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February 19, 2011

Dave’s Fabulous Asian Inspired Mid-Century Pottery Finds

By RetroRuth

I recently got this fantastic email from Dave with pictures of his great weekend finds.  My favorite is the little Asian girl in her red dress. So pretty!

Hi Ruth,

Over time I’ve been building my modest Mid Century Modern collection and now with the majority of the big pieces bought it’s time to start accessorizing. I went out this past weekend with the idea of finding orange. Orange is going to be the splash color in my mostly earth tone decor.


My first stop was a local variety/thrift store that usually doesn’t have much. Today I found a Treasure Craft ashtray from 1961. In excellent shape, the green ashtray became mine for only $4.00


Second stop: Goodwill. After I put back a blue Voit SCUBA mask that looked just like the one James Bond wore in Thunderball (for only $1.99) and headed for the door, a flash of orange peeking out from under a stack of blah caught my eye. Holy cow! It’s a Marcia – Calif USA chip and dip. Noticing a little bit of fairly well repaired damage negotiations ensued. I walked with the chip and dip for $3.99.


Last stop: a church based thrift store that usually has at least one thing I can’t live without. Last time I was there I found a Slazenger 1 golf ball. Evil bad guy, Goldfinger played a round of golf with "Bond, James Bond" in the movie Goldfinger. He used a Slazenger 1. Is it possible I have a James Bond thing going on too? Anyway, today I’m poking around and I find her. She, the first statuette in my collection. She, the wearer of the orange kimono. She, the girl with the broken neck.


Yeah, I know. Broken ceramics are worthless. But she had a pretty good surgeon and I bet you can’t see her scars in the picture. A little touching up and she’ll look fabulous on a bottom shelf.

To me broken ceramics are kind of like animals at the shelter. Sure, anyone can go to the pet store and buy a new miniature schnauzer, but both of mine were rescues that might have ended up orphans. Ceramics are like that. It’s the broken ones that really need a good home. My little orange geisha deserved a home and for $2.50 I couldn’t stand to see her orphaned.

I don’t know anything about this Asian inspired bowl, but it came from the same store as orange geisha lady and was only $2.50. If it looks familiar to you please tell me what you know.


One weekend and $13.00 later I have begun accessorizing. The two pieces with orange were also two pieces that (with their damage) needed a good home, a piece of Treasure Craft and the unknown bowl. I thought it was a pretty good weekend.


Great finds, Dave! Especially the Geisha girl and the California pottery chip and dip bowl.  I know what you mean about giving broken ceramics a home.  I have an enormous collection of Harlequin, and have long since stopped buying high-priced pieces because I just don’t have the room for them.  However, I buy every single piece cheap, broken piece I see so that I can “give it a good home” with my Harlequin.  And do you know what?  The little chipped/cracked pieces are GREAT for display, and no worries about them getting broken!

As for the little bowl, I am not sure of the maker. Readers, any ideas?

Thanks for sharing with us!

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2 Responses to Dave’s Fabulous Asian Inspired Mid-Century Pottery Finds

  1. Sara in AZ Reply

    February 19, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Really great finds Dave! I especially love the Geisha girl too, thanks for rescuing her. I am totally clueless on that bowl though.

  2. sablemable Reply

    February 19, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaave! You’re like me; I have to have everything needed before I begin decorating, LOL!

    Good job on the finds! Loving all of the ashtrays, et al!

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