“The collector is an artist in his own way, by the way he puts things together. You can read a person’s soul from their collection.”
– Ayers Tarantino, Art and Antiques, Dec 2008
Confession time….. I’m obsessed! With pottery. Specifically white pottery. Several years ago, I picked up my first piece at a thrift store for a couple of bucks. I brought it home and looked up the name on the bottom, McCoy. I was then very, very happy at my good find, as it turns out, McCoy is a very collectible brand! Well, since then, I have been unable to resist these creamy vases of beauty, and I have amassed quite a collection. I absolutely adore the way they look together, and don’t mind filling-in with a piece that bears absolutely no name, but looks as if it may have been lovingly painted by someone’s great-aunt and fired at the local ceramic shop. I also love little surprises, like my latest find at the thrift store labeled: Frank Moreno. I’ve looked it up, and it appears he is someone of note, and his pieces are sold in galleries. I don’t really care about making money on my finds, I just enjoy the serendipity of finding something unique for a good price and adding to my happy little (okay, large) collection. That first piece, however, is still my favorite, and I look at it as the beginning of a beautiful relationship…. with pottery.
Some of my favorite brands: McCoy, Haeger, Red Wing, Hull, California, USA, Franciscan, Bauer…. Although, who really cares what name is on the bottom if you really love it!