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I love dishes, and I continue to haunt thrift stores, estate sales, and other places where vintage china, dinnerware and glassware are to be found.

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Found: Hartstone Pottery Dinnerware Accessory

Hartstone Pottery Cheyenne stoneware

I added a candle holder in the Cheyenne pattern by Hartstone to my collection this week. I was almost jumping when I saw it on the thrift store shelf.

Hartstone Pottery is heavy, durable stoneware, made in the USA. You never know what you will find on a day of thrift store shopping.

I was glad to be able to rescue this piece before they came through with the recycle barrel.

Hartstone markings are not always obvious to those who are not familiar with this dinnerware. I’ve bought their stoneware for many years now, and I’ve taken the factory tour. . . . → Read More: Found: Hartstone Pottery Dinnerware Accessory

China Coffee Mugs | Java in Style

If you’re a coffee drinker, can you ever have too many china coffee mugs? I’m thinking about the stoneware kind, though there are lots of other kinds to use, to enjoy your cup of Joe.

I like tea and coffee. It depends on the menu, and the situation. Yesterday was National Coffee Day, but who needs an excuse to get out favorite coffee mugs and have another cup!

A Gallery of Coffee Mugs

Photos left to right, first the top row, then the lower row.

Taylor and Ng cats mug, vintage 1970s. They made many different patterns, usually signed in . . . → Read More: China Coffee Mugs | Java in Style

Vintage Mikasa Serves Comfort Food

vintage Mikasa Potters Art

Retro style Mikasa dinnerware from the 1970s is another one of my favorites. particularly the Potters Art stoneware china line.

I’ve written about Mikasa Potters Art before. This dinnerware line includes patterns that were designed by Ben Seibel, a well-known designer in the mid-20th century.

Mikasa brought out these dishes in the 1970s and into the 1980s. It is heavy, substantial stoneware, and was made in Japan.

It harmonized well with the handmade/handcrafted home design trend that was popular then — a trend that is coming back now in a different way.

By the mid-1980s, glaze designs on Potters . . . → Read More: Vintage Mikasa Serves Comfort Food

Vintage Pfaltzgraff Piggin Shape | Wall Pocket

Yorktowne china piggin Pfaltzgraff

Pfaltzgraff is one my favorite dinnerware brands. And, finding unusual dinnerware and tableware pieces is part of the fun of scouting for dishes.

It took me a while to identify this unmarked piece. I could tell by the glaze that it was probably a piece of Yorktowne by Pfaltzgraff. But what?

Solving the mystery is also part of the challenge.

Then I stumbled upon the shape while looking through a listing in Pfaltzgraff’s Gourmet Brown pattern. And that led to another question: What is a piggin?

One good search leads to another. A piggin is a small bucket, with one . . . → Read More: Vintage Pfaltzgraff Piggin Shape | Wall Pocket

Use Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware for Traditional Table Setting Ideas

Pfaltzgraff Tea Rose canister

Think of New England, Early American or traditional design, and your mind can easily conjure an image of a comfortable home with rooms filled with folk art and rustic antiques from more than 200 years ago.

This look is not for everyone, but for those who own homes that fit this style, setting a traditional table with the right china and stoneware can add a special touch to your family get-togethers and events.

Pfaltzgraff has been called “America’s potter” because the company has a long history. Five generations of family ownership over more than 150 years saw the company . . . → Read More: Use Pfaltzgraff Dinnerware for Traditional Table Setting Ideas

Rustic Dinnerware: 1970s Classic Stoneware

Midwinter vintage china sun moon

We’ve got a definite weak spot for 1970s dinnerware we find in our travels, especially the stoneware.

Patterns from Midwinter, Mikasa and even Noritake go great with table settings based on the days when vintage was new: back to the land, Earth Day, Earth Shoe and The Mother Earth News.

Midwinter’s series of patterns – Sun, Moon and Earth – go literally with the environmental themes of the day, themes that are coming back around for another view, and revival, in our times.

The cups shown are Sun and Moon. We haven’t found Earth yet, but the bands are brown. . . . → Read More: Rustic Dinnerware: 1970s Classic Stoneware

Pfaltzgraff Love: Tips to Complete Your Dinnerware Collection

Detail Valley View Pfaltzgraff dinnerware

Pfaltzgraff china fans are passionate. They love their dinnerware patterns. Dish lovers of all kinds understand when Pfaltzgraff owners change out their kitchen cabinets, bringing in their spring, summer, fall or winter china patterns when the season change, like the rest of us ordinary folks change our clothes closets.

Dishies understand, too, about owning several sets of china.

Some Pfaltzgraff lovers have decorated their kitchens with their special patterns, right down to the rugs, the breadbox and the light switch plates.

People who enjoy Pfaltzgraff appreciate the classic patterns and sturdy manufacture of the stoneware. This china was American made . . . → Read More: Pfaltzgraff Love: Tips to Complete Your Dinnerware Collection

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