Vintage American Pottery
Blue Ridge Southern Potteries produced hand-painted pottery wares from the 1930s-50s from Tennessee.
There’s a certain charm to all of the Blue Ridge pieces that comes from the imprecise brushstrokes.
The company recruited women from the surrounding Appalachian hills to become ceramic artists. They trained them, and the women would work in small groups, each person painting one particular detail. For example, one person would do stems, one petals, etc.
Imported pottery was halted during WWII, and with their bright and cheerful patterns, demand for Blue Ridge dishes increased rapidly.
But whereas the ban of imports helped them, when imports where allowed back into the country, the demand for their wares declined, and especially with the advent of plastic dishes that were practically indestructible. They closed shop in 1957.
The Blue Ridge Southern Pottery had a myriad of patterns, the Mountain Glory is just one of them. But the way each one is different from the next, due to the hand-painting, is so whimsical. They may not be the most expensive collectible dishes, but they certainly are one of the most cheerful.
Recommended movie or book to sip to:
Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, by Jean Kerr.
For watching, the movie version with Doris Day and David Niven.
Even though this pattern is Morning Glory, it’s yellow like Daisies. But mostly this pattern makes me this of Doris Day, who was always such a sunny person, at least in her movies.
And the dialogue in the book and movie is so witty. It’s based on the real life of the author, Jean Kerr, and her marriage to a New York drama critic when they move to the country.