Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Sometimes design trends change too fast for my sluggish soul. Hemlines go up and down; colors have a shelf life no longer than sour cream. But in my house one thing is constant and always fresh: Ironstone.
I began collecting it when I was a bride. As the decades passed, fads and fancies caught my attention, but my love for white pottery never wavered. I didn't care if it was "real" Ironstone or not, if it was white, or cream, I loved it.
Of course, that was many hundreds of years ago, way back in the 70s, when boxes of ironstone could be found at garage sales.
I could write an Ode to Ironstone. It is hardworking, and glamorous. It's the "little black dress" of pottery. Why? It can be dressed up or down--it works with any color. And you never need a "set" of anything because the disjointed pieces are united by color.
It loves being grouped.
Or in little vignettes
But it doesn't mind being alone..
Or filled with green apples
If you'd like more information about collecting Ironstone, Expert Village has a series of videos--just CLICK HERE.
Martha Stewart tells a bit more:
Ruby Lane has a Staffordshire Kensington sugar and creamer for $12.
A set of real English Ironstone can be found in another corner of Ruby Lane for $211.00, service for 6.
And here's an Ironstone salad plate for $7.11
at THE FIND.
If you collect Ironstone or white pottery, do you have any tips? Favorite places to shop?