Glass & Pottery
These next pages will deal with some of the pottery and glass
I have in the shop. Please be aware that, as always, these items are
available for purchase in my shop too, not just on the website.
First, a word about 'Vaseline Glass.' Depression-green
glass is NOT Vaseline glass, whatever you may be told in any antique shop.
The term 'Vaseline' refers to a color, (not the property of glowing brightly when
exposed to black light;) and that color is the yellow, slightly tinged with
green, of the old petroleum jelly. Depression-green glass is simply that;
depression green glass. Yes, it glows in a black light; so do some kinds
of red glass, blue glass, and other colors of glass, but the only ones that are
Vaseline are the yellow ones that turn an electric, slightly greenish bright
yellow under a black light. The presence of depleted uranium oxide
reacting to black light is what makes some of the old glass glow. This
material was present in many types and colors of both glass and pottery,
including the old Fiesta dinnerware by Homer Laughlin; most notoriously the
Cobalt Blue and Fiesta Red colors. The reason that I mention this is
because I want you to understand that when I present a piece of glass as
'depression-green,' it is exactly that, and yes it will glow in a black light.
On the other hand, if I present a piece as 'Vaseline,' you can bet the house
that it is true Vaseline, not simple depression-green glass. My purpose is
to educate both buyer and seller on this point, so that buyers do not pay
'Vaseline' price for depression green glass, and so that sellers don't look
stupid by incorrectly marking their items.
My glassware is all genuine to the period I ascribe to it.
I do NOT deal in reproduction glassware, any more than I deal in any other sort
of reproduction antique or collectible. "Repops", as we in the business
call them, should be sold in discount stores only; not in antique shops or on
In pottery, as in all things, I like the more unusual rather
than the common, mundane items of no import. This is why McCoy pottery is
rarely featured, and only once in the greatest while will I show a piece of
Roseville; when I DO present them, you will be able to rest assured that you
will not be buying a reproduction. There will be the occasional piece that
I question by makers who did not mark their art pottery, and those questions
will be most clearly stated. I will never ascribe a maker to an unmarked
pottery piece if I am not able to document and prove my assertion. On
those items where I simply have NO idea who produced them, I am not in the least
embarrassed to say so. There will be those items that I acquired simply
because I thought them beautiful, and those I acquire because I have seen little
or nothing like them before. These items are for those who are more
knowledgeable than I in regards to the maker of the piece.
So have a look around, and remember that I am always
approachable to those with questions or comments, or those who are looking for
something specific that does not appear on my pages. Just because you
don't see it, it doesn't mean that I don't have it; and just because I don't
have it does not mean that I cannot make the effort to acquire it for you.