// words and pictures by Irene Hoofs
I have always been attracted to vintage ceramics.
grail. Ignoring raised eyebrows and funny looks while
It combines all the things I like about design: prints,
turning and examining every piece of ceramics, hoping
colours, illustrations and functionality. Not that I
to spot that cherished mark or logo!
know much about the technique used in producing tableware, porcelain or ceramics in general. My only criteria is whether I think a particular piece is beautiful!
Once you start searching
The variety in vintage ceramics is overwhelming, and
for ceramics it is easy to
Figgjo was founded in 1941, and is located in
name ‘ceramics’ for all items made out of clay (or similar
Figgjo, near Stavanger, on the west coast of Norway. Figgjo’s delicately illustrated ceramics are characterized by the stories they tell. Collections have names as Saga, Viking, Lotte, Daisy and Corsica. When you put Figgjo on the dinner table your guests will never lacking in conversation and the illustrations really fire up the imagination. The colorful designs just put me in a good mood, thinking of a spring picnic or summer garden party.
the jargon can be confusing. I simply use the generic materials, if that is even possible). My own collection of
get lost, it is a collectors’ heaven for sure.
vintage ceramics started out rather modest, consisting only of a few pieces I found at flea markets and garage sales on trips back to the Netherlands. But over the
Scandinavian and Dutch pieces are my true passion,
past few years, these humble beginnings are indeed
so naturally my focus has been on designs from these
a thing of the past and I am proud to say that I have
regions. And the images you see in this Gazette are
managed to collect (or amass one might say) some
from my Nordic collection. Vintage ceramics are great
pieces to add to your home to give the decor a personal and unique touch, creating your own personal
Some of my new vintage finds from the Netherlands
museum. One iconic piece mixed in with some more
(including the ones shown here) are on sale in Bloesem
modern pieces can make a world of difference. Use
Shop, if I can tempt you to drop by and have a look!
beautifully illustrated ceramics as centerpieces for
Truth be told, collecting genuine vintage ceramics
your table, to give a little life and character to the
requires quite a bit of luck and persistence, in addition
space. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes
to a skilful eye. A collector-to-be must have a knack for
to the world of ceramics. There are so many beautiful
patiently and relentlessly browsing
designs out there I just know you will have a great time
through thrift stores in search of the holy (ceramic)
looking out for the perfect ones!