And second to that was the basket ware - hand made and hand woven baskets with hand made and hand painted flowers.
|A finished basket|
|Wet clay being rolled into flowers.|
|The basket before firing|
I spent a couple of school holidays working in the Pottery, in the office, learning how to do up the wages and piece ware books (the potters were paid by the piece) ... but most of all I learned my way around the workings of the pottery. I used to love watching the guys working at the basket ware ... the wet clay was a bit like pasta when it was pressed out into strings of clay and it had a very unique smell.
But then there were designs that weren't so popular and those were far and away my favourites and are collectors items. Nowadays, the china has changed a bit in texture but it's still lovely.
My tea set was passed on to me by my mother after Dad passed away.
The design is Mask I think from the period between 1925-55.
I love the ritual of using a special tea set ... it takes me right back to my childhood.
This parian ware (another name for the fine white porcelain), they said, could be dropped on a stone floor and not break .... I've never wanted to test that out, but for sure tea and coffee tastes a lot better in it.
This blog is Day 18 in Sarah Allen's 30 day blog challenge