Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Why Collector Plates?

Glass and Fine China have always been treasured by the people of Southeastern Ohio. Having grown up in a town beside the "Glass City,"(Bellaire, Ohio) I grew up loving the delicate decorations coming from the area. But in the mid 1970's, I married into a family that came from the Pottery Capital of the World, East Liverpool, Ohio. They owned a small family pottery, Kass China, one of the multitude of small potteries existing among the giants of the pottery industry. My Mother-in-Law faithfully collected all the prized pieces by Homer Laughlin, Knowles, Taylor & Knowles, and Hall China, always busying herself studying known and lesser known pieces made by each company. Upon her walls were some of the most exquisite collector plates. Many done by artisans who originated from the town. A naive artist myself at the time, I fell in love with the idea of artwork displayed on collector plates. I always hoped that as I became more educated and accomplished in my artistry, that I would someday market my own drawings & paintings on Fine China and Glass. DLJ Art Memories has been a dream come true for me. As an artist, I am able to do just that. In this way I am preserving memories in the tradition of the artisans in the are of Ohio that my husband and I grew up. The potteries of East Liverpool have moved on, but the traditions still linger among those who have lived there.
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  1. I love the story behind the plates! My friend always collected Hall china. I especailly love the owl and pussycat on the boat :)

  2. Hi Deborah....just found you through linkedin and have become your newest follower. Hope you will check me out as well. If you leave a comment you will be entered in my 300th the yellow.....just like buttercream :)