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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

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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!

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The Best Little Flea Market in Orange County!

“Orange Coast  Magazine” calls it the best little Flea Market in Orange County and Billy Blue Eye will be offering  some beautiful pottery, stoneware and ceramic items this Sunday, September 25th at the Tustin Flea Market in 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.  Billy Blue Eye is in space #45.

Roseville Pottery, c.1938, 4.5" Double Handled Low Vase/ Bowl, Mold # 346-4, $270.00 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, Marc Bellaire and many more. Be sure to stop by and see why this event truly is a “best of Orange County!”

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Vases in Search of their Flowers

It would seem logical to me that every vase yearns for the flowers that it was meant to contain. That is after all the reason that it was created. This lump of clay was formed into a vessel, adorned and decorated, fired and finished all in preparation for the day when it would hold the blooms that it was designed to hold.

"Passionite Kisses" Roses in Blue Vase (Personal Collection)

This lovely blue vase seems satisfied that it holds a small bouquet of roses. In fact if you watch carefully it seems to be glowing, glowing with the pride of completing its purpose.

Unfortunately not all vases have the same fulfillment as our lucky vase pictured above. In fact a number of such items waiting to be fulfilled will be on display and available for purchase today at the Long Beach Antique Market.

Rookwood Pottery, c.1926 5.5" Bud Vase mold #2123, $290.00 SOLD

Rookwood Pottery, c.1929 6.5" Pinecone Bud Vase mold #1889, $300.00

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 853 under the green and white tent.  Click here for a 10% off Admission Coupon.

Beswick Pottery of England, c.1940-72 by Mr. Watkins in 1940 12" x 10" Basket with "Rouge Royal" Interior, Mold #819, $160.00

These three vases along with over 250 more beautiful vessels from Roseville, Van Briggle, Weller, McCoy, Catalina Potteries and 20 more of your favorite companies are waiting for their own bouquet. Would you like to make a vase happy today?

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Come Shop With Us at the Tustin Flea Market – Sunday, July 24th

Billy Blue Eye will be offering  some beautiful newly acquired  items that will be offered for the first time this Sunday, July 24th at the Tustin Flea Market in 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.  Billy Blue Eye is in space #45.

Red Wing Pottery, c.1935-45 8.25" Pair of Art Deco Candle Holders, $120.00 SOLD

This Sunday we will be featuring ceramics and stoneware from Rookwood, Roseville, Van Briggle, Weller, McCoy, Coors, Red Wing, Catalina, Sascha Brastoff and Zanesville Potteries. We hope to see you there!

Red Wing Pottery, c. Late 1950's 10" x 9" Baby Grand Piano Planter with top designed by Charles Murphy, $195.00 SOLD

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Sunday, July 10th at The Rose Bowl!

Billy Blue Eye is proud to announce our participation in this Sunday’s, July 10th Rose Bowl Flea Market. Over the last several months many of our Los Angeles, Pasadena and LA County clients have asked us to set up shop closer to their home and the Rose Bowl is the perfect venue.

Beswick Pottery of England, c.1940-72 by Mr. Symcox in 1940 9″ Fan Vase with Scalloped Lip, $139.00

We will be located in the Orange Area (Antiques & Collectibles) in space H -07. The entrances to this section are found on Arroyo Boulevard past the stadium’s main entrance and leading toward Seco Street.   Look for our familiar green & white tent. For information, directions and admission costs visit the Rose Bowl Flea Market website.

Royal Haeger Pottery, c. 1976 10″ Marigold Agate Earth Graphic Wrap Bud Vase #4132, $50.00 (left) and c.1976 11″ Marigold Agate Earth Graphic Wrap Vase #4233x, $68.00 (right) SOLD

This Sunday we will have over 300 ceramic vases, wall pockets, bowls, serving pieces, and art objects available from all of your favorite pottery companies including Roseville, Weller, McCoy, Beswick, Haeger, Blue Mountain, Van Briggle, Rookwood, Cowan, Marc Bellaire, Sascha Brastoff, Catalina, Zanesville and many, many more. We hope to see you there!

Roseville Pottery, c. 1915 “Donatello” Gate Vase/ Candle Holder, mold #9, $155.00 SOLD

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Del Mar Antique Show & Sale – Tomorrow Friday through Sunday

The Del Mar Antique Show and Sale held at the beautiful Del Mar Fairgrounds begins tomorrow, Friday January 21st. Here at Billy Blue Eye we have spent the last few weeks searching the country for some interesting, unique and beautiful vintage and antique ceramic treasures to offer you our “treasured” Collectors. And I proudly say, we have selected a diverse collection that should have something for everyone including this mid-century vase pictured below.

Jaru Art Pottery – 14.5″ Black High Gloss Oval Vase with a Gilt Peep Hole, $135.00 SOLD

For information on the Del Mar event please read the post that follows this one. Detailed information including instructions on how to get a 50% off admission ticket is provided below. Our gallery of pottery will be  located in Booth 623. We look forward to seeing you there!

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In Addition to Long Beach Antique & Collectible Show, Billy Blue Eye Adds the Del Mar Antique Show & Sale to January Events.

With the promise of a sunny, warm California winter weekend in the forecast, it is with great pleasure that Billy Blue Eye will attend the Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market this Sunday, January 16th.

In addition we have added to our January show schedule the three day Del Mar Antique Show & Sale held next weekend Friday, January 21st through Sunday, January 23rd. The Del Mar event is held indoors at the Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds where we will not be at the mercy of  Mother Nature as we were with the pre-holiday events in November and December.

Monmouth Western Stoneware  c.1930-35 6.5″ Bud Vase w/ original label, $49.00 (Left) SOLD and Monmouth c.1927-35 9.5″ Cobalt Blue Double Frond Vase, $79.00 (Right) SOLD

Billy Blue Eye since its inception has proudly offered works by Monmouth Western Stoneware Company of Monmouth, Illinois as we were drawn to the rich saturation of their glaze colors.  Monmouth was formed in 1894 creating utilitarian items such as butter churns, bowls, crocks and jugs. In the early 1900’s the company created an art pottery line and its work was often mistaken as product from the Red Wing Union Stoneware Company (Red Wing, Minnesota) that competed with Monmouth at that time.

In 1905, Monmouth was sold and in 1906 it was merged with six other stoneware companies to create The Monmouth Western Stoneware Company.  A more detailed history of Monmouth can be found at Oldstoneware.com.  The link for the Monmouth history is provided here.

In conjunction with its strong color story what originally attracted us to Monmouth was its very unusual brushed ware works created in the early 1900’s and used to perfection in it’s Dull Finish line that was documented in a 1927 catalog.  Jardinieres, vases and bulb forcing bowls from three series “Fern”, “Lotus” and “Egyptian” are favorites not only with us but with collectors worldwide. Examples from these series will be available at the Long Beach and Del Mar shows this month.

Monmouth Western Stoneware Company c.1925-30 Blue 10" Dull Finish Lotus Vases, $140.00 each (Background - Both vases SOLD) and Monmouth c.1926-30 Blue 7" x 2" Dull Finish "Fern" Japanese Bird & Mountain Bowl, $90.00 (Foreground)

The Long Beach, California  Antique & Collectible Market held this  Sunday, January 16th is open from 6:30 AM to 2:00 PM in the Veteran’s Stadium Parking lot.  Look for our green and white tent in our usual  booth, # A-853. For additional information on the Long Beach Flea Market contact us or visit their website http://www.longbeachantiquemarket.com. A discount admission coupon is available at their website.

Monmouth Western Stoneware c.1930's 8" Double Handled Scalloped Rim Vase w/ original label, $62.00 SOLD

We are proud to be joining in its’ 51st year, The Del Mar Antique Show & Sale held at the O’Brien Pavilion at the beautiful Del Mar Fairgrounds on  January 21 – 23, 2011. The show hours are Friday & Saturday from 11AM until 7PM and   Sunday beginning at 11AM until 5PM. A single admission purchase ($8 for adults) is good for the entire run of the show! Get a discount pass here.

Billy Blue Eye will be located in Booth 623 and in addition to Monmouth we will have treasures from all of your favorite pottery companies including Red Wing, Roseville, Van Briggle, McCoy, Weller, Catalina, Gladding McBean, Haeger, Stangl, Sascha Brastoff, Rookwood,  Beswick of England, and a selection of Australian, Canadian and German pottery companies. We have many new acquisitions to tempt the most discerning collectors.

For more information on the Del Mar Antique Show & Sale contact us directly or visit their website by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you soon at these events.

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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)

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Come See Us Today, October 23rd at the Whittier, CA Street Faire

Billy Blue Eye is proud to participate today

in the Whittier, CA Street Faire.

Visit us at Booth 36 located at the intersection

of Philadelphia & Friends Streets in

Uptown Whittier.

Mention this post for special savings

on your purchase of $100.00 or more.

Billy Blue Eye will be offering over 350+ pottery

items from Roseville, Weller, Rookwood, Van Briggle,

McCoy, Beswick, Frankoma, Catalina & Blue Mountain.

We hope to see you there!

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