I hope everyone had a great Christmas and a happy New year!
The past few weeks since Christmas have been really crazy for me. We moved to a new house and we am still unpacking everything. Tanya is about to kill me because there is tile everywhere!! We FINALLY bought a refrigerator and it has a "space age" look to it--very large and shiny black with a digital readout on the front---so I decided to name it Darth Vader and believe me that the name is VERY appropriate :-)
On Monday, Tanya and I, along with the BOSS of the 4th Street antique mall (Marty Watt) made a trip down to the LA area to deliver some items and pick up a few items. While we were there, we visited some shops on Ventura Blvd right off the 101. The first shop was too fancy for me, so we traveled down the road about 1 mile and found a great antique shop where I found two great Garden City hand thrown pieces. The bowl has a nice spaceship look to it, and the large orange vase has a great classic shape. Also during my trip, I picked up a very nice drink stand with the ship tile in it made by D&M.
The table pictured below came to me from Oregon--Thank you Lori!!! It is a nice end table for the couch and has a Taylor parrot set in it. The tiles are minty and even the grout still has its original color. The magazine rack under the top makes this table very nice and usable. This was Tanya's birthday present!
On Wed, I picked up this little table from a shop in Paso Robles. I seem to always find a tile table when I visit that area. This table has Tudor tiles in it. I like the color combo a lot and it looks really nice.
I also picked this tile table up at my shop this week. The tiles in this one are also made by Tudor. This tile patterns can come in at least 3 color combinations. What is interesting about the base is that it has veneer on it and most do not have that.
While in Cambria, I found this very unusual cigar ash tray. It has a nice Uranium orange glaze and is made be Redwing. I have never seen a piece of pottery by Redwing with this glaze before. The tray is very large and will look great sitting on my coffee table with candy in it!
My friends Carlo and Patty from Oregon came to visit us at the shop and drop of another load of great furniture for their booth. When they were back east on a buying trip, they picked up these tiles for me. They are majolica glazed, and are produced by a company called Robertson. I have not heard of them, but most likely they are not a California company.