Thanks for popping in. Friday’s blog a private peek, right? Well, how about a little looksie in our old German dresser? It has pride of place in our kitchen. Nothing valuable per se – but oh! This old dresser has been around the houses, I can tell you!
I bought it back when I was living in Nürnberg in the 80’s, from an antiques dealer in Fürth. It was the first piece of ‘proper’ furniture I invested in, having settled for IKEA flatpack stuff until then. It has been to California and back with me, it has survived kids, dogs, cats, floods and multiple moves – and it is still such a pretty, old, well-loved pine piece!
Let’s move in a little closer, shall we?
There are the kids! On the top shelf there’s a lovely porcelain tea set. Serenity it’s called. And a Cornish piece of pottery from sister-in-law Barb. Can you see the little card peeping out ? Ahhh. Do you hang on to all the little notes from your kids? I do. Those 2 magnificent coffee cups on the lower shelf are French. They were a gift to me from friends in Aix-en-Provence, when I stayed with them back in the 80’s.
And what can we see through the left window? Ah yes. A wonderful old Mocha coffee set from my German Oma. The glass pudding dishes on the lower level are from her too. We really ought to use them again. I just worry about breaking them…
And the middle window?
Well, there’s Dave and myself on our wedding day. And there’s a very nice Rosenthal antique bowl with a lid at the back. And a very modern Rosenthal vase behind the photo. (I always liked Rosenthal when I lived in Germany). Nothing goes together, but the memories are far more important then style. Spot the tiny walnut basket! Maggie Craner‘s daughter Rebecca made that!
My most precious thing here is that old sugar bowl with the orange knob. It was my Oma’s. I guess I value these things immensely, because I remember how very little the family actually had in Post-War Germany. They had fled from East Germany and left everything. EVERYTHING except the clothes on their backs. So I know how prized these things of no real value were to them when they started to rebuild their lives and their home.
Now what is this on the lower shelf that I do spy? Could that be Potty Barbie again? Oh yes! I tried my hand at throwing porcelain – and it is currently my most favourite thing to do!!
I wedged some grog into the porcelain, which is like very fine black grit – hence the speckles. Clear glaze on the inside only.
LOVE THIS LOOK AND FEEL!!
I cannot wait till the wheel is installed downstairs here, below the SHAC-Shack! I can almost taste it!!! Have already got the porcelain, but must buy some grog. I would like to try and make a set of 4 soup bowls the same. Now there’s a challenge! None of the ones here are even remotely similar!!
So there you have it. A little peep into an old dresser, filled with love and memories of the past, of wonderful people and beautiful German ceramics. Nothing of any great value, everything of immense value to me.
Nothing and everything.
Love and Hugs