Category Archives: Christmas Gifts

Unique Holiday Shopping at Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market

Red Wing Pottery, c.1938-45 8.5″ Pair of Art Deco Inspired Candleholders in Coral, mold # 981, $125.00 pair SOLD

It is that time of year again and Billy Blue Eye has left no rock unturned to find some creative, unusual and of course beautiful ceramics perfectly suited for Holiday gift giving. Be the first to see our 2012 discoveries on Sunday, November 18th at the Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market.

Beswick Pottery of England, c.1938-54 Designed by Mr. Symcox in 1938, 9″ x 6.5″ Art Deco Candy Dish/Tray, mold # 627, $85.00 SOLD

The Long Beach Antique Market  is held in the Veteran’s Stadium parking lot just off Lakewood Boulevard at Conant Street and is open from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Visit the Long Beach Antique Market website for a discount entrance fee coupon.  Billy Blue Eye Pottery is located in space # A-853.  Look for our familiar green and white tent. We will have over 225 ceramic and stoneware items available and we offer free gift boxes and a liberal exchange policy.

It is hard to believe that here we are once again approaching the holiday season. Each one of us at Billy Blue Eye wish to thank all of our loyal collectors and friends for making our job so enjoyable. We sincerely appreciate your business and wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Leave a comment

Filed under Antique Market, Antique Shows, Art Deco, Beswick Pottery, Christmas Gifts, Collectibles, Holiday Traditions, Recommendations, Red Wing Pottery

Last Minute Gift Ideas – Order by Thursday 12/22 for Christmas Delivery

We all have done it, in fact I am guilty of doing it this year. And what is this horrible disaster in-the-making event? Well it’s waiting until the last few days before Christmas (or until the second day of Chanukah)  to begin your Holiday gift shopping.

Never fear, Billy Blue Eye is here! We have plenty of great gift ideas for all budgets and will get your selections gift boxed and shipped in time to arrive before Christmas if you order before noon on Thursday, December 22nd.

Weller Pottery, c.1920’s “White and Decorated Hudson” 8.5″ Hand-painted Cylindrical Vase, $295.00 SOLD!

If you do not see what you are looking for on our website, e-mail or call us and we can send you photos of items that are available but are not pictured online.

You can place an order by calling us direct at 949-496-1889 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Pacific Time, and we accept Master Card, Visa or Pay Pal. We will ship all orders over $200.00  for free using USPS  Insured Priority Mail and offer a full refund (less return shipping charges) if you are not 100% completely satisfied.

So what are you waiting for? As of this moment you have three days and eleven and one-half hours until Santa’s sled takes flight. Give us a call and let Billy Blue Eye find that special gift for that special someone.

Rum Rill Pottery (Red Wing) c. 1930’s 7.75″ Jug Candle Holder/ Sconce, front view, $100.00 Rare find! SOLD

Rum Rill Pottery (Red Wing) c. 1930’s 7.75″ Jug Candle Holder/ Sconce, rear view, $100.00 Rare find! SOLD

Leave a comment

Filed under Christmas Gifts, Collectibles, Recommendations, Red Wing Pottery, Weller Pottery

Great Holiday Gifts at the Long Beach Antique Market Sunday, December 18th

We invite you to join us in a year-end celebration and sale at the Long Beach Antique Market this Sunday, December 18th.  All of us at Billy Blue Eye are most thankful to our faithful clients, collectors and friends that have helped to make this a terrific year.

Rum Rill (Red Wing) Pottery, c.1930’s 7″ Dutch Blue Stippled Vase, Mold #630, $115.00 SOLD

We began 2011 by setting up a  booth for the first time at the Del Mar Antique Show & Sale held on the beautiful Del Mar Fairgrounds. The three day event introduced us to our neighbors to the south in San Diego County and we are hopeful to include another visit  in our 2012 show schedule.

We also enjoyed the relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the spring and fall Whittier Street Fairs where we found that the love of antiques runs strong in that historic city. We set up shop at the Rose Bowl in July for the first time and were amazed at the sheer size of it all; so much to see, so many people to meet and yes so little time to shop.

“Hawaiian Hut” An Original Watercolor by James Coleman, c. 1980’s, $2,899.00

We became a “regular” vendor at the “best little Flea Market in Orange County” held in Tustin on the fourth Sunday of the month where we reconnected with some of our OC clients and of course we faithfully pitched the familiar green and white tent at the Long Beach Antique Market the third Sunday of every month.

“Hawaiian Hut” Original Watercolor by James Colemen – Close-Up View

The Long Beach show held at Veteran’s Stadium just off Lakewood Boulevard at Conant Street is open from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM. (Visit the Long Beach Antique Market website for a discount entrance fee coupon.)  Each month we look forward to this event as it is our “favorite” show not only for the quality and quantity of great antiques and collectibles but more importantly because of the terrific people we have met and we look forward to see each time that we are there.

Beswick Pottery of England, c.1934-40 by Mr. Symcox in 1934 6.25″ Drip Glaze Bud Vase, # 193, $80.00 SOLD

So please join us at this last Long Beach show of 2011 as we celebrate the Holiday Season by bringing out our very best original artwork, ceramic and stoneware items many from our personal collections and available for a limited time only. You will find beautiful, unique gifts for that special someone at all price points. Maybe you’ll even be tempted to treat yourself to that Van Briggle vase you’ve been dreaming about. We offer a liberal exchange policy so just in case Aunt Lisa doesn’t share the same enthusiasm you have for mid-century design she’ll be able to select another ceramic turtle to add to her brood.

Red Wing Pottery, c.1950’s 10.5″ Hand painted “Accordion Man” by Belle Kogan, # B1417, $150.00 SOLD

We wish to take this opportunity to offer a sincere, heartfelt thank you to you our readers, collectors and friends for trusting us and for shopping with us when one has so many options be it virtual or brick and mortar storefronts. We wish each of you a Happy Chanukah, the Merriest of Christmases and a New Year filled with the happiness of a life filled with love, kindness and peace.

Leave a comment

Filed under Antique Market, Arts, Beswick Pottery, Christmas Gifts, Holiday Traditions, Recommendations, Red Wing Pottery

Special Holiday Flea Market in Tustin – Sunday, December 4th

A special Holiday Flea Market will be held on Sunday, December 4th in Olde Towne Tustin, California, a.k.a. The Jamestown Vintage Flea Market. 50 plus vendors set up shop at 474 El Camino Real, Tustin from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM, free admission. Be sure to stop by and see why the Orange Coast magazine named it in their “101 Favorite Things – the Best of 2011” issue.

Orange Coast Magazine, July 2011, "Best of 2011" Issue, page 89

Billy Blue Eye will be offering selections from all of your favorite pottery companies including Rookwood, Roseville, McCoy, Weller, Van Briggle, Red Wing, Beswick and many more.  We offer a wonderful selection of gift items and even have a liberal exchange for credit  plan just in case that gift purchase is not quite right. We hope to see you there!

Brush McCoy Pottery, c. late 1940's - 1950, 8.25" Blended Glaze Footed Vase, Mold # 595, $ 68.00 SOLD

Leave a comment

Filed under Antique Market, Christmas Gifts, Collectibles, Holiday Traditions, McCoy, Recommendations, Red Wing Pottery, Rookwood Pottery, Roseville Pottery, Van Briggle Pottery, Weller Pottery

Olde Towne Tustin Flea Market – November 27th

We wish to thank the loyal customers of Billy Blue Eye who braved the rain, cold and wind in Long Beach last Sunday, November 20th.  A special thank you to Heather & Bryan, Ron, Lori, Scott, Marty & Al, Bill and Darren for their kind business and support. In the spirit of Thanksgiving we are thankful for  all of those that we are able to serve.

Roseville Pottery, c.1948, “Apple Blossom”, 9″ Window Box, Mold # 368-8, $295.00 SOLD

On this busy holiday shopping weekend we hope you can join us this Sunday, November 27th at the Tustin Flea Market in Olde Towne Tustin, California, a.k.a. The Jamestown Vintage Flea Market. 60 plus vendors set up shop at 474 El Camino Real, Tustin from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM, free admission.  Billy Blue Eye is in space #45.

Roseville Pottery, c.1946, “Zephyr Lily”, 9″ Window Box, Mold # 1398-8, $275.00 SOLD

We will be offering many newly acquired items from all of your favorite pottery companies including Roseville, Van Briggle, Red Wing, McCoy, Weller, Rookwood, Gladding McBean Catalina,  and many more. Be sure to stop by and let us assist you in finding that perfect gift for all of your holiday shopping needs. We hope to see you there!

Leave a comment

Filed under Antique Market, Catalina Pottery, Christmas Gifts, Collectibles, Holiday Traditions, McCoy, Recommendations, Red Wing Pottery, Rookwood Pottery, Roseville Pottery, Van Briggle Pottery, Weller Pottery

Holiday Event Schedule Announced – Four Great Shopping Days

Billy Blue Eye Pottery & Paintings has announced its’ Flea Market Event Schedule for the remainder of 2011 beginning with this Sunday, November 20th at the Long Beach Antique Market. The Long Beach show held at Veteran’s Stadium just off Lakewood Boulevard at Conant Street is open from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  (Update 11-19, 9:00 PM – Regardless of the weather, rain or shine, we will be there Sunday, November 20th.)

Holiday Event Mailer with Recent Acquisitions from Roseville, Hull and Haeger Potteries.

Billy Blue Eye will offer over 300 ceramic and stoneware items from all of your favorite Pottery Companies including  twenty-five newly acquired Roseville vases, bowls, planters, and candle holders from many of your favorite patterns including “Apple Blossom”, “Zephyr Lily”, “Cosmos”, “Jonquil”, “Dahlrose” and “Snowberry” to name a few. Billy Blue Eye will be located in space #A853 under our green and white tent. Visit the Long Beach Antique Market website for a discount entrance fee coupon.

Roseville Pottery, "Dahlrose" c. 1928, 5" Rose Bowl, Mold #209-4, $300.00 SOLD

The next two events will be held in Olde Towne Tustin  at the Jamestown Vintage Flea Market. This terrific and increasingly popular monthly event will be held on consecutive Sundays, November 27th and December 4th from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  Billy Blue Eye is pleased to offer holiday shoppers over fourteen hours of shopping for that perfect holiday gift. You can find us in space #45 featuring terrific stocking stuffers, grab bag gifts and that unique “Art Pottery” vase guaranteed to wow that special person.

Royal Haeger Pottery, c. 1950's 8" x 5" x 2.75" Pillow Vase w/ Original Label, mold # R - 651, $52.00 SOLD

We will end the holiday shopping season back at the Long Beach Antique Show on Sunday, December 17th from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM. There we will be ready to assist all last-minute shoppers with a full array of ceramic items.

Roseville Pottery, "Apple Blossom" c. 1948, 6" Low Bowl with Twig Handles, mold #326-6, $220.00 SOLD

We look forward to seeing you at one or all of these shows  and as always we are available to assist with phone orders.  We offer full gift wrap services, a liberal return policy and will guarantee Christmas delivery for all orders received by December 20th.  For your convenience we accept Visa and Master Card and all orders over $200.00 are shipped free.  Call today 949-496-1889 between 9:00  AM and 9:00 PM PST.

Leave a comment

Filed under Antique Market, Antique Shows, Christmas Gifts, Collectibles, Haeger Pottery, Holiday Traditions, Roseville Pottery, Street Fairs

Pottery Devil to Make Rare Appearance at Long Beach Antique Market

A special fifth Sunday Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market is being held tomorrow, October 30th and the Pottery Devil is rumored to be making a special appearance.  For the past year his hypnotic ways of luring innocent buyers into his world where the one with the most vases wins has attracted the curious to this monthly Flea Market in the hope of catching a glimpse of this mysterious yet charming creature. He frequents the tent of Billy Blue Eye Pottery his favorite pottery dealer.

Shawnee Pottery, c.1940's 9" Arcature Vase with Yellow Fawn, Mold #850, $70.00 SOLD

The  Long  Beach Antique Market is held in the Veteran’s Stadium Parking Lot located just off North Lakewood Boulevard and East Conant Street from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Billy Blue Eye Pottery is located in space # A 843 under the green and white tent.  Click here for a 10% off Admission Coupon.

Roseville Pottery, c.1947, "Snowberry", 8.25" Basket, Mold # 1BK-8, $325.00 SOLD

The Long Beach Antique Market is the place to shop for all of your Holiday gifts and this special fifth Sunday event is timed perfectly to get an early start to finding those unique items for yourself or for those you love. Billy Blue Eye Pottery offers fine ceramic works from over 35 pottery companies.

Van Briggle Pottery, c.1940-60, 3.5" Hand Thrown "Original" Pitcher in Turquoise by Fred Wills, $70.00 SOLD

For those of you whose curiosity may have been piqued, the Pottery Devil is extremely active around his favorite holiday, Halloween.  Let the buyer beware, he will work his magic and entice you until you can not resist his wares. We hope to see you there, if you dare!

1 Comment

Filed under Antique Market, Christmas Gifts, Collectibles, Hand-thrown pottery, Roseville Pottery, Shawnee Pottery, Van Briggle Pottery

Great Holiday Shopping at the Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market – Sunday, December 19th.

Saturday, December 18th – Update on Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market:
Although we were ready to load the van today and ride out tomorrow’s deluge, common sense and the threat of strong wind gusts during tomorrow morning’s rain storm have prevailed and caused us to reconsider and decide that we WILL NOT attend the Long Beach Flea Market.

We send our sincere apology to our treasured clients and friends and hope that any gift giving plans will not be greatly affected. We  do offer to e-mail photos of available ceramic items and ship any purchases to arrive before Christmas. We will ship free on orders of $200.00 or more and do accept Visa and Master Card. If you would like us to assist you in this manner, please call us at 949-496-1889, Pacific Time (9am to 9pm) or e-mail us direct at billyblueeye@cox.net.

Beswick Pottery c.1936-40 by Mr. Owen in 1940 11.5" Double Handled Vase, Mold #429, $140.00 SOLD

We offer our warmest Holiday wishes for a Merry Christmas and a peace-filled and healthy New Year. We are grateful for your past support and sincerely treasure the friends that have been made through your association with Billy Blue Eye. We look forward to seeing you at the January 16th Long Beach Collectible & Antique Market.

Michael Horvath and Robert Patrick

Catalina Pottery by Gladding McBean c.1942 7" High Gloss Embossed Hand-painted Xmas Cactus Vase Polynesia Line #385, $150.00 rare and fine condition SOLD

Thursday, December 16th – To our Treasured Clients, Friends and Holiday Shoppers:

Even though the rain gods seem to be uncooperative these last few events and the forecast for this weekend is wet, wet and more wet, we will be at the Long Beach Flea Market this Sunday, December 19th rain or shine.

For those of you that shop us regularly, we have a large number of newly acquired ceramic items bought just for this Holiday Season. Included in this selection are items from Sascha Brastoff, Van Briggle Pottery, Beswick of England, Red Wing, Weller, Roseville and Catalina by Gladding McBean.

Sascha Brastoff - c.1953-62 8.5" "Abstract" Series Banded Pillar Vase, $135.00

If you are unable to attend or do not wish to shop in the rain, should the forecast be accurate,  please feel free to contact us either by phone or e-mail. We can e-mail you photos of newly acquired items and get them shipped to you in time for Christmas. You may reach us at 949-496-1889 Pacific Time (9am to 9pm please) or e-mail us at billyblueeye@cox.net.

Catalina Pottery by Gladding McBean c.1937-43 7.25" Ribbed Fan Vase in White w/ Turquoise Mold # C310, $115.00 SOLD

Catalina Pottery by Gladding McBean c.1938-42 8.5" Experimental Color Combo Ribbed Vase in Pumpkin w/Turquoise Mold #C263, $160.00 SOLD

We certainly hope that we will be able to see you on Sunday.  We wish to extend a sincere thank you to all our clients and offer a heartfelt Merry Christmas and Happy 2011.

Michael Horvath and Robert Patrick


Are you having a hard time finding the perfect gift for that special someone that seems to have everything?  Too often we forget that gifts need not be brand new. Frequently the gifts that become life-long treasures are those that have been passed down from generation to generation. Shopping at the Long Beach Collectible & Antique Market offers one that type of option, of finding an item that becomes a generational gift.

Red Wing Pottery c.1920-30 10" Fish Handled Pitcher/Vase in Ivory with brown wipe glaze, $145.00 SOLD and c.1920-30 Semi Matte Ivory colored w/ brown wipe Candle holders, $85.00 (Not Pictured in Table-setting)

For me, my most cherished Christmas memories revolve around the dinner table. As a child it was my maternal Grandmother that prepared a traditional Polish Christmas Eve Banquet. In attendance were my five cousins and their parents, four siblings, Mom and Dad and of course the hostess and my Grandfather.  Being the second oldest of the children it wasn’t long before I was invited to the “adult table”. Sitting there, usually perched on a phone book or two, I was in admiration of the beautiful serving dishes, vases, candle sticks and other decorations that adorned the holiday table. So much so, that they began to symbolize what Christmas meant to me and their appearance on the dinner table enhanced the feeling of celebration.

Red Wing c.1950's 14" Ivory Cylinder on a Base Vase designed by Charles Murphy, $85.00 SOLD

As a young adult and years after my grandparents had passed, I annually recreated that Christmas meal complete with a keen and careful selection of items used in the table setting. Some items were passed down to me, others were carefully chosen to help set the festive mood, maintain the color scheme, and offer my guests the same feeling that this was to be a special and memorable meal. (And yes, they usually were.)

Billy Blue Eye Pottery has a wide range of ceramic items that can begin to take on that special meaning which helps create the atmosphere of “Christmas”, “Hanukkah” and all of the celebrations you hold dear. Pictured in this blog entry are a number of Red Wing Pottery items formally of Red Wing, Minnesota as well as items created for Red Wing during its’ partnership with Rum Rill Ceramics.

Red Wing c.1936 Two Piece Centerpiece w/ Stag Flower Frog in Ivory w/Brown Wipe over-glaze, $90.00 SOLD and a Rum Rill c.1930's Pair of 6.5" Triple Candelabras w/ original label, $110.00 SOLD

In addition to Red Wing and Rum Rill, Billy Blue Eye will be offering a selection of ceramic treasures from Roseville, Van Briggle, Weller, McCoy, Catalina by Gladding McBean, Beswick of England, Rookwood, Sascha Brastoff, Royal Haeger, Frankoma, Blue Mountain of Canada and Camark at Sunday’s Flea Market.

Red Wing c.1927-35 6" x 3" Grape Cluster Candle holders in Ivory w/ brown over-wipe, $50.00 and Red Wing c.1927-35 10" Vintage Grape Cluster Bowl in Ivory with brown over-wipe. $65.00 SOLD (Not Pictured in Table-setting) Three Piece Set (Pictured Above), $100

These great gifts and wonderful works of art are available by contacting us directly at billyblueeye@cox.net and  will be available for viewing this Sunday, December 19th at the Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market. We accept Visa, Master Card, and Pay Pal and all orders over $200.00 are shipped free.

Red Wing c.1945-55 8" Embossed Double Handled Vase in Ivory with brown over-glaze, $79.00 SOLD

The Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market is held from 6:30 AM to 2:00 PM in the Veteran’s Stadium Parking lot, visit our green and white tent,  booth A-853. For additional information on the Long Beach Flea Market contact us or visit their website http://www.longbeachantiquemarket.com. We hope to see you on Sunday.  Merry Christmas, a belated Happy Hanukkah and best wishes for the New Year from all of us at Billy Blue Eye to all of our “treasured clients and friends”.

Red Wing c.1930's 8.75" Semi-matte Ivory with Brown over-wipe, Double handled, Embossed Vase, $72.00 (Not Pictured in Table-setting)

Leave a comment

Filed under Antique Market, Beswick Pottery, Catalina Pottery, Christmas Gifts, Collectibles, Hand-thrown pottery, Holiday Traditions, McCoy, Recommendations, Red Wing Pottery, Rookwood Pottery, Roseville Pottery, Van Briggle Pottery, Wall Pockets, Weller Pottery