It’s hard to imagine a home without pottery of some kind.
Consciously, I never really thought about how much pottery I had acquired until I began writing this post. Displayed on tables, inside cupboards, on shelves, and windowsills, it is everywhere.
The utilitarian role is hard to argue; how can you not collect something that is such a joy to the eye, is available in many colors, sizes, and shapes, and serves a multitude of roles in the home and workplace. It is the quintessential fusion of form and function!
My collection began with plates. When I bought my home I began entertaining and loved intermixing colors and patterns, to create a unique look. I inherited my grandparents Red Wing crocks and butter churns from the turn of the century. Mixing and cooking bowls came from each of my grandmothers when my mother was ready to part with them. Over the years I have picked up, perhaps, too many vases, pots, bowls, and dishes as I hunt and gather for my home and studio.
My current passion is small bowls that stack precariously in the cupboard 3-10 high and are used daily for all sorts of things.
Some of the pottery is artfully displayed — the cooking bowls are stacked in mild disarray on an open shelf.
A corner shelf holds the three Majolica Ware pieces that I own.
Our owners, Brent Heeb and Darwin Otto, show their personal style of collecting and merchandising at Stars Too. Their style is inspirational, their displays magical. Pottery is displayed on ledges, tabletops, open shelves and behind closed cupboard doors.
Dealer #2 at Stars features a wealth of contemporary white pottery with a few vintage pieces mixed in to anchor her space.
Dealer #27 at Stars shows a number of collectible pieces of earthenware, crocks, and bowls in vignettes in every color imaginable.
Across the street at Stars and Splendid, along the back wall of the store, is Dealer #118 who sells nothing but pottery, earthenware, and china!
From canisters, plates and vases, to studio pottery and recognizable collectibles, the form and function of pottery pieces have their place working daily in our homes and workplaces.
Find pottery treasures of your own at all three Stars shops from 11am to 6pm daily.
Stars Antiques: 7027 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 239-0346
Stars & Splendid: 7030 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (503) 235-5990
Stars Too: 7011 SE Milwaukie Ave Portland, OR Ph: (971) 373-8067