Sunday, February 1, 2009

Blue Monday - 2/2 Blue Ridge Pottery



Happy Blue Monday! I'm trying so hard to get this completed tonight. I have mounds of laundry to do tomorrow. Sigh, I would much rather play right here! My plan is to get up early, go over to Smiling Sally's and spend at least part of the morning checking out all of the Blue Monday entries.

Mr. Dumpling and I have collected Blue Ridge Pottery for many years. We haven't bought any pieces in quite a while but it's still some of my favorite pottery. I showed you a few pieces when we "plundered" in my kitchen cabinet a few weeks ago.




BUT those aren't blue are they? So let's move along!

Blue Ridge Pottery was handpainted China made from the late 1930's to mid 1950's. The factory was located in Erwin, TN. It was not expensive china. Some patterns were specifically made as grocery store china. Remember when you bought a certain amount of groceries and then could purchase the "dish of the week".



Mother purchased her set of Greenbriar from Safeway. I still have a few pieces. The platter isn't dirty I promise! That's just a lot of wear as these were our dishes for years.



The main part of our collection is in a china cabinet in my hall. This is right outside our bedroom so I pass it often. The cheerful painted pottery just makes me smile...and that's always a good thing!



One of my favorite patterns in Blue Ridge are the French Peasant pieces. These were most likely modeled after the Quimper patterns. These are among the most desired patterns.




I love my BR teapot with matching sugar and creamer. This was a real find as these are hard to find.




I love the shape of the handles don't you?


Here's a close up of the powder dish. I love this pattern!



I'll pull out a few more pieces for another Blue Monday. Come back and see my for Outdoor Wednesday. Our outdoor project is primed and ready to be painted. Yea!


24 comments:

Susan said... Best Blogger Tips

Love your Blue Ridge pottery collection and I think I like the french peasant best too!

I have laundry to get done tomorrow too!

Have a great Monday!

Susan

prof en retraite said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh...I rushed right over when I saw that you were posting your Blue Ridge! You know I like the peasant pattern best! It is just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing...Debbie

Mama said... Best Blogger Tips

Your Blue Ridge china is beautiful.
and I love your Quimper style peasant pieces, it is funny as another blogger friend has just posted about the town of Quimper, she lives in Brittany, so I just learnt all about Quimper and their china/pottery and looked at their on-line web-site. :-) I had never heard of it before, then see it mentioned twice in the same day, hugs, Kathy.

Blondie's Journal said... Best Blogger Tips

Judy,

I just love all of the pottery. You have quite a collection. I love the powder box...do you keep it in the china cabinet? By the way, you must have a large hall to keep a china cabinet in...wish I did. I don't have a formal dining room & I have been searching for a place to put a china cabinet.

Thanks for a wonderful Blue Monday post! I love seeing all your dish collections!! :-)

xoxo
Jane

The Quintessential Magpie said... Best Blogger Tips

Judy Bug, I'm laughing because I was going to post to you that you better be careful if Debbie sees the French Peasant, and I see that she says she rushed on over here! LOL! Debbie, it's my favorite, too! Thanks for sharing. This was very interesting and educational, not to mention NEAT china!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Cam said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the Powder dish too - Very nice collection!

xinex said... Best Blogger Tips

They might not be blue but your Blue Ridge pottery collection is gorgeous!. How colorful and love all the designs..Christine

carolinajewel said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great collection of Blue Ridge! Those colorful patterns do make you want to smile! Thanks for sharing your pretty things! :D Jewel

Mary said... Best Blogger Tips

I have never seen this pottery before and it's gorgeous! What a lovely collection and beautifully displayed.
I see that your retired and enjoying it...I retire in less than 2 years and can't wait!
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Heidi Pocketbook said... Best Blogger Tips

I wasn't familiar with Blue Ridge pottery until your post. I really enjoyed seeing it's beauty and learning about it.

Happy Blue Monday :-)

Kathleen Ellis said... Best Blogger Tips

What a beautiful collection of colorful pieces!
I love the tea pot set, too...so springy looking, too!
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a happy week!
;-D

Smilingsal said... Best Blogger Tips

You have some beautiful collections; I even like the green ones! But the Blue Ridge are extraordinary. Thanks for sharing. Happy Blue Monday!

White Iris Designs said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fab collection!! So many different styles & patterns.

Dixie's Whimsey said... Best Blogger Tips

Judy.. I haven't seen Blue Ridge Pottery in years... thanks for sharing yours. It's beautiful! Dixie

Happy To Be said... Best Blogger Tips

Love those dishes..WOW and I knew Debbie would be here...love your header picture..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Melissa Wertz said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful pottery! I love the Blue Ridge. Happy Blue Monday!

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh! I love it all, but the teapot and powder dish are my faves!
Enjoy your day!

kbbryant said... Best Blogger Tips

All your pottery is really fun. I recognize the Greenbriar as a pattern my MIL has. I'm especially attracted to the French peasant pieces you have.

Happy Laundry-ing.

Kathy b

ellen b. said... Best Blogger Tips

What fun designs on all these dishes. I really like them. Happy Blue Monday to you. I wonder if that laundry is done? :0)

Sweetie said... Best Blogger Tips

The Blue Ridge pottery collection is lovely. The China cabinet filled with your beautiful dishes is very elegant. Happy Blue Monday!
Sweetie

splummer said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi!
Beautiful Pottery!! I never heard of Blue Ridge Pottery, thanks for sharing! Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great evening!

Sherrie

tardevil said... Best Blogger Tips

I love your pottery collection, especially the boot & the china hutch is gorgeous! But my favorite is that green glassware. I collect it, so it is yummy to me!! :O)

Nanna said... Best Blogger Tips

Love your post ohh how I love dishes lol, the pink ones in your header I've been wanting for a long time, I have a set in the blue, happy blue Monday!
Helen

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

Your china is delightful, so pretty and graceful.