Here’s a look at ten of my favorite pieces from my online store. They range from whimsical to historical to bold and beautiful.

Each of these pieces was available in my online store when I hit the “publish” button.

“What Big Teeth You Have” Shard

I’m not sure which I like better from this fairy tale porcelain — the wolf dressed as grandmother OR the phrase “But Grandmother what big teeth you have.”

1800s Polychromed Pitcher Shard

The Egyptians developed the earliest techniques for adding a lustre finish to pottery. In the 1800s, the English took it to new levels with examples like these pieces from an antique pitcher. The colors are unique and distinque.

Vintage Portrait Plate Shards

Portrait plates offer a peek at the styles of bygone days. I’m especially fond of the Lady in Red from 1904 and the mother-daughter image from a vintage jug.

Vintage Dragonware Shards

The application of “slip” clay gives dragonware or Miyagiware a notable three-dimensional character… plus, the dragon is just plain cool.

Vintage Mintons Plate Shards

Mintons has been making fine china since 1793, and this example from the early 1900s gives us a look at the their detailed hand-tinting and its dramatic affect.

Antique Transferware

The technology behind transferware revolutionized the porcelain industry in 1756. The “new” method replaced hand painting and was among the first successful forms of mass production, as well, provided one of the first jobs for women in industrialized England (they had the tedious task of applying image-printed tissue onto blank dishes. As techniques developed, so did the popularity of new patterns and colors.

German Presentation Cup Shards

These beauties hearken back to a time when women from formal households would send highly decorated mugs to gentlemen they would like to have call on them (usually only after her father had reviewed his suitability). The colorful, three-dimensional mug were also popular gifts to give fathers and other male relatives and might include an endearment written on the site like, “remember the giver,” or “dearest.”

Specialty Pieces

And I certainly can’t resist showing of these… two of my favorites! One comes off a hand painted Debham Pottery plate with their signature rabbit design. The other comes from a French series with charmingly rotund monks drinking various ales and beers.