Friday, November 14, 2008

CHRISTMAS is the best CRAFTS Time of the Year

We sell crafts books and love needlework and woodworking crafts as well as art and fabric arts like quilting. Crochet and knitting books, learn how with patterns for macrame, quilting, thread crochet, sewing, cross-stitch and embroidery as well as tatting and other crafts books are available for sale in our ioffer store. We have been selling sewing patterns and crafts books for four years and have about 4000 items listed at any time, with more available before Christmas.

We love Christmas, and specialize in Christmas crafts with over 2000 available at the present time. You can find our Christmas Crafts here.

All of our sewing patterns are UNCUT and UNUSED, with many vintage patterns available. We have over 2000 sewing patterns available, and these are specialty and crafts patterns, vintage and collectible designer patterns and patterns you can cut and use for sewing for your home or clothing. We do not carry current patterns in our selection of Butterick, Simplicity, McCalls, or any of the easily available companies, but have older patterns and have Burda, Advance, New Look, Style, Stretch and Sew, Vogue and many private companies like Green Peppers and patterns made in Texas.

It's time to do your Christmas crafts, make your outfits for parties, or just have fun looking at the old styles. Come visit our iOffer Store where you can BUY IT NOW and PAY WITH PERSONAL CHECK or GoogleCheckout. All our items are in stock and ready to ship. You can find out a little more about us by checking out our website. We've been buying and selling on the internet for ten years and have a reputation for fast delivery and superior products.


Sunday, June 1, 2008

Pottery Glass Jewelry Ornaments Books and Cookbooks for Sale at Cajun Collection CajunC

WHO makes RED CLAY pottery?

RED CLAY potters are often studio pottery, but FRANKOMA is the most famous red clay pottery. Probably more than 50% of the red clay pottery found in America today is from FRANKOMA, an Oklahoma pottery started by John Frank. Early FRANKOMA is NOT red clay, but was made of Ada Clay from Ada, OK. In the mid-Fifties, Sapulpa clay was used, and it was a red clay. Some of the more recent Frankoma is even more red than the Sapulpa clay color. Most of the Frankoma red clay pieces are marked, BUT NOT ALL. You can find a treasure if you know what you are looking at, and red clay is a start.

HARRIS STRONG used red clay for many of his beautiful tiles, and early PETERS AND REED pottery was RED CLAY. Grueby pottery is red clay, too, but we do not often see a piece of Grueby.

Much of the RED CLAY production pottery comes from CANADA today, and it is BLUE MOUNTAIN POTTERY, known for a drip glaze in green and black. They made beautiful animal figurines in different sizes, many with drip glazes.

There are so many pieces of pottery available that are not easily identified, and maybe YOU have one. I will be available to look at some of these if you contact me, and hopefully I can identify it or tell you where to look for the identification.

Happy hunting American pottery!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

TAN CLAY Vintage American Pottery Identification

TAN CLAY potteries are more difficult to identify by area. DRYDEN pottery used TAN clay for much of their early production in KANSAS and even some of the ARKANSAS pottery. ROSEMEADE produced tan clay pottery with tiny dark specks throughout, and they were in North Dakota. There were also some other potteries that worked in the North Dakota style (particularly one that made Pine Cone designs) that used tan clay.

CANADA pottery is often a tan clay that they call MOCHA. It was made on the eastern coast--and although this discussion is about AMERICAN pottery, this one can be confusing. There are also FOREIGN potteries that use tan clay, and ITALY is one of the best, but most of their pottery is marked as to country of origin--whereas the Canadian production is tagged only.

There were also some American STUDIO POTTERS who used tan clay, but their works are usually marked on the bottom with a hand-written name.

The nice feature about tan clay is that you can usually EXCLUDE Ohio potteries and Texas potteries if you see tan clay. The production potteries from these states
did not use tan clay.

Remember, turn the pot over to locate an area that is NOT GLAZED to see the clay color. Don't let the GLAZE color confuse you. That is not the CLAY COLOR that we are looking at here.

Happy hunting until next time!


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

WHITE CLAY potteries were in Arkansas and Texas primarily

TEXAS produced pottery in the 1950's that was Art Deco in appearance. Some of it is stamped with ALAMO POTTERIES stamp, but much of it is marked only with numbers. These are STRAIGHT numbers on the WHITE clay, and they help identify Alamo Pottery. GILMER POTTERIES also produced white clay pottery at the same time, and in much the same style, with an Art Deco appeal.

CAMARK POTTERY of CAMDEN, ARKANSAS was making art pottery with hand painting and often flower designs during the Mid-Century Modern Era, (1950s) too. They used WHITE CLAY to make florist pottery as well as figurines. NILOAK POTTERY was also making white clay pottery figurines and florist ware in ARKANSAS. Some of these pots and figurines are marked, and some are not. Some have numbers to give some help in identification, but even if they do not have numbers, the WHITE clay is of great help in determining the company that made it.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

There are lots of other lesser-known potteries who used yellow clay from Ohio and who were located in Ohio. These include ROBINSON-RANSBOTTOM of Roseville, Ohio, often confused with Roseville Pottery. The ZANESVILLE potters used yellow clay, too.

Probably the BEST KNOWN of all of the yellow-clay potteries is MCCOY pottery, and they had a large quantity of production ware for many years. These are the pieces that were mass produced, and did not require much hand work. MUCH McCoy was marked, but there are MANY pieces that were unmarked, and can be identified, if you know HOW.

So, if the pottery is YELLOW CLAY as determined by looking on the DRY FOOT or in an area where there is no glaze, think OHIO and OHIO potteries for identification.


Saturday, April 26, 2008

Identifying American Pottery by CLAY COLOR

Identifying American pottery by clay color has been one of the best tips I have ever been able to share with others interested in pottery identification. Most of the clay colors are related to the REGION of PRODUCTION. The most obvious one is OHIO. Ohio produced a yellow clay in abundance, and it was used by numerous pottery companies in that area. Some of the companies moved there just to utilize the clay, but Ohio was a center of DINNERWARE production long before pottery.

Ohio potteries include ROSEVILLE and WELLER, both well-known and operating from the turn of the Twentieth Century until mid-century. If you look at the BOTTOM of the ROSEVILLE or WELLER POTTERY, you will be able to see the DRY FOOT (the area where there is no glaze) and see that they are a yellow pottery. Many of these pieces are MARKED on the bottom, so there is no doubt. BUT, the difference in the GREAT FINDS for YOU is to know the pieces that are UNMARKED. This is HOW to learn to identify those splendid old pots that are unmarked.

Just FOLLOW THIS BLOG to learn!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Identifying Glass and American Pottery

If you have vintage American glass or pottery that you cannot identify, you are welcome to let us take a guess. After years of working with glass and pottery identification, we might be able to help.

You've come to the right place if you want to have someone take a look at a piece of pottery or glass for you!