Ephraim Faience Pottery was founded in 1996 in Deerfield, Wisconsin, United States by Kevin Hicks and two partners who have since left the organization. The company has since moved to Lake Mills, Wisconsin. The company produces art pottery in the tradition of the Arts and Crafts Movement with matte glazes over sculpted earthenware in editions of no more than 500 pieces. While they primarily produce vases, they also make bowls, candleholders, pitchers, lidded boxes and lanterns. In the early years, the company also produced tiles and sculpted paperweights. A typical Ephraim Faience vase is finished in a matte green background color with sculpted decorative plant or animal life added.
I’m searching for a mexican pottery mug. Do you know where I can purchase one?
I found one on ebay its called a VINTAGE REDWARE MEXICAN POTTERY CUP MUG GREEN &TAN. but I’d like a set. Any help would be appreciated.
Does it have to actually be from Mexico? If not, my friend specializes in mexican style ceramics. She doesn’t have any mugs at the moment, but she takes custom orders, and will work with you on both price and design. http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5604049
I have set of her skull wall sconces. With a candle burning in them, they look kick @ss. If you’re interested, but don’t want to join etsy, you can email me, and I’ll put you in touch with her.
Greg Shooner Redware bank at Sharon Renninger’s Gatherings
I was wondering what the blue flower was on many Delft plates, pitchers etc. Is is a real flower or is it art?
I can not find mention on any site of a specific name of a flower. It is described as being decorative,stylized floral Decorations.
I think that the true answer would be that they most likely drew their inspirations from many flowers native to their homeland
(Tulips,cornflowers etc.) and from the images they saw on other artworks that they were infatuated with. Primarily with those of the Chinese and Italian.
The famous blue-and-white pattern inspired by Chinese porcelain, Delftware, is commonly identified with The Netherlands, however, neither the pottery patterns, nor the original potters were native to Holland.In the 16 century, Italian potters emigrated to Belgium to escape religious persecution and later moved north to Rotterdam and Haarlem. By the mid-17th century, the town of Delft was firmly established as a pottery center. http://www.theculturedtraveler.com/Archives/Mar2003/Delft.htm
I have given you the research that I have been able to find and look through.
The School of Delft –
http://www.essentialvermeer.com/delft_school_fakes/school_of_delft_one.html The production of world renowned Delftware porcelain reached its apex in the later years of Vermeer’s life time.
Native flowers of Holland on next sites.
I hope this helped.
Antique Pair of Dutch blue and white Delft porcelain wall
Pigeon Forge has a lot to offer when it comes to activities and area attractions. It also houses a lot of budget friendly hotels.
Pigeon Forge is one among the many well loved vacation destinations in the US. Aside from the shows it is famous for, nature parks and historical sights abound in this region. For families, couples and groups traveling to Pigeon Forge, getting into cheap but high quality service hotels is a tough task to pursue.
Amidst the cheap rates, you will know if a hotel is perfect for you with the facilities and amenities offered. Aside from that, you should also check on the area attractions and activities you and your family can take part in. After all, most of the time, you will be out of your hotel room and enjoying the great outdoors of Pigeon Forge.
Here are some of the budget friendly hotels in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee:
Comfort Suites Pigeon Forge
This is a first class hotel situated among the Great Smoky Mountains. It can provide all the comforts of a hotel and exciting nature settings and views. It is very near the acclaimed Great Smoky Mountains National Park in historic Sevierville.
Aside from the 3 outlet malls nearby, there are also 3 dinner theaters and several entertainment venues. When traveling, you have the option of renting a car of by riding their local trolley which connects to Gatlinburg and Dollywood. Their rooms are noted for its cleanliness, comfort and spaciousness.
Some of the facilities and amenities include a sauna, fitness center, spa and pool. They also provide non-smoking rooms. You can get rooms that have either mountain or hillside views. The rooms also have complimentary hi-speed Internet, Cable TV, free local calls, as well as a microwave, refrigerator, clock radio and a coffee maker. You can also add cookware, hairdryers, iron with ironing boards, sofa bed and jetted tubs.
Hotel Pigeon Forge
This hotel is previously known as Laurel Grove Inn and Suites. It is situated on Pigeon Forge’s Theater District, along the central parkways. It is near attractions and establishments like Dollywood, Country Tonite Theater, NASCAR Speedpark, and Dixie Stampede among others.
Their standard rooms are guaranteed with coffee makers, hair dryers and iron with ironing boards. They also provide complimentary breakfast, internet access, local calls and lobby newspapers. Standard rooms can accommodate up to 4 people with 2 double beds or 1 king bed.
This Howard Johnson Inn is ideal for couples, groups and families planning to tour the acclaimed Smoky Mountains. It is situated within the central part of the town and near the popular Red Roof Mall. You are guaranteed to be near local attractions and activities.
Area attractions include Dollywood. It is a large amusement and theme park operated by none other than the legendary Dolly Parton herself. Aside from Dollywood, she is also the operator of Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show which features a 4-course meal with dancers and singers. Another attraction nearby is Elwood Smooch’s Old Smoky Hoedown Country Music and Bluegrass Show and the Smoky Mountain Storytelling Festival.
Guests are provided with a refrigerator, microwave oven, tea/coffee maker, hair dryer and iron with ironing boards. You can get 1 king bed or 2 queen beds. Moreover, complimentary wireless internet, voicemail, local calls, satellite/cable TV, sofa bed and an air conditioner are standard in every room.
The Witches’ Market: Spells, Amulets, Charms and Dried Llama Fetuses!
Location: La Paz, Bolivia – El Mercado de las Brujas/Mercado de Hechiceria (Witches’ Market) Street Location: Calle Linares, between Calle Sagarnaga and Santa Cruz
“Son para dinero y trabajo,” the plump little witch raises the talismans to eye level. “Con estos tu tendras buena suerte.”
Magic talismans for money and jobs? Do they work? Of course not, but I need all the luck I can get, so I purchase the talismans for five Bolivianos. Darn cheap if they’ll do as claimed. Depositing the new toys in my leather shoulder bag I continue down the street, with my wife teasing me to the tune of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” She says that I have the hat, jacket and bag similar to Indiana Jones’, but lack the bullwhip and gun. I left those in the States.
The cobbled street of Calle Linares hosts a crowded line of unusual stores collectively known as El Mercado de las Brujas, The Witches’ Market, located in downtown La Paz, and it sums up Bolivia’s strangeness quite well. Bolivia is where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and revolutionary Che Guevara all met their fate. This is where the British ambassador to Bolivia was strapped naked to a donkey, paraded around the capital, and forced to eat a huge quantity of chocolate after declining the local drink ‘chicha.’ This is where the original Garden of Eden is located (or so the locals colorfully exclaim). This is where the Salt Palace sits, a hotel made entirely of, well, salt. And this is where a young girl in Aymara dress, sitting amidst an array of several curiosities, offers my wife and I a dried llama fetus to protect our house against evil spirits. I nod my approval, Veronica makes a face and shakes her head.
“Por favor entren,” with a slight bow the girl opens her hands to the store’s entrance. “Hay muchas mas cosas adentro.”
The untidy place looks like something out of a horror movie. Mounted animal heads glare at me with unseeing eyes, feathers and potions adorn the tables, herbs spill from their dirty bags onto the wooden floor as a dog sniffs the powerful smells. I examine the items in no particular order as the girl offers them. For luck with a new business enterprise I can buy a llama fetus burnt on a plate of sweets and herbs – too big to pack. The love amulet is to get married – don’t need that one. An amulet of a naked couple embracing to improve the sex life – hhhmmmmm.
Dried frogs for more money, armadillos to prevent thieves from entering the house, love potions, magic charms, animal skins, medicines and remedies used in Aymara traditions are all for sale – what should I choose?
I notice a large collection of different colored candles. Intent upon making several sales the girl provides me with an explanation of their powers. They are made of animal wax and when burned release their magical properties. The blue candle is for good luck with work, yellow – health, green – money, purple – happiness, black wards off evil spirits, only to be used in a cemetery covered by night, white – protection…
With reverence I pull the black candle off its shelf . “Look at this Vero! This is what we need.”
“Hey Indiana,” she looks up from the naked couple amulet. “I don’t think so.”
Where did I leave my bullwhip?
If the black candle is going to cause problems a few talismans will have to do. I load up ten more in my shoulder bag, making sure that I include the toad talisman for good luck with money, and the deity talisman for buena suerte with jobs.
But do they actually work? Well, you’re reading this article.
About the Author
Thomas Carroll was born in California and now lives in Lima, Peru. He enjoys making money while traveling and shows others how to do it too on his website Lone Wolf Adventure: http://www.lonewolfadventure.net
The Worst Witch – S01E13 – A Bolt from the Blue – Part 1