News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - Yellowware Hunting: No License Required To Enjoy This Fun Hobby Combining Recycling & Decorating Cost Effectively!
One thing most friends agree on is that it is difficult to find a fun, low cost event that allows them to spend leisure time with their friends. We highly recommend a day with a friend be spent scouring antique malls!
You don’t have to spend any money at all touring local antique co-ops. Keep your eyes open & your camera handy. Take advantage of the really great decorating ideas presented by the dealers!
When you do have money to spend it gets better when you find a piece you can both decorate with & is a useful item too.
When our site An American Antique Adventure was started we made one very firm decision...we would never buy an item we wouldn’t be proud to show in our own home.
We also attempt to buy only items that can actually be used or that can be used to decorate with. We don’t like things that just get stored in a drawer.
While we would like to present other ideas in the future, this article will deal with collecting Yellowware bowls like Grandma used in her country kitchen.
You may be asking: “How do I know what to look for when collecting Yellowware?” What follows is a little advice on starting a collection of Yellowware.
Rule-#-one is education. If you have an hour just one day, go to a book store with a small notebook. Pick up a price guide & a cup of coffee. Make a few notes & put them in your car.
Some brief notes from me to start you off:
1. Yellowware is defined by color. Originally from England. Potteries were in Vermont, NY, NJ, Pennsylvania, Maryland & Ohio in 1870.
2. Yellowware was thrown on potter’s wheels. Handles generally applied.
3. Utilitarian pieces included bowls, mugs, pitchers.
4. Exotic “end-of-day pieces” were created by potters for personal use or gifts. These were made using leftover clay “at the end of the day”.
5. After some research head out! Now that you are in shops pick up pieces & examine the yellowware closely for chips & hairlines. Crazing (cracking in the glaze) occurs from exposure to hot/cold temperatures & to me crazing is not a deterrant. When I look at crazing I see a bowl that Grandma beat her biscuits in. Moderate crazing is expected.
Each time you get to visit a shop, take your notebook in, make some notes about prices seen, condition & the booth number of those you want to revisit. I event make notes about the shops & employees. Put the notes back in your car!
Try to always choose the best piece you can afford. Pursue quality NOT quantity! Resist urges to purchase chips & hairlines no matter the price!
When you are not sure a piece is being presented honestly.or if there’s damage to the item please “Move away from the damaged item!”