so I’d asked Aidan to keep his eyes open…

Car Boot Bonanza

Yesterday I went to the car boot sale in Stafford. Without a doubt, Stafford is the Mecca for car boot sales. Every time I visit my family there and we go to the boot, I always come back laden down. Yesterday was no exception: Some of it will be Ebayed, most of it I appear…

Striking Steuler

Now the regulars of the WGP world who frequent my blog will probably think, “Finally!” when they read that heading. I asked aeons ago if anybody had any fantastic Steuler pieces that I could share via this site, as I wanted to do a post to show off the fantastic variety of pieces that Steuler created….

All Creatures Great and Small…

No, you haven’t accidentally gone to the wrong blog. Nor have I had a religious experience. But it did occur to me this morning that many of the more unusual retro items we have appear to have an animal theme. So, here are some of the beasty bits and bobs lying around our house: I’d…

A Little Ray of Sunshine…

Now, I’m writing this in advance, so it might very well not be sunny by the time it’s published. I don’t care. At this moment in time, I’m feeling much happier so it’s all about colours to reflect that mood.   Teacher’s strike aside, I’ve got two devolved INSET days… in Basic English, this means I’ve…

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…