My USA White Matte Pottery Collection
It all started innocently enough with a single floraline vase. I found the shapes interesting as well as the story.
I would find a single piece here and there for a buck or two while perusing the thrift and second-hand stores. I liked the forms and for a dollar or two, why not? It didn’t take long to amass a small collection. And then, I guess you could say it became an addiction. A cheap one, but still a problem when you continue to buy things you have no need for. The photo above is a small sampling of my collection and is peppered with other white items to mix it up.
I had white matte pottery in every closet and cranny in my house stuffing them in drawers all the while continuing to buy more. One dollar or two at a time.
Thank goodness for me, I prefer the old-fashioned kind of shopping – you know – the actual getting in the car and going to the store kind of shopping. I can see it, touch it, ponder it while I walk the isles telling myself, “the last thing I need is another piece of McCoy. eBay wasn’t, and still isn’t, part of my routine or I would need “a bigger boat” to house all my finds!
Then, I started searching for the larger more expensive pieces! Full on pottery addict. Now I look for black, pink, green, white and recently started picking up bean pots too.
I guess I have my limits because what started out as a fun scavenger hunt of sorts for me remains just that today. I still like to find a new pottery piece, cheap, just a buck or two – like back in the good ole days. But I draw my limits now depending on the store, I may go as high as $12- $20 depending on the piece and how many I currently have.
Check out the history of Floraline vases here on the McCoy website. The vases were originally sold exclusively to florists in the 1960’s and clearly have a mid-century vibe. Perhaps it brings up memories of my childhood since these were the vases flowers were delivered in. I just don’t think the glass vases we get today are anything anyone would ever collect. But I guess that’s what we all once thought about the matt pottery vases as well.
Here is a great article on Hull Pottery another brand of USA made pottery that is part of the collection.
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Haeger Pottery created some beautiful pottery until 2016 when they closed due to the recession and cheap imports among other things.
In the past, I have sold bookcases filled with white matte pottery in furnished models and staged homes. Nothing looks better than white in a dark bookcase.
Be sure to check out my collection of collection photos on the Home Life & Design Blog. Is collection images of other peoples collections part of the addiction as well? Honestly, I think it makes me feel better to know I am not the only one that appreciates a good collection!
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Till next time….