Sunday, 15 April 2018
Friday, 30 March 2018
Wednesday, 28 March 2018
I found this bowl in Saltaire last year. It has a short hairline crack on the rim, but I still bought it because the pattern is so unusual. Made from a buff coloured stoneware and covered with grey slip, the marks on the base are faint, but I think its marked KQ pattern, the shape is D349, and it has the CSA mark that dates it to 1921 or 1922.
Saturday, 17 March 2018
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
But for once is was the diminutive size of this coffee cup, saucer and cake plate that caught my eye as a buy-it-now lot on eBay last year. The 5 cm tall cup (shape number 664) and the saucer (665) were painted by Ruth Pavely in the EE pattern which does look at it's absolute best on this scale. And though it's size and fine crazing make it impractical for use, it is ideal for display in my own china cabinet.
The soft focus on the photo isn't deliberate, but does perhaps quite suit this romantic and rather useless little cup
Wednesday, 7 March 2018
Tuesday, 27 February 2018
Saturday, 24 February 2018
University and College Union 14-day strike. So my partner and me are both out on strike. Suddenly having time our hands is giving us a little taste of what retirement may be like As is the falling income that, in retirement for real, will fall even further if Universities UK get their way.
Anyway, on a positive note there are a few advantages to employers cheating on deals. For a start, it does give you a rarely felt sense of being the master of your own destiny and not a wage slave. It's also given me time for walks in the late winter sunshine and time to post on this blog again. And it's given me reason to list a few pots for sale n eBay, to contribute to my own personal strike fund. I think I have enough pots to hold out for years that way.
The pot above, I'll not be listing (unless the strike goes on for months), is an early Carter and Co stoneware vase.