Today I'll show you a little bit of my large collection of Shawnee Pottery. I got the bug from a long time friend who has the most amazing house in Napa filled with incredible Art Deco collectibles. I think I can blame Robert for most of my "collecting addiction"! We've had a lot of fun over the years haunting antique malls! When he comes to visit us from California, Mr. Squash refuses to go along with us to the antique malls ---- we tend to get a little silly and crazy - he prefers to see the "show" when we arrive home!
Robert gave us this pair of vases below after staying at our house one year...right now they're on the mantel, but I also use them on the dinner table. Shawnee was started in 1937 in Zanesville, Ohio and remained in production until 1961. They produced all sorts of fun figurines, lamps and even a couple of lines of dinnerware - anyone remember Corn King?
I mostly collect green and yellow pieces as they go best with my decor. Below on my kitchen windowsill is one of their planters and an African Violet that has been in it since 1996! Next to it is one of the earliest Shawnee pieces, a sugar bowl, in which I keep little packets of Splenda. I was fortunate to find this one completely intact and pristine!
I love this vase - it looks great with freshly picked flowers!
This is a rare cat creamer. I saw him tucked in a back corner of an antique shop in Southern New Jersey several years in a row while visiting Mr. Squash's dad. It was always in the same dark spot! I really wanted it, but the price was too high and I never seemed to be able to talk them down. A few years back we visited the shop again - obviously the price was still too high for anyone as it was still there. This time I managed to talk them into a more reasonable price and it came home with me!
I also collected a few pieces for my office. Below are more very early pieces that sit on a shelf behind my desk. I brought them down for a photo. I love these colors and may just keep my eye our for more for the Squash House! The light in my office was not good for photos of these, so click on the pictures for a better view.
One time when Robert was visiting us, we walked into a small antique store a block from my office. We weren't at all impressed with what they had, but on the way out the door I spied these two on a bottom shelf - score! I use the one on the left for rubber bands and the other one for paper clips! Sometimes we have to fight over a certain Shawnee piece - we've given more antique mall proprieters a raised eye - LOL!
I will probably make a solo trip to the Squash House tomorrow for a few days. Need to check on the cupboard door progress and talk to an electrician or two about some upgrades. Hopefully I can post from there!