Wednesday, May 26, 2010


I am joining Jenny Matlock for our weekly exploration of a letter of the Alphabet!   This week we are on the letter S

Southern Potteries, Inc

In Erwin, Tennessee back in 1916-17 a pottery works was created called Clinchfield Chinaware.  In 1920 the company was incorporated and called Southern Potteries, Inc.
Most of their pottery used decals for adornment but
in 1923 Charles W. Foreman purchased this company and introduced a new decorating technique.  It became so popular that in 1938 this became the main decorating technique
It was called hand paining under the glaze and became knows as
This glorious hand painted china has many many patterns
over 5,000 have been counted so far
Southern Potteries never named these patterns
Today's collectors have started naming them and 
many books have different names for the same pattern
My first experience with Blue Ridge was a friend who had two plates displayed and I fell in love with the colors and hand painted designs.  I started looking in Antique Malls and found prices out of reach for my pocketbook.  However, chipped and damaged were considerably less and so I became a collector of chipped and cracked Blue Ridge China.  They found a home with me.
There are many different marks on these plates and many are not marked at all.  The shapes, colors and designs are easy to spot once you are familiar with them. 
Fruits and vegetables were popular designs
These two plates are "Country Fair" design 
with different color borders
They can range from simple sweet flowers
to elaborate patterns 
I have many pieces, few that match
I was lucky enough to find four plates of this pattern
I thought being Thursday I would also do a small tablescape
using these plates
I used the green plates from last weeks thrifty finds as the charger
The blue ridge plate looks spectacular on it
I used these deep wine placemats
An old napkin with pretty details
Simple centerpiece of green ivy, small bird and a 
Blue Ridge sugar bowl 
I also added large light green wine glasses
More detail of the sugar bowl
(unknown pattern)
I believe in using my wonderful dishes!
I have two books on Blue Ridge China
It is so much fun to look through them and find a pattern you would love to have and then keep an eye out for it
Notice the name of this pattern on the bottom
I think I should have a piece of that don't you? 

Thanks for joining me as I share some of my pieces of Blue Ridge China.  Not all are flowers or fruits & veggies.  They did lots of Roosters and animals and well such a variety you could all find something you would love. 
I am also joining in these two parties along with Alphabe-Thursday

Vintage Thingie Thursday with Suzanne at

 and Susan over at
BETWEEN NAPS ON THE PORCH  with all the wonderful Tablescapes each Thursday!

If you would like to learn more about Blue Ridge Pottery there are many websites and lots of listings on Ebay and Etsy.



Nancy's Notes said...

Linda, well I think your Blue Ridge China is awesome!! Oh, thank you for sharing!


mbkatc230 said...

This is beautiful. I've seen this in some of the antique shops on our town square, but never knew anything about it. Love that sugar bowl! Kathy

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Thanks so much for this history. I have a collection of Blue Ridge pottery and love it...I did have lots of it hanging in my kitchen...just changed it out last Fall when I did a makeover in the kitchen. I do still have lots of it displayed in a old cabinet...I kove all the colors that they used!


LV said...

You gave us a great history on the pottery. All the things you featured today are most interesting.

Diann said...

Awesome dishes Linda! My grandma had a complete set of Blue Ridge dishes that I absolutely loved. Everytime I see any I think of her. Love them set on your table. Everything looks wonderful.
I need to start getting some books about dishes and glassware. I think it's about time. LOL


Hi Linda,
Your Blue Ridge collections/plates are great! I used to have a collection of just a couple of saucers :)
Nice finds in the other post. Pink glass are something I look for and blue ones too.
Tomorrow is the city wide garage sales...I'm hoping for a FEW goodies!
Deb :)

Susan said...

Oh, Linda. That is very pretty china. I loved all the patterns! Sincerely, Susan

Short and Sweet said...

I never heard of Blue Ridge pottery so I'm glad that I stopped by your blog. Your tablescape is beautiful and your coordination of colors is awesome. Thanks for the southern pottery lesson.


I love your Blue Ridge China too! How nice to have a few books on them as well. Thank you for sharing a bit of history with us!

Ann said...

Hi Linda, Thanks for the informative post about Blue Ridge China. Is a china that I've not heard of before but certainly think it is quite pretty.:) You have set a lovely, lovely table. The vintage napkins are quite nice, too.
The Tattered Tassel

Coloradolady said...

Linda, how great to have a book to be able to look patterns up..if I can not find it on the web,and I love it, I just get it anyway...sometimes, I'd love to have a handy book to look things up! I adore the flowers on the dishes, I love the look. Have a great VTT!

Jeanne Selep said...

I've seen some of these patterns before...

GardenofDaisies said...

Your table setting with the Blue Ridge Chatham plates is gorgeous!!! And yes You certainly do need something in the Lovely Linda pattern!! Have fun searching! I just sent to their web site and was amazed at all the various, beautiful designs.

Postcardy said...

That looks like a fun type of pottery to collect.

Julie Harward said...

Boy, you really are the "go to girl" for all this information aren't you...amazing! It sure is pretty too :D

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Doing antiques and collectibles shows, I see a lot of Blue Ridge. Yours makes a beautiful tablescape!

I'm visiting from the Coloradolady. Please come for a visit to my cottage. While you're there, take a peek at the details for the three linky parties I'm starting up in June.

Have a wonderful Memorial weekend!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

such pretty plates and beautiful in colours! thanks for sharing and happy VTT

Pondside said...

I like the simple and cheerful designs on these dishes. I'd mix and match them too - they are so pretty together. Great S post!

My name is PJ. said...

They are sweet in their simplicity and quite charming. "Chatham" would be my favorite because I love the deep wine color!!

You should have a set of Lovely Linda's.

Sarah said...

What a great post! An earlier post of mine was on my grandma's Blue Ridge pattern:

They're called "Pinkie".

Have a great VTT!


JDaniel4's Mom said...

How beautiful! I love the flower designs.

Mary said...

I definitely think you should have the Lovely Linda pattern :-)


Ulla said...

The Chatham pattern is very beautiful. You know very much about the dishes.

mub said...

I love your tablescape, the colors are beautiful together!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How pretty this is! Love your pretty setting and how wonderful that the chipped and cracked pottery orphans find a home with you to appreciate their loveliness!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Your SOUTHERN Pottery Blue Ridge dishes are gorgeous! I was fortunate to find a full set of "Paper Roses" just last November and love them. All of the 5000 designs are amazing! I had not seen the books you show here so will have to search for them...really great S post!

Liz said...

I have one plate of Blue Ridge... It is so cottage-ee cute! Just darling. Thanks for sharing you info on it. :)


Deb said...

Love the dishes, especially the tea-cups.

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Wow! Your Chipped and Cracked Collection sure makes a beautiful TableSetting! Linda, Gal...your amazing with all the dishes you find and collect...I love seeing them all! Happy VTT and have a great Memorial Day Weekend...Sue

P. said...

Such pretty dishes, and I appreciate the information on Blue Ridge Pottery. Your tablescape looks lovely.

Vonlipi said...

Thank you for sharing Linda! I really enjoyed reading about those plates. It's the first time I see Blue Ridge pottery. :)

Sherrie said...

Om my goodness. I have a Blue Ridge plate that I didn't know I had. I just thought it was a pretty old fun flower plate. I always learn something from you. Thanks. Hope you have a lovely Memorial Weekend. Enjoy.

AshTreeCottage said...

What bright happy patterns! Just love those cuties!!

Susan and Bentley

jeff campbell said...

So, am I now going to have to start a collection of Southern Potteries ware? You old stinker, you did it again with a wonderful and informative post...Namaste

Jenny said...

Linda! Wow, what a great stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's Letter "S"!

I've seen this pottery before but never knew the name of it.

You are always so informative and you make me want to go visit some thrift stores to see if they might have any. I like the simple florals against the plain background.

Your tablescape is gorgeous, too!

Thanks for helping make Alphabe-Thursday an absolute joy each week!


RNSANE said...

It's so nice to have a collection of something special like this. At 65, having lost my nursing position with the city and county of San Francisco ( 21 years ) in massive budget cuts, I'm not having to downsize and move so I'm paring down to the minimum! My income dropped $90,000 a year! Some of my treasures MUST go with me, though.

My poetry book - Life's Journey by Carmen Henesy - is out on Amazon!! Finally, at the age of 65, I did it!
( These are poems about the things that have been important to me in my journey through life, some humorous, some sad, some that may have meaning to you as well )

Jenny said...

Hey Linda, can you e-mail me your address? jennymatlock at cox dot net


Tina said...

Those dishes are just delicious! Now I want some...

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Lovely Linda....this is a terrific post! What wonderful china and I have an instant kinship to anyone who targets chippy and cracked pieces. Your table is gorgeous and your collection is devine. Thanks for sharing your knowledge on this wonderful china :)


Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a refreshing fun table. I loved learning about this particular china. Thanks for sharing all the info... hugs ~lynne~

mrs. c said...

Oh my stars! i want some of that beautiful pottery! I have never heard of it and I just adore those plates! Are they very expensive? I think I need to start looking for it, thank you so much for this informative and delightful post!

laterg8r said...

simple and beautiful :D

Michelle said...

What lovely bold patterns! You have some beautiful pieces, and set a gorgeous table.

Amy said...

This stuff is gorgeous!!

Mimi said...

Linda, the Chatham pattern is really very pretty...I have the perfect tablecloth to go with them! I love when you give us a little history of the item(s) you are showcasing. I don't think I have seen any of that particular pottery in this area...I will be looking a little harder, now!

Viki said...

I love the patterns. Your tablescape makes we want to sit down for a summer supper. Just beautiful. Great S post.

Miri said...

Terrific! Beautiful plates!

Jo said...

I have never heard of these before, thanks for the info, they look so pretty! love the sugar bowl on your table!

GFDINER - Kathy said...

I love your posts. My table's never look like your beautiful ones. Maybe it's the paper plates I'm using. LOL.

Have a great weekend.

Brenda said...

I really love the cups and the designs on them. And you table setting looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing the info. I have probably seen them in my wonderings and just never knew what they are.

Sue said...

That pottery is to die for. I love it!


Sarah said...

Great post! I enjoyed learning about Blue Ridge Pottery. Your tablescape is most inviting. I like the Chatham pattern with its bright colors. I noticed Quimper designs on the cover of the book. Did Blue Ridge Pottery produce pottery in the design of the Quimper pottery?
~ Sarah

Cheryl said...

I never knew what this china was. It is absolutely beautiful.

Three S's in my word veri ~ woohoo!

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Linda, that china is absolutely gorgeous!
The colors are so vibrant and vivid, so pretty.

Have a wonderful Friday!

Tara Beaulieu said...

I think your dishes are all lovely and I think that having few that match actually make them more charming- they seem to mix and match wonderfully and I bet you could do a fabulous tablescape with an assortment of them! I also love your vintage napkins, they are beautiful! Happy VTT and thanks for sharing!

Chatty Crone said...

OH MY GOSH - how many comments did you get girl? And you have so much knowledge of patterns of plates! I like the one especially that you made the tablescape with. sandie

H said...

I love to browse round potteries, though the styles I love tend to be more earthenware. Some of the patterns on these are beautiful. Enjoy your collection :)

Catherine said...

Lovely post, as always :) !

Terra said...

I love the simpler more plain ones! Thanks for sharing. I am not a collector but they were fun to look at.

Christy said...

what beautiful pottery. i am not familiar with this company....but now i will keep a look out for it. some of the patterns remind me of the franciscan pattern. your pieces are lovely.

Christy said...

Lovely, Linda!
I definitely think you need that plate/pattern! I like your table - so spring-y!

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Anonymous said...

I stumbled here looking up Blue Ridge plates because I have some of my grandmothers. The set I have is the same floral one of your first picture.