|monthly newsletter vol. 8 March 2003|
Melodies in Glaze
It's March - time for spring and St. Patrick's Day! This month's articles are making me green with envy and I'm sure they will do the same for you! Speaking of green, check out the green glass from the collections of GPSA members somelikeithot! and pennyloon. And, believe it or not, we have more fabulous salts from another GPSA member, nvilla. Of course, they are all green! Diantiques makes us all drool once again with her plate of the month - Limoges this time! And our lead story by irishjune features a little known but wonderfully collectible art pottery - Dryden Pottery of Hot Srpings, Arkansas. Once again we bring you a fabulous eBay sale - art glass this month! And, we leave you with the perfect St. Patrick's Day photo contributed by member bpprat - Belleek Shamrock Ware!
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|There are over 60 Dryden Pottery items on eBay at any time, most selling in the $30 range. Yet, many collectors are unfamilar with this wonderful American art pottery.|
|The origins of Dryden Pottery are found in the
generosity of the post WWII pottery industry in America. Camark,
Frankoma, and Van Briggle Potteries all had a hand in its beginnings. The
foreman at Camark spent hours showing Jim Dryden their operation. John
Frank allowed him to spend days at Frankoma getting hands-on training in
mold making. Van Briggle placed large orders and sold Dryden production
along with their own (Dryden pieces produced for Van Briggle were marked
"Anna Van Briggle Colorado Springs").
Beginning in September, 1946, Dryden was firing pottery from molds made in Ellsworth, Kansas. Dryden operated in Ellsworth for the next ten years. The lack of tourism and the cost of shipping heavy pottery wares forced the need to move to a more viable area. Another factor was the interstate system which took tourist traffic from many small towns.
Dryden considered many locations for a new facility. He finally made his decision by looking at hotel registers. He found that Hot Springs, AR, had more hotel rooms than any other city its size in the United States. In early October 1956, Jim fired the last Kansas pottery and gave it away. The pottery was back in production by December of 1956 in Hot Springs. The move took less than 60 days. Since that time, the Dryden Pottery has been a landmark in Hot Springs. Jim Dryden is a man with a generous nature, and he embraced his new community in that spirit.
Today, 47 years later, Dryden Pottery is going strong. A second and third generation is now carrying on the traditions of the pottery. Jim's son, James Kimberly Dryden (Kimbo), and his sons Cheyenne, Zachary & Arrow are all artisans of note.
A visit to the showroom is a delight of beautiful glazes and whimsical works of art. On a recent trip to the pottery, I requested that Mr. Dryden sign my copy of the Dryden Pottery book. He very graciously did so and even personalized the inscription. He said, "You make me feel like a celebrity." This quiet, humble man has produced an incredible legacy of art and innovation that can stand alongside any of the pottery giants.
|The World's Tallest Hand Thrown Vase at the Dryden Pottery in Hot Springs, Arkansas|
|An original piece by J. K. Dryden|
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|A wonderful Dryden "critter"|
|A fabulous collection of hand crafted pottery in the Dryden showroom|
|More can be learned about Dryden in the book Dryden Pottery by G.L Dybwad and Joy V. Bliss or by going to www.drydenpottery.com.|
|Plate of the Month|
|Since the discovery of hard-paste
porcelain in Europe, one of the most famous and prolific areas of
production was - and still is - Limoges, France. Kaolin clay, which
produced a superior porcelain product, was discovered near Limoges, France
in 1768. It was the discovery of this mineral substance, which gave
impetus to the development of the porcelain industry at Limoges.
After the French Revolution in the late 18th century, manufacturers in Limoges grew in number and renown. In addition to the large makers like Haviland, there were many smaller companies that produced significant numbers of decorative and tableware items decorated in a wide variety of styles and colors. Limoges colors tend to be vivid and the use of gold accent and detail are evident in many of the articles produced by both the major and minor companies.
Created after the Sevres taste, this plate of the month for March is a beautiful specimen indeed! Created at R. Delinieres & Co., Limoges, France (mark used 1879-1900) and decorated at the L. Bernardaud Company circa 1900, the plate is double marked as the product of both companies. The "white-wear," or blank, was produced Delinieres, with the "D&C France" in green under glaze, and the "L. Bernardaud & Company" decorators, marked in red, over glaze. Both companies apparently worked in tandem to produce many fine wares around the turn of the century.
Gorgeous rococo cartouche areas enclose the hand enameled painted flowers on bright white which contrast against the soft lime green ground that is beautifully accented with gilt scrolls and leaves. With a heavy gold gadrooned edge all around the rim, the plate style is consistent with other highly decorated wares of the Gilded Age. Measuring approximately 9and 1/2" in diameter, this full service plate was likely part of a large dinner set.
Limoges ware was once the standard by which other porcelain items were measured, and this exquisite plate may provide a clue why Limoges china is actively sought by collectors the world over.
|With the arrival of spring in March, this fine Limoges plate captures the color and theme of the Season!|
|The backstamp shows the maker of the blank, the decorating company and the importer.|
|A close up of the detail reveals hand painted flowers in the cartouches.|
|In the Days When Depression Glass Was Free|
|Produced during an era well known for its
turbulent economy, much of this inexpensive glass was sold through variety
five and dime stores such as Woolworth's and Kresge's. However, one
of the most fascinating aspects of Depression glass revolves around its
use as a giveaway or promotional item. A housewife could
obtain free matching pieces to complete her dinnerware sets with purchases
of flour, seeds, or gasoline, to name a few. Dish night at the
movies and carnival games of chance were other sources of giveaway
Some products came packaged in this colorful glass such as the Whitehouse vinegar decanter with the Cameo pattern (left) or the Banded Ring tumbler containing cottage cheese. How wonderful it must have been to open a sack of flour and pull out a Sunflower cake plate, or find an Aurora Shirley Temple bowl in a box of Wheaties! Still other patterns were obtained through a major purchase. Jubilee was one such pattern, distributed through Frigidaire dealers with the purchase of a new refrigerator!
Rich in history and high in nostalgic appeal, it is little wonder that Depression glass holds the interest of today's collector.
|Unusual Cameo vinegar bottle from the author's collection|
|Depression Era Elegant Glass|
|contributed by somelikeithot!|
|Give aways weren't the only type of glass produced during the Depression era. Many fine glass manufacturers were making fabulous patterns and etches at that time. GPSA member somelikeithot! has shared from her favorite pieces of green elegant glass in honor of St. Patrick's Day!|
|Top, Heisey Twist Moongleam & crystal mayo (also shown in photo top right), Bottom, Fostoria Oak Leaf Brocade mayo. unidentified footed mayo|
|Clockwise from top, Heisey Yeoman compote, Fostria Lafayette three-part dish, nut dishes and ladle by Heisey.|
left, Fostoria #5097, with
a 12 rib optic, made from 1927 until 1940; Bottom left, stems by Central Glass; Bottom right, unknown
Top right, these were inherited by the contributor of these pictures by her grandmother. She has about 50 of these in 4 sizes and with two different etches. She does not knw who made them. They were purchased in the Detroit area between 1928 and 1931. She promises chocolate to the first who can identify them!
|A Salty St. Patrick's Day to You!|
|Here are some salts that are perfect for St.Patrick's Day! I'm sure St. Pat enjoyed his salt, though he probably took his from a simple wooden trencher. These salts help celebrate the holiday through their color and design. Green is well represented in my collection because I've always liked green, especially in glass and most especially in opalescent glass|
first pair includes one for pottery collectors, a Wade Irish pottery salt
shamrock design. It sits on three wide legs and would be very practical on the table. It's partner is a cute little glass guy with big feet and a sterling rim hallmarked for London, 1913.
|The next pair are English blown art glass, both opalescent though in different treatments. The round one has a clear, light green wave-like rigaree around the rim and clear light green applied pulled feather feet on an opalescent body. It was a retirement gift from my high school, thoughtfully acquired in secret through an English friend of mine. The one with the milky opalescent ruffled top has deeper green rigaree and pulled feet. Both are from the Stourbridge area of England where many fine glass makers worked late in the 19th century. These date to around 1880.|
|The last one is a beautiful but unusual salt with enameled decoration around the bowl and curled applied clear feet that seem a little too big but give it a solid base. It is also English from around turn of the century.|
|Another Fabulous eBay Success
Don't You Wish You Had One of These?
|eBay seller value-vintage wasn't sure whether he should invest in this interesting looking piece of Chihuly art glass. Especially since his specialty is glass from much earlier eras. So he asked some fellow eBayers whose opinions he trusts, and their response was "Go for it!" The piece is an early Macchia by Dale Chihuly signed 1983. It sold on eBay last month for $3,150. Our congratulations to value-vintage!|
|The Quintessential St. Patrick's Day
Belleek Shamrock Ware
|Photo contributed by GPSA member bpprat|
|Belleek began producing Shamrock Ware early in it's history. Pieces dating to the mid 1800's are highly prized by collectors. The line is still being produced today, much of it on the familiar basketweave blank. Most Belleek is dated using the mark. You will find additional information on Belleek marks here.|
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