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 (updated May 2023)

Iittala Finland History & Gallery 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 Kaj Franck who
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Arabia Finland History & Gallery

Arabia Finland History & Gallery (updated June 2023) Arabia has been producing tableware since 1873.  They have produced many well known ranges including Valencia, Ali, Pomona, Rosmarin and Ruska. They attracted many great designers over the years including: Ulla Procope from 1948-1966 who was responsible for the hand painted Valencia range and the mass-produced Rosmarin range. Anja Jaatinen-Winquist and her husband Peter Winquist from 1967-1974. Anja Jaatinen-Winquist was responsible for the Pimpinella range of Demitasse Coffee Cups. Raija Uosikkinen from
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Iittala Kimara Whiskey Glass from a thrift shop

Fantastic find of rare Iittala Kimara Whiskey Glasses by Timo Sarpeneva at a thift shop.                       Timo Sarpeneva designed these for Iittala Finland in 1979 as part of the i-lasi range of glassware. The range of Kimara glasses included this Whiskey/Water glass and a Shot glass (at least). I saw these on the shelf and although I did not recognise the pattern, I really liked the design. On closer inspection
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Iittala Finland Kekkerit Dessert Bowls found at Charity Shop

I am so so happy because last week I found these Iittala Finland Kekkerit Dessert Bowls at my local Charity Shop.                 Timo Sarpeneva designed these for Iittala Finland in the 1970s and they are a Mid-Century Modern classic for Scandinavian glass. I am collecting the different sized glasses in this pattern but had not seen the bowls for sale anywhere before.  I was very happy to pay $25 for 5 of them,
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