White Ironstone and Green: A Simple Setting for Saint Patrick’s Day

On Saint Patrick's Day, we are all Irish for one day. Yes, there are green beers, green rivers, and silly green hats. Before the festivities, begin with a simple dinner. Everyone seems to have their favorite Irish Stew, Shepherds Pie,…

Russel Wright Casual China: Durable Everyday Dishes

Design Matters. We are captivated with the look of an object. No matter what particular style we are drawn to emulate in our lives. From the spare lines of Modernism back to Victorian Romanticism, their appeal speaks a language that…

The Victor Mug: The Social Life of Things

More than a drink, coffee is a ritual. Sleepy-eyed in the early morning quiet . . . we follow a familiar and comforting routine.  After a few minutes, the coffee  is ready and hot. Grab your mug. . . .…

Good Design for Everyone: American Modern by Russel Wright

The glaze captures the imagination .  . . Russel Wright dedicated long hours to mixing glazes to achieve the depth of soft color of American Modern Dinnerware. The first glaze colors - Chartreuse, Seafoam, Granite Gray, Coral, and Bean Brown -…

Hull Pottery: Classic Brown Drip and Comfort Food

Late in the 1960s, there was an exodus from the city to the country. If you are a boomer like me, you remember those days.  The protests of late are peaceful compared to the days that we witnessed in our…

Every Plate Tells a Story: Horn and Hardart

At the turn of the last century, the potteries along the Ohio River were working overtime to fulfill rapidly increasing orders - bricks for streets, clay products for drainage, durable toilet wares, and dinnerware. American potteries had developed new production methods…

Simplicity, harmony, and durability are the keynotes of the modern tendency. Household Discoveries, 1903

Ohio Valley Pottery: A Bowl is a Bowl is a . . .

Ohio Valley Pottery: A Bowl is a Bowl is a . . .Not a true statement. In my mind, there are bowls – and then there are bowls. Sometimes, bowls take on very interesting shapes. Even production pieces like those made…

Bailey-Walker China: Blue and White Ironstone

Bailey-Walker China: Blue and White IronstoneSometimes I look through a stack of plates with amazement. Really? Seventy-five years old? These plates are really that old? How in the world did they produce millions of plates, literally in the case of Bailey-Walker…

Vintage Restaurant Ware: A Sentimental Journey

Vintage Restaurant Ware: A Sentimental JourneyCertainly restaurant ware was not produced to fill emotional needs. In fact these wares fulfilled highly practical needs for commercial accounts such as durability including chip resistance and heat resistance. The rounded edges of restaurant ware…