Thursday, July 22, 2010

What The Hell Are Those?! 1950's Handmade Pottery



OK I admit it.

I have a passion for these little ugly 1950's mid-century handmade pots or vases.

And these are SO odd, I just had to have them. Oh and no one else bid on these either lol...



I don't collect any well-known potters work. I don't really know any. I don't study this area of collecting at all.



Why collect these? Heck, I have no clue why I like these. I took a ceramics class in High School, but my artistic skills lay in other mediums.

I remember Mom doing a sculpture of a nude once. Never finished it.



So I don't know why these grab my attention! I like the lop-sided, handmade, simple designs made with earth tone glazes types of pots and vases that no one else wants. I adore them!





OK, time to confess. Do you have a secret passion for an oddity?

Do you have a stash of vintage hand-knitted toilet paper roll cozies in the shapes of poodles:





...Or a gaggle of nail and string artworks made in the 70's that NO ONE ELSE seems to be collecting?




Share YOUR odd collection!
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21 comments:

  1. haha...sometimes things are so odd looking that they're beautiful, like mushrooms :)

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  2. I like stuffed animals/creatures that are so ugly they are cute! But they freak out everybody else :(

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  3. Hahaha... I just remembered. Somewhere I have an "ugly vintage postcard" collection!

    Now where did I put it? =O

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  4. I'd love to see your collection, Miss Emmi. =)

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  5. well I quite often share the same taste as you but I can categorically say that in this instance i don't ;o)

    Nope I don't get it, and although I'm not sure I have a secret passion for an oddity, I used to collect vintage slippers so I guess that is quite odd, but not ugly, I've got rid of most of them now but I do love slippers :o)

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  6. Oh vintage slippers are a cool collection! Never thought of that. =O

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  7. BTW, your art pottery was made in the 1950s by Fredericka Von Smooginhousen, a little-known blind potter who lived alone in a cave while she created some of the most innovative work known to the art pottery community. She would fast for six months, pondering her navel the entire time, then suddenly scream "I FEEL THE NEED TO CREE(ate)!" and erupt in a frenzy of creativity.

    I'm not making this up.........

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  8. LOL!!

    Seller said it was made in the 50's by a woman named Ilene, now 88 years old and hoped her pots would to go someone who appreciated them.

    I'm always skeptical about these "darling old granny" stories. Guess I'm jaded... =)

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  9. Oh my goodness...string art! Haven't seen that in forever!

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  10. Vintage Christine, how did you track that info down? I think those vases or pot things ROCK! How frickin organic can ya get? Good eye, Miss Atomic! Honest to God, ugly is not the first word that came to my mind. I thought, WOW! Clay!

    I love old creepy pictures- preferably victorian. The pics where there's a person standing by a coffin, with a loved one inside are morbid and yet strangely fascinating. Now THAT'S weird, eh?

    By the way, I got a new lamp via a trade, so I'll be sure to photo it...

    Hugs and love, sugar plum.

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  11. Ah, so it was Fredericka ILENE Von Smooginhousen! The Encyclopedia Of Made-Up Information On Artists didn't include middle names . . .

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  12. That's what I mean, Kelly. There are things out there NO ONE thinks of collecting. Get 'em while they're cheep cheep cheep!!


    LOL Christine!! I DO see a contemplated navel design in both of them, influenced by the artist lol...


    Darlene I used to be VERY interested in vintage funerary stuff and vintage death photos and such. But much like the rich and crazy Halloween collectors, it was an area of collecting I could never afford. =(

    I wanted a 1940's Hearse so bad at one time... Never got one boo =(

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  13. Probably not weird to my blogging comrades, but people find my tiki collecting quite odd. I'm surprised I like them too sometimes as they're not really pretty but I can still see their beauty.

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  14. Oh I'm with ya there. MoonDoggie.

    No one else understand the excitement of getting that matching atomic particle lamp finial as much as we do, that's for sure lol...

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  15. OK, is everyone in agreement that Vintage Christine is a laugh riot? Har di har har!

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  16. When the Beanie Baby craze was in full swing, I rebelled by trying to find the ugliest beanie babies. I have a small but hideous collection consisting of a baboon, a hyena and a serpent~take that cute little bears!
    Love that pottery and I remember reading somewhere that there is a whole group of collectors of ugly pottery (their description).

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  17. I have a collection of matchbooks. i really need to start smoking again because it is getting out of hand

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  18. Poodle cozies, hee hee! And that string art is THE WORST. Can you imagine dusting that thing EACH WEEK?!? I think I would just take it outside and hose it down.

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  19. We used to have to make string art in 7th grade (in 1987!) as an introduction to our wood shop class. First we had to plot it out on graph paper before we were allowed to make it with the wood and nails. Even now I love plotting different designs just to draw out. LOL So funny!

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