Glass Sunflower Plate Heavy Scandinavian Humppila ??

Glass Sunflower Plate Heavy Scandinavian I have had this plate for a couple of years now and still don’t know what brand and designer it is. Today I found a matching smaller one, so now I have two.                   For a while I thought that it was from Humppila Glass Finland, designed by Kai Blomqvist in the 1970s. I have not been able to verify this – so now I don’t know.
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Crown Crystal Glass History & Gallery

Crown Crystal Glass History & Gallery (update Jul 2024)           I had been buying bits of old ‘pressed glass’ and ‘depression glass’ for years, but not realising that the majority of it was made in Australia, and by essentially the same company, and for nearly 50 years. There are lots of pictures of the pieces I have had below. History The Crown Crystal Glass Company operated from 1915 under several different names and after 1963 became
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Guritno Porcelain Australia Touristware

Guritno Porcelain Australia Touristware Today I found another piece of fantastic Guritno Touristware so I thought I would put pull together this blog. Launched in 2004, Guritno Australia is the creative partnership of Agung Guritno and Rosalinda Corazon. As a professional team they transform original artwork into captivating images that grace their delightful products. From their Sydney studios, they collaborate to conjure visual stories on pieces that are beloved and collected across the world. They are well-known for its high
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Diana Pottery Australia History & Gallery

Diana Pottery Australia History & Gallery (updated June 2023) I collected Diana for about 30 years, but I have only kept a couple of favourite pieces for myself now. Diana Pottery Australia operated from 1941 to 1966 in Marrickville Sydney and was the most important Australian ceramics manufacturer during this time. They are well know for slip-ware, hand painted pottery, kitchenware and ovenware. They produced decorative earthenware table vases, wall pocket vases, decanters, figurines and a popular range of tableware
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Poole Pottery History & Gallery

Poole Pottery History & Gallery I have known about Poole for more than 20 years and occasionally find pieces in my bargain hunting. Poole Pottery has operated in Dorset England since 1873 and are still operating today.  They started with architectural ceramics, moved into decorative pottery in the 1900s.  They produced a wide range of art pottery and useful tableware throughout the 1900s. They attracted some excellent designers/artists for their art pottery and produced the twintone tableware range in a
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Denby Pottery History & Gallery

Denby Pottery History & Gallery (updated May 2023) I have been interested in Denby for more than 20 years and occasionally find pieces in my bargain hunting. Denby Pottery was established in 1809 by William Bourne after the discovering of clay in Denby.  They started with commercial containers and innovated in firing methods in salt glazed kilns. In the 1900s they concentrated on kitchen wares and art ware. It stayed a family business only until 1942. They still operate today. 
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Portmeirion History & Gallery

Portmeirion History & Gallery Portmeirion Pottery was founded in 1960 by Susan Williams-Ellis and her husband and the company is still operating today.  Their most successful ranges are the botanical ones, including Pomona (1982) and Botanic Garden (1982) that are decorated with a variety of floral illustrations adapted from Thomas Green’s Universal or-Botanical, Medical and Agricultural Dictionary (1817). Susan Williams-Ellis’ early designs include Malachite (1960), Moss Agate (1961) and Talisman (1962).[2] In 1963 Susan created the popular Totem, an abstract
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Green Capri Canisters destined for a new home – Serendipity

Green Capri Canisters destined for a new home – Serendipity About 2 months ago my girlfriend was helping her mother de-clutter her cupboards. Among the items were a set of 4 fantastic green Capri canisters with white lids and gold lettering (made by B. X Plastics Melbourne).  Her mother no longer needed them so home they went with my girlfriend to remind her of her childhood and be used again. My girlfriend knows that I love old things so she
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Villeroy & Boch History & Gallery

Villeroy & Boch History & Gallery Now called Villeroy & Boch Group. In 1748 Francois Boch started a ceramics business and in 1791 was joined by Nicolas Villeroy. They manufactured in France, Luxemberg and Germany. They have provided services to European royalty and Popes. They are still in business today producing high quality ceramics. Botanica was produced from 1983 – 2008 and came in an enormous variety of botanic patterns and pieces. For more on the story of Villeroy &
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Iittala Finland History & Gallery

Iittala Finland History & Gallery (updated May 2024) I have been collecting Iittala for about 10 years, but I have decided to downsize my collection to just my favourite patterns. Iittala Finland “dates back to 1881 when a glass factory was established in a village of the same name in southern Finland.” “The breakthrough came in the early years of modernism and functionalism during the 1930s and 40s. At that time it was pioneers like Alvar Aalto, Aino Aalto and
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