Saturday, March 16, 2013

J B Cole Pottery

 These three bottles have been in the family since my grandparents built the house that we live in. I remember them being the only pottery displayed on the mantel when I would visit in the summers.
 When Mark and I first moved here and were raising two young kids Mark thought it would be best if these pots went to live with my parents in Virginia just to keep them safe.

Then one day, after we had become potters, my parents came to see us and brought them back to the farm. My mother thought that we should have them back. They have been displayed on the mantel ever since.

No matter what new and different pots we add and subtract from the mantel these are always there. They feel like home to me.
They make me think of my grandmother and grandfather and spending the summers with my sisters and brothers on the farm.  My Grandmother was not from here but she fully embraced the local pottery that was made here.
She enjoyed her time in and out of the pottery shops and was a close friend with both Nell Cole and her husband Phil. My grandmother would be my introduction to Walter and Dorothy Auman at Seagrove Pottery.

A few years back my mother also handed over this footed bowl that might have been made for a cake stand even if it is not that flat.  I am not sure how a cake would fit on it since it is more bowl shaped.

 I have always thought that this footed bowl would look great in a dinning room that had some clean modern lines with white walls and bright light streaming through the windows. Does this happen to you? Do you see pots and think that you know where they should live?

 I just cleaned these up and thought that taking a layer of dust off them would give you a better look at how pretty this glaze is.

The rumor that surrounded this glaze was that there was gold dust in the glaze.
Really?, Gold dust.... Well it did sound good.

 I have added a link to an article that my brother Jay wrote before he died. If you have a minute you might enjoy reading it.



Dennis Allen said...

When I saw the footed bowl, I thought compote. Either way these are great reds.

Judy Shreve said...

I always enjoy reading Jay's writings - great article! When I lived in WV - heard the rumor that Homor Laughlin's earlly Fiestaware had uranium red glazes! Collectors were always looking for them.

Those bottles are amazing - beautiful red and such history!

That plate stand would look lovely with some oranges on it!

Laurie said...

I'm with Judy. I pictured it with fruit. Such a bright and cheery glaze.

Shortstuff said...

I, too, have fond memories of those red pots living on Lib and Pop's mantel. They belong there.

cookingwithgas said...

I am very find of these red pots. There are other folks out there who are collecting reds as well and there is a show coming up at the NCPC later this year on reds. It should be a great show.

Suburban Correspondent said...

Love that cake plate!

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smartcat said...

What a luscious color and what wonderful memories.

And you have Spring!

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