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Friday, March 12, 2010

Vintage American Dinnerware Part 1 - Taylor Smith & Taylor

Vintage American dinnerware is one of my favorite things! There are so many patterns, shapes, colors and decals to choose and these dishes can still be found at very reasonable prices. Full sets are easily found in almost any antique shop and replacement pieces are abundant in online shop inventories. My favorite era would have to be the dishes of the 1930's and 40's with the mid century modern pieces of the 50's and 60's running a very tight race for second place.

Companies like Taylor Smith & Taylor, Salem China Company, W. S. George and Paden City Pottery are just a few of the dinnerware makers operating during that time. TST's most popular line was Lu-Ray Pastels. These dishes were glazed with pink, blue, green, gray and yellow. LuRay was manufactured from the late 1930's into the early 1960's and some great shapes can be found like the Sharon pink covered casserole shown here. Pastel dinnerware can really brighten your table and it's really fun to mix the colors when using dinnerware patterns like Lu-Ray and Fiesta. Not to mention that you can mix some glassware patterns with it as well. We were working on Lu-Ray and Hazel Atlas Coral Ovide in the same day and they looked pretty nice together. Just for fun, here's a shot of them. Pretty cool right?
One of the great things about vintage American dinnerware is that you can change your pattern without too much expense if you're bored. We use a white china with a pretty robin's egg blue trim. It is unmarked but I find pieces on a regular basis at local garage sales. I always ask about maker and every seller over 60 years old has said it is Syracuse China bought from an outlet store that's been closed for longer than they can remember. I've never found the pattern name or even an assigned number like the big R site uses but I'll keep looking.

We'd love it if you'd comment and let us know which makers and patterns are your favorites, even if they are not vintage or American dinnerware. Do you use your dishes or are they for display only?

Happy Searching!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Glass and Pottery Co-Op March Newsletter

Greetings from The Glass and Pottery Co-Op!

Spring is a time for new growth, fresh starts and remodeling! As our site grows we too must refresh our look from time to time. We work hard to make our pages inviting to the eye and have changed our front page to show the best of our products at first glance. Our dealers' featured items are now front and center and we've moved our new additions links to the right side navigation. As always, our category tree remains to the left. We hope this helps you navigate more easily.

Spring is a great time for you to think about sprucing up your dinnerware patterns too. Get rid of your late winter doldrums with a Cheery Chintz pattern by Erphila Dorset. Perhaps daisies or roses are better suited to your taste like this Franciscan dinnerware. Patterns with floral bouquets are lovely and here is just a sample of our vintage American dinnerware by Leigh Potters. Elegant patterns by Dresdan are also in stock. These are just a few ideas and we have a large inventory to browse.

Are you ready to shake off the cold and start visiting again? We have a selection of tea cups and saucers that will impress your best friends at your next afternoon tea party. It's always fun to mix and match during these informal gatherings. And speaking of cups, did you know that just a little bit of oxy clean in water will remove the stains from your favorite mugs in a very short time? This works especially well on stoneware. Try it, so easy.

Happy Spring!

The Glass and Pottery Co-Op

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