Following the Sun - I


Pilkington Royal Lancastrian English Arts & Crafts Lobed Vase with Curdled Orange & Yellow Glazing (LEO Design)

Have you had enough of winter, yet?  The Beijing Olympics have yet to begin and, already, I have seen enough snow.  And let's not start talking about the cold!

Here's a little antidote: a collection of orange-glazed ceramics from LEO Design.  For the next several days, we'll be sharing a few of our favorite pieces of sunny, orange pottery. Nothing chases away the Winter Blues quite as well as a sideboard full or radiating orange ceramics!

My favorite glazes boast organic, one-of-a-kind glazes.  The nature of such glazes makes them hard (or impossible) to control.  And every piece is unique.  The English Arts & Crafts piece shown here, made by Pilkington Royal Lancastrian in the 1910's or 1920's, has a subtle, "lobed" shoulder, suggesting the organic, natural form of a squash or gourd.  Add a mottled, dynamic glaze—deep orange over marigold yellow—and you have a wonderful start to that sideboard full of orange ceramics!  Click on the photo above to learn more about it.

More orange-glazed vintage pottery tomorrow and in the days to come.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques ( or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248