imageA rather moody photo in my white bathroom.  A distressed white antique mirror and shelf.  The shelf holding some of my white American pottery collection.  You have seen the chandelier in my post on chandeliers.

I started collecting white American pottery several years when I saw a collection that friends of mine had in their cabin in Indiana (I also have a collection of green pieces, of course, I do, you by now know it is my MOST favorite color!).  The pieces pictured above are not miniatures but mid-sized.  I have a collection of mirrors in the room (I posted that story previously) and I also have shelves anywhere I can hang or find a space for them for storage and/or display.  Many were made for me by a friend and others I have collected over the years, yes, you guessed it, at the Randolph Street Market


Some of my white pottery collection is McCoy, some Hull, and others are marked USA, they come from potteries all over Ohio.  Many of the “big” names in pottery such as Roseville, Weller, and Rookwood are from Ohio as well.  I don’t pretend to be an expert and have purchased my pieces from many sources at many different price points because I liked them and because the larger pieces (I do have some bigger ones) took up too much space and space is at a premium in my home.  The miniatures have been collected over many years and are on a three tier vintage hanging shelf behind the door in the bathroom…a fun surprise when you peek behind the door. My two favorites and probably the most costly are the two center front on the bottom shelf….love them.  Most, as you can see are urn-shaped.  All are about 1 1/2 inches to 2 inches in height.


imageI also think the two little jugs are charming.




A comment…..I don’t collect items that I think will increase in value, rather I collect things that bring me pleasure and I find collecting, (always have), fun, entertaining and joyful.  I like my possessions but don’t feel possessed by them.  I also love looking for things for my friends that will fill their collections.  The most important thing is to collect what you like, use it, enjoy it, share it….that is the Ivon way of collecting, what is yours??!!

There are many, many books on Ohio pottery, find one that works for you if you now have pieces or you want to begin your new collection.

All photos taken by me on my iPhone.

A couple of organizations that might be of interest….


  1. Sally Schwartz May 11, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    Nena, you have the right attitude about collecting, with art or pottery or any passion, it’s about the thrill of the hunt and what brings pleasure to the eye. Well done as always!!

    • nenasnotes May 11, 2017 / 4:10 pm

      Thanks so much. If you don’t enjoy your treasures what is the point??!!

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