Hello. I like to collect well-designed vintage pottery (and lots of other stuff) from the 1950s,
'60s and '70s. Here are some pictures and info of a selection of the things I've found.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Frozen Daiquiri, anyone?

Wow. They really knew how to illustrate books in 1967. Well, John Alstrop and Eric Hill did anyway.

Published by Determined Productions Inc, San Francisco, in 1967, Booze is an amazing little illustrated book of some fifty-odd cocktail recipes. I've no way of knowing if the two designer/illustrators sampled any (or all!) of the cocktails before putting their colourful pens to paper, but they certainly didn't hold back. The pages are filled with vibrant and humorous images in a wonderfully typical 1960s psychedelic style.

It's a lovely little book. And goes quite well with a quirky little drinks tray we found recently which probably dates from the same era.


Thursday, 23 October 2014

An abstract serving on this vintage platter. Poole Delphis.

A platter with such a generous serving of abstract design. This vibrant charger is full of fun and full of colour. It's from the Poole Delphis range and was probably made in the late 1960s or early 1970s. The pointed shape is known as shape 91. Unfortunately the plate is not signed so I'm not sure who the artist was - which is a shame because such an expressive technique deserves recognition.

An interesting and eye catching plate, for sure.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Vintage tin coasters for colourful cocktails. Worcester.

I've always been a bit of a sucker for colourful, geometric pattern. And when it comes in the form of vintage drinks coasters, I just couldn't resist.

These small tin coasters or cocktail mats have bold graphic designs and funky retro colours. I have an idea they were made by Worcester, England. They probably date from the 1960s or 1970s.

It seems a long time ago now that I submitted a blog-post on some funky table mats by the same maker. Remember these: 1960s Worcester mats

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Footed dish in jade green. 1960s or 1970s.

A footed dish in a cool jade green colour. Made by Eastgate Potery (an off-shoot of Hornsea) in the 1960s or 1970s. 

Nice shape nice colour.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Mysterious girl. Stylish 1950s bust of a girl.

Here's something I found recently about which, I have to admit, I know nothing at all.

This beautiful head and shoulders of a girl is made from that sort of chalky pottery that easily chips. She's about nine inches high and is very much in the 1950s style. There's an unreadable signature on the back with the wording Bust No. 4. I wonder if there are more in the same style?

I like the stylised, exaggerated shape and the curved lines. The colours work well too.

A mystery she may be but I'll have to make room to display her somewhere.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Matching lamp base for Poole Freeform vase

It seems like ages ago when I did a blogpost on a Poole Freeform vase from the 1950s. Remember this:  Poole Freeform vase. 

Here is a matching item that I have had displayed with the vase. This item is actually a lamp base but I think it looks more elegant displayed without any of the fittings. The design is hand-painted, I think by Gwen Haskins, and I have an idea that it dates from the late 1950s or early 1960s.