Enamel Ware

Treasured Tuesday – The very first antique that I was fortunate enough to acquire, held much sentimental value for me. It was my grandmothers dresser, given to me when I was sixteen years old. Although I’m not sure why, the attraction to antiques at such an early age, just seemed like a natural. The strong interest has remained with me these many years. For the most part, I try to stay out of shops now and often describe myself as a recovering collector.

Enamel ware pots are among the first collections I began. The large pitcher, top left, is the first piece I purchased around age 19 or so. In the same shop, I also discovered a couple of nicely shaped pots with wire handles and a wooden hand grip. When my mom explained that these were old “potties,” kept under the commodes or “water closets,” they didn’t quite hold the same attraction for me. A short time later, she was able to convince me to part with those pieces.

The items shared here today are only a portion of my collection and still one of my favorite subjects to include in my artwork. Some of these will be featured in an upcoming fabric line. Stay tuned to see  when they will make their debut.

Some Local History – I only discovered in a search I conducted this morning!

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10 thoughts on “Enamel Ware

  1. Oh the stories they tell; one wonders where they have been and how they were part of the lives of ordinary people.
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Joy, thanks for visiting my blog (fingerlakesart.blogspot.com) and for your kind comments on my quilts. You could do it! A lot of what I do is applique (cut out the shapes and attach them in a variety of ways) so it isn’t that tricky. Not like piecing and getting corners to match! LOVE your artwork and I just saw your earlier post here about your “Time to Quilt” fabric line. It’s gorgeous. The b/w fabrics make it so striking (no pun intended). I hope one of our local shops is carrying it.

    1. Thanks Holly – Yes, my no sew was an applique process and although it made me nervous, it turned out great. I think the clock fabric delivers in June but I’ll need to check.

  3. What a wonderful writer you are, Janet! I love the story of the enamel pots…give me a shout today as I am finally back home from my wanderings in Lancaster, Paducah and Daytona! The new line looks FANTASTIC!

  4. Antiques are, to me, a fond rememberance of people and things before us and your photograps of your enamelware collections are simply “eye candy” Thanks for sharing and drawing such a pretty illustration for us, your fans.

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