Kyohei Fujita was one of Japan’s leading glass artists, who was well-known for creating glasswork that resembled traditional Japanese lacquered boxes. His mottled and gilt decoration was intricate and beautiful, and his work is celebrated to this day, with his work gaining an international reputation and his small intricate boxes […]
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The Studio Pottery of Lucie Rie – Lucie Rie was a British-Austrian potter and one of the most influential ceramic artists of the 20th century. She was born in Vienna in 1902 and moved to London in 1938. After World War II, she established herself as a leading figure in […]
Norah Wellings Dolls – Norah Wellings was a British toymaker and designer, well known for her cloth dolls. We take a brief look at her career and at her unique dolls along with some doll values. Norah was born in Shropshire in 1893 and began her career as a milliner’s […]
The Union Glass Co. was established in 1851 in Somerville, Massachusetts by Amory and Francis Houghton, two members of the prominent Houghton business family. The company was successful making a range of glass products doorknobs, lamps, bottles, windows, lenses, tableware and were especially noted for railroad lanterns. The company adapted […]
Of the approximately 360 known Pot Lid designs a number feature scenes related to the life and works of William Shakespeare. These Shakespearean Pot Lids include locations relevant to Shakespeare’s life: The room in which Shakespeare was born; Anne Hathaway’s house; and Shakespeare’s house on Henley Street in Stratford upon […]
During the gloom of The Great Depression, Clarice Cliff went off trend and created several bright and colourful Art Deco wall masks including Chahar, Flora and Marlene. Decorative ceramic masks had become fashionable in the 1920s and companies such as Goldscheider had had great success with them (for more see […]
Collecting Goldscheider Wall Masks – Decorative ceramic masks became fashionable in the 1920s as a way to add personality and style to a room. They were modelled on idealised faces and styles of the Art Deco period including short bobbed hair and fashionable headwear often in bold and jazzy colours. […]
The Roth Ceramics Factory (Roth Keramik) was a German ceramics factory that was based in Ebernhahn at the heart of the West German ceramics industry. It was founded by Edmund Roth in 1954, and operated until it closed in 1992. Dorothea Roth, Edmund’s wife, was one of the leading designers […]
There’s something about opera glasses that just captures our imaginations. Maybe it’s the way they conjure up images of elegant ladies and dashing gentlemen attending the opera in centuries past. Or maybe it’s their delicate beauty, with their intricate designs and colorful enameling. Whatever it is, there’s no doubt that […]
When it comes to fashion, there are few names as iconic as Mary Quant. The designer is most famous for her miniskirts and other 1960s-inspired designs, which continue to be popular even today. Mary Quant was also responsible for the fashions of a doll called Daisy, and named after the […]