Am I Blue
In the early 1980’s the country was swept with nostalgia for all things related to early American. This was due to the popular programs of “The Walton’s” and the Depression Era,” The Wild Wild West” and other programs of it’s genre’ and the Victorian Era and “Little House on the Prairie”and the Country fad.
I have have been enamored with all three periods during my years of collecting. Having spent many of my childhood years on a farm, Country Decorating warmed the cockles of my heart.Farm life was a struggle and Country Collectibles reminded me of those years. Though they were a struggle there are so many wonderful memories of my farm life.
Country Decorating created in me a fondness for blue and white china. Every Country or Victorian program had someone sipping tea from a beautiful delicate Blue Willow Cup…hence my consuming fascination with Blue Willow China.
Well as in all collecting fads your tastes will progress from your original passion to a new passion ,discovered during your quest for the former…in my case it became Flow Blue China.
Flow Blue China it seems,though fascinatingly beautiful as it is, was a mistake. In the early 1800’s England became consumed with the blue and white china being imported from China. These imports were for only the very wealthy so the Staffordshire pottery companies began to make relatively good copies. The design would be painted or transferred to the white bodied stoneware and fired. Well one day something happened during the firing and the blue flowed on to the white making an attractive blurry design. It became very desirable and is to this day highly collectible. If the pottery could speak it would look at the blurry blue on it’s white body and exclaim”Am I blue”,(for those too young to remember this is the title of a 50’s pop song).
I’ll share with you some of my most unusual pieces and keep in mind they were purchased for $25 or less…they would be much more if purchased in antique shops.