Tag Archives: porcelain

Auntie Del’s Czech porcelain soup tureen

My great-aunt was an elfin creature and most probably fey, like my mom. She had a tinkling laugh that went up and down the scale. Our family is fond of our Irish heritage and Auntie Del and her sister Dorie, … Continue reading

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Canadian Thanksgiving and reasons to be thankful

The good news is that I now have my new computer, an iMac! I am like a kid in a candy shop because there are so many new features. I had no idea it would arrive yesterday when I made … Continue reading

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Korean celadon on porcelain from the Koryo Dynasty

My husband, Mark, and I were talking about celadon glaze last night. He made the point that it was the perfect ceramic glaze for Arts and Crafts-style decor. Fumed quarter-sawn oak and orange shellac contrast well with its cool tones. … Continue reading

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The beauty of restaurant ware

We loved a tiny antique store just off Higgins Avenue in Missoula, Montana and bought a few things there during our salad days. I found a 1920s bathing costume for Mark, which he still wears today. It was then that … Continue reading

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Robin Hopper: Three decorative techniques for ceramics

Otto showed me a book he bought when he was at his annual ceramics retreat at Metchosin. Robin Hopper’s Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface is one of the most beautiful and exciting books I’ve seen in some time. Joan … Continue reading

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Everything you need to know about making ceramic beads

When I was in high school, I remember making beads out of red clay. I still have them. They’re fairly uniform and not bad for a sixteen-year-old. More recently, some of my friends from the studio were working on beads. … Continue reading

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Louis XIV, kaolin, and Limoges

Carol Nicholson Bell is an expert in ceramics, art pottery, Chinese export and European porcelain.  An author,  dealer and collector, she writes extensively on these topics. I was fascinated by her knowledge about kaolin, that pure white clay from which … Continue reading

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