Collecting, Culling and Curating

My pottery collection provides so much pleasure 

The green glaze of pottery is as varied as grass, water, emeralds, chameleons and acorn squash. That’s what makes collecting so much fun.

It was at a student sale that I bought my first piece of pottery in 1986. My mother-in-law worked at Richland College then and turned me on to the pop-up sale secreted away in the student union.

The work seemed remarkably fine, representing a small but talented group of potters who sat lined up at a table ready to wrap the purchases.

Inexpensive pieces ranged from about five to thirty five dollars for a small cup to a large vase. I made a point of shopping that pre-Christmas sale for many years, building up my collection.

From there, I hit the thrift stores with a mission: I became a green pottery go getter. Names like McCoy, Haeger and Treasure Craft replaced Chanel and St. John. I graduated to top-shelf studios like Weller, Roseville, Rookwood and Francoma. I discovered California Potteries. My shelves filled up.

Rare pair of green ceramic hen and rooster candlestick holders found on a trip to Rosenberg, Texas

Soon green pottery began to dominate my physical and mental surroundings. It would remain a passion and pastime for several decades.

Now I have so many beautiful pots I go through and pull the ones I don’t love any more and sometimes put them up for sale.

I think focusing on one particular thing like green pottery has brought a lot of joy to my love of thrift stores. The search is less random.

Souvenir from Buenos Aires flea market
Found at a community college student art sale
Pair of matte green vases

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