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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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Today Begins Our Fifth Year at The Long Beach Antique Market

Our participation today in the Long Beach Antique Market will begin our fifth year of selling at this terrific Southern California monthly event.  It has been and continues to be our favorite venue for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the shopping is great. If it exists you will most likely find it in one of the 700 plus vendor booths.

Roseville Pottery, c. 1945 "Freesia" 7.5" x 6.25" Pocket Vase, mold # 199-6, $265.00 SOLD

Secondly the people watching is fun and our customer base is the nicest group of people that make it a pleasure to come to the event each month. Not only have many new clients been found but many new friendships have been formed as well.  And finally the organizers and sponsors of the event, Lynn and Don and their staff are a pleasure to work with. They not only run the “best Flea Market in Southern California” but they strive to make each event better and better.We are grateful to them for all of the hard work they do to make it so pleasurable for us.

Roseville Pottery, c. 1941, "Columbine", 6.5" Double Handled Vase, $245.00

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. We hope to see you there 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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Tustin Flea Market – June 26th Features Newly Acquired Weller, McCoy, Roseville and Van Briggle Vases

Brush-McCoy Pottery, c.1920-30's 5.75" Blended Greens & Blues Onyx Vase. Mold #749, $90.00 SOLD

Every once in awhile we stumble across some truly beautiful and unique items, usually from an unexpected source which helps to make the find even more special.  A recent shopping expedition produced a number of terrific items that will be offered for the first time this Sunday, June 26th at the Tustin Flea Market in Tustin, California, a.k.a. The Jamestown Vintage Flea Market.

Van Briggle Pottery, c. Late 1980's 8.5" Southwestern Motif Vase in Ming Turquoise Glaze by Finisher CB (Clare Beyers), $195.00 SOLD

One special find were two Weller Loru vases from the late 1930’s. When we first noticed them we were struck by how similar the glaze color was to the Mulberry Glaze being employed by Van Briggle during the same time period. I am sure it was one of those “secret glazes” that mysteriously made an appearance at a rival pottery company. Ah the espionage of the mid 1930’s pottery business!

Weller Pottery, "Loru" c.1933-39 8" Footed Vase with Raised Leaves and a Flared Rim in Mulberry Glaze, $105.00 SOLD

Weller Pottery, "Loru" c.1933-39 5" Footed Planter - Vase with Flared Rim in Mulberry Glaze, $70.00 SOLD

So if you’d like to stop by and let us tempt you with our newly acquired treasures we can be found tomorrow, Sunday, June 26th at the Tustin Flea Market, 474 El Camino Real, Tustin from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM, free admission.  Space #45. We hope to see you there!

Roseville Pottery, "Donatello" c. 1915, 10 inch Low Bowl, mold # 54-10, $ 225.00

Haeger Pottery designed by Sascha Brastoff, c.1948-1953 7.75" inches x 5.25 inches Trinket Box, $ 70.00 SOLD

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Tustin, California Flea Market: A Monthly Neighborhood Event

Monmouth Western Stoneware Company c.1920's 18" Blue "dull finish" Floor Vase with Moroccan Decoration, $395.00 SOLD

The Tustin, California monthly Flea Market, a.k.a. The Jamestown Vintage Flea Market is a favorite of Billy Blue Eye because it really is a neighborhood event. Each month we expect to see some familiar faces and spend some time sharing tales of what has occurred in each of our lives since last months’ event. It is also through these exchanges that one can deepen one’s appreciation for whatever collectible you might be addicted to.

For a young collector this is an important experience, almost a right of passage.  Collectors will tell you that most often their own collecting was a direct result of hearing about how it enhanced the life of another.  Their interest and curiosity was born and stimulated the beginning of their own collection.

I enjoy sharing tales of my early days of pottery collecting. It was in 1982 that I was bitten by the “pottery bug”. A lovely Roseville Snowberry Urn found its way into my hands at a Milwaukee, Wisconsin antique barn and after agonizing over spending the $35.00 that it cost, it found a permanent place in my home and in my heart.

c. 1948 Roseville "Snowberry" Urn, Personal Collection

So if you’d like to stop by and share your own tale of collecting we can be found tomorrow, Sunday, May 22nd at the Tustin Flea Market, 474 El Camino Real, Tustin from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM.  Space #45.  We hope to see you there neighbor.

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Terrific Offering of Art Deco Inspired Roseville Pattern “Teasel”

Roseville Pottery, circa 1938 "Teasel" Six Piece Collection, $1500.00 (Also Available Individually)

Billy Blue Eye Pottery is pleased to offer a six piece collection of Roseville Pottery’s 1938 “Teasel” pattern.  The set consisting of a low jardiniere, a low vase and four six to nine inch vases are terrific examples of Roseville’s Art Deco inspired pattern. The elegant line of a single stem from the teasel plant artfully placed as if touched by the wind is a reminder of the beauty found in the understated decoration presented in this Roseville offering.  In “Teasel” Roseville shows us its versatility in depiction of flower and nature; a dramatic departure from other 1930’s floral patterns such as “Poppy”, “Sunflower” and “Fuchsia”.

A close-up view of the wildflower "Common Teasel". (Dipsacus fullonum) Photo by Brian Johnston (Canada)

The set is being offered at $1,500.00 for all six pieces.  Although we prefer to keep this collection intact, the pieces may be purchased individually. (Priced from $200.00 to $340.00 each)

This very special offering can be seen and purchased today at the Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market in Long Beach, California. Long Beach Collectible & Antique Market is located in the Veteran’s Stadium Parking Lot from 7:00 AM until 2:00 PM. We are located in space # A 853. Click here for 10% off Admission Discount Coupon.

In addition to Roseville, Billy Blue Eye will be featuring today works from Van Briggle, Weller, McCoy, Beswick, Stangl, Blue Mountain, Red Wing, Rookwood, Catalina, Sascha Brastoff and many other fine ceramic companies. Look for our green & white tent, we look forward to seeing you there!

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Great Shopping & Family Fun – Whittier, CA Street Faire Saturday, April 23rd

Billy Blue Eye Pottery is once again proud to be a part of this Saturday’s Whittier, CA Spring Street Faire. The twice annual celebration is held in Uptown Whittier from 9 AM until 4 PM. We will be located in booth # 36 which is located at the intersection of Philadelphia & Friends Streets.

Van Briggle Pottery c.1947-48 6.75″ Hand Thrown “Original” Bud Vase in Ming Turquoise Glaze by Fred Wills, $135.00 SOLD

Once again we will be featuring a large selection of pottery from all of your favorite companies including Roseville, Weller, McCoy, Van Briggle, Catalina, Frankoma, Rookwood, Beswick, Red Wing, Royal Haeger, Sascha Brastoff and many more. We have plenty of great holiday gift ideas. Be sure to stop by and shop our treasures, We look forward to seeing you there!

Red Wing Pottery by Rum Rill c.1935-40 Pair 4.5″ Triple Bud Vases with Center Candle holder “Shell Group”, $95.00 SOLD

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Roseville Pottery in the 1930’s: An Important and Transitional Decade

Roseville Pottery c. 1933 "Baneda" 8.25" Double Handled Vase in Green/Blue, mold # 593-8, $925.00 SOLD

For those of you that are regular readers of this blog, my love for Roseville pottery is well-known. In fact I even admitted in a July 11, 2010 post that I was a Rookwood and Roseville snob. Roseville was my first pottery purchase and to this day, I am still amazed at the incredible artistic range produced by the company in its sixty-four year history. (1890-1954) Even now as a dealer I am frequently tempted to add a piece of Roseville to our personal collection.

Roseville Pottery c. 1930 "Sunflower" 7.5" x 4.25" Jardiniere, mold # 208-5, $850.00 SOLD

When I look at the creative arc in Roseville’s history from the classic styling of patterns such as Donatello, Volpato and Carnelian in the teens all the way to the  modernistic Mid-Century designs found in Capri, Mayfair and Artwood, I see a distinct progression that mirrored the cultural and design scene in 20th Century America. In my overview of the work, like many collectors,  I am drawn to many of the patterns issued during the 1930’s.

Roseville Pottery c. 1933 "Falline" 6.25" Double Handled Vase, mold # 642-6, $825.00 SOLD

In the span of ten years Roseville issued ceramic items from such treasured lines as Blackberry, Baneda,  Cosmos, Falline, Ferella, Fuchsia, Jonquil, Laurel, Morning Glory, Moss, Poppy, Primrose and all-time most popular line, Pinecone.  When one examines the progression of the product design we see in 1930 in Earlam, a stripped down utilitarian series of vases, pots and candle holders. In 1931-32 we find a blending of the classic pottery forms and decorations with the floral depictions Roseville become synonymous with in Jonquil and Cherry Blossom. This period is important as I feel it became  a reference point for the later floral patterns issued during the World War II era and beyond.

Roseville Pottery c. January, 1934 "Laurel" 8.25" Double Handled Vase, mold # 673-8, $425.00 SOLD

During this decade America was in the throes of the Great Depression. Life in America carried an uncertainty and it sparked a diversity in creativity which was echoed in many aspects of life including production of pottery at Roseville. In 1934-36 we saw the release of Art Deco inspired patterns such as Moderne and Laurel intersected by the realistic design of Pinecone in 1935 with handles in the form of branches joined to a pinecone with green pine needles. A simplistic design that through its popularity wound up saving Roseville from bankruptcy.

Roseville Pottery c. 1933 "Baneda" 8" x 3" Console in Pink/Rose, mold # 232-6, $450.00 SOLD

Roseville Pottery c. 1933 "Baneda" 4.5" Bud Vase in Green/Blue, mold # 603-4, $450.00 SOLD

The later part of the decade saw a mixture of emotion displayed in the stark variance of say the romanticism in Moss to the playful and joyous Primrose that to this day makes me think of a smiley face. In 1938 with Poppy we saw the flower become the focus of the vessel with its stems and leaves fading into the background. All of these touches to the human heart endeared Roseville to the masses and in my opinion cemented its importance in 20th century America pottery. This ability to change and expand its artistic statement along with the times gave it a universal appeal that invites collectors of all ages and demographics. This is not to say that the patterns issued during the 1930’s are superior to those of early or later years but rather it was the progression of adjusting its image in a very turbulent decade that sparks a lasting interest and demand.

Roseville Pottery c. 1933 "Baneda" 8.5" Double Handled Vase in Blue/Green, mold # 595-8, $1195.00 SOLD

Billy Blue Eye is pleased to offer a recently acquired collection of vases from the 1930’s including examples from Baneda, Sunflower, Laurel and Falline. All eight of these vases are in excellent condition with no or minimal crazing and no previous repairs or production imperfections.

Roseville Pottery c. 1930 "Sunflower" 8.25" Vase, mold # 491-8, $1395.00 SOLD

Due to the limited availability of these treasures we invite interested collectors to contact us  directly at billyblueeye@cox.net or at 949-496-1889 (Pacific Time Zone, 9AM to 8PM please) and if still available, may be viewed on Sunday, April 17th at the Long Beach Antique & Collectible Market. We accept Visa, Master Card, and Pay Pal and all orders over $200.00 are shipped free. Private viewings can be arranged for local collectors.

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Join Us Sunday, March 27th at the Jamestown Vintage Flea Market in Tustin, CA.

c.1937-42 Catalina Pottery by Gladding McBean 6" Double Handled Yellow High Gloss Vase, $75.00 SOLD

We will be pitching our green and white tent tomorrow, March 27th at the Jamestown Village parking area in Old Towne Tustin. It is located at 474 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA, 92780 and the Antique & Collectible Flea Market is open from 8AM until 3PM. Billy Blue Eye will be located in space #46.

c.1937-43 Catalina Pottery by Gladding McBean 9.75" Ribbed Column Vase in White, $110.00 SOLD

As always we will be featuring works by many of your favorite pottery companies including these two terrific vases from Catalina by Gladding McBean. Many newly acquired items from Roseville, Weller, Haeger Pottery, McCoy, Sascha Brastoff and Marc Bellaire will be making their debut. We hope to see you there!

Be sure to check this website on Monday for an announcement regarding newly received  Roseville vases from the 1930’s. Take a look at the exquisite vase below, one of the eight that will be available next week.

Roseville Pottery c.1933 "Baneda" 8.25" Double Handled Vase, mold #595-8, $1195.00 SOLD

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