The meaning of Handgemalt… and when you find something on Etsy that matches your item listing

P1240270Despite the Asian motiff of lovely bamboos on these stoneware teacups, this item is actually made in Germany.

The teacups are marked with the  word “Handgemalt” , a German term.

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I found the meaning of the term from another great web resource for Etsy sellers, Porcelain Marks and More.

Definition:

Handgemalt Definition

The website is privately run and free — and again, a terrific resource for Etsy sellers —- so if you can donate a few bucks to this website please do so through their front page “Donate” button.

As my store grows, I expect that I will run into more German and European pottery and have bookmarked this website for future visits.


So what happens when you find an item listed by another Etsy sellter that is a match or perfect for your item?

You link to it of course!

After all, if someone falls in love with my listing — at least I hope someone falls in love with these beautiful tea cups — then they may want the matching tea pot, right?

 

German Bamboo Scene Teapot on Etsy Bouchard Sisters Store

And so I have added the photo in the listing gallery and a link to the other Etsy seller (TheBrouchardSisters) on my description page.

Sharing the love… and seeing what happens.

Have you tried to do something similar with your listings?


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Related:

  • Instead of “hangemalt” or hand painted ceramics, another method of getting artwork from print to pottery is called “transferware”.  Click here to learn more about transferware (a process that the English developed in the mid 1700s).
  • An item listing with a link to another Etsy Seller- The Lonborg Denmark “Brutalist” bowl

Defining wrought iron vs. cast iron for magazine holder listing

I’ve used the term wrought iron to describe ornate iron gates and detailed iron objects.

wrought iron image
Image of a detailed wrough iron is via Wikipedia commons and is from a portal on the facade of Notre Dame in Paris, France

The definition of “wrought” is something that is shaped by hammering with tools.

Wrought definitionMost items that we refer to as wrought iron today is actually “cast” iron, where the molten iron is poured into molds.

Excerpt from a Wikepedia article:

As iron became more common, it became widely used for cooking utensils, stoves, grates, locks, hardware and other household uses.

From the beginning of the 19th century, wrought iron was being replaced by cast iron due to the latter’s lower cost. However, the English Arts and Crafts movement produced some excellent work in the middle of the 19th century.

Knowing this makes it more interesting to look at this gorgeous iron magazine holder I posted on my Etsy store today:

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Description:

Cast iron magazine rackYou can click on the image above to see more images of this beautiful magazine rack.

I love the design!  I think the lines would fit in a variety of decor, especially in a mission style or for a modern arts and craft style home in need of the perfect magazine holder.


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And read more about ironwork in this comprehensive Wikipedia article  here.

Reintroduction of Corningware Blue Cornflower Pyroceram casserole pans

We still use our vintage Corningware petite casserole pans in the “Blue Cornflower” design made from Pyroceram, and I continue to see a variety of Corning Ware products with this design for sale on Etsy and EBay.

My Corning Blue Cornflower petit pansIn the process of researching the difference between Corningware, Pyrex and Corelle (see previous post) I noticed that World Kitchens — who now owns these product lines — reintroduced this design in the 3L casserole size.

From their website:

Blue Cornflower World KitchensAnd accompanying information about its features and the Pyroceram material…

Corningware History

While my little casseroles dishes were all made in the U.S.A., Information on the World Kitchen website Question & Answer section notes that the new ones are now made in  France.

Is this a way to gauge the age of a collection?

While smaller sizes of the Blue cornflower pans are easier to find, the larger ones  — like the one listed on my Etsy store  below — are less common.

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Huge roasting pan – 16 x 13″ listed on my Etsy Shop

 


I wonder if the older era casseroles in this Blue Cornflower design will still be collectible, especially as other sizes are re-introduced…

What do you think?

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A more common blue cornflower size found on EBay and Etsy stores

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The difference between Corning Ware, Corelle and Pyrex

Are you as perplexed as I am about the difference between Pyrex, Corelle and Corning Ware (now called Corningware)?

I first became familiar with the Corelle brand through my mother, who really liked the dinnerware products because they were light, and for its chip-resistance, and durability.

Over the years, I’ve also purchased Corning Ware casserole dishes in the French White line,  and like many, own several Pyrex products (who doesn’t have a classic Pyrex brand measuring cup, right?)

Now that I am selling some of my pieces on my Etsy Vintage Shop, I am finding that these brands seem to blend into one another.

It was easy enough to post my large Corelle bowls and saucers in the Spring Blossom Green pattern (introduced in 1970), as it was a popular one, and still collectible.

P1210963I found a wonderful website run by a a dedicated collector, called Corelle Corner, which is full of terrific information.

I highly recommend this informative site as a starting point to identify your pieces.  It is an amazing repository of all things Corelle, from an avid fan.

I’ve bookmarked the site and know that I’ll be going back to read more (you can click here to visit site).

But listing my white, vintage Corning Ware casserole dishes is another story…

P1230563It turns out that my old Corning Ware (two words) is now called CorningWare® (one word) and owned by the World Kitchen company.

World Kitchen also owns the Pyrex brand (which turned 100 years old this year!)  and the Corelle brand.

So for the basics, I’m posting a bit of history about these product lines for my 3rd blog post.

THE CORNING GLASS COMPANY – The Parent Company

The original company that created the Pyrex, Corning Ware and the Corelle brands started out in 1851 as Corning Glass Works in Massachusetts and later moved to New York.

Corning History Photo
Photo of Corning Glass’ optic headlamp via Wikipedia Commons

They  specialized in glass, ceramics and related materials for industrial and scientific uses.

Corning developed one of the first optic headlamps (photo above), the glass for the Palomar Observatory’s telescope, and worked on creating new automobile glass windshields in the 1960s.

An excerpt from a Wikipedia article on Corning (now called Corning, Inc.):

The company was known as Corning Glass Works until 1989, when it changed its name to Corning Incorporated.

In 1998, Corning divested itself of its consumer lines of CorningWare and Corelle tableware and Pyrex cookware selling them to World Kitchen, but still holds an interest of about 8%.

You can read the full article, here.

Pyrex

The Pyrex brand and line of specialty glass for laboratory and kitchen use was introduced by Corning in 1915.

Here is interesting information about the history of Pyrex from the World Kitchen website:

Pyrex History

Corning Ware / CorningWare®

Corning introduced the CorningWare brand in 1958, as cooking ware resistant to heat and shock.

Interestingly, it was a material discovered by accident by a researcher working in Corning’s R&D division.

Excerpt from a Wikipedia article:

In 1953 S. Donald Stookey of the Corning Research and Development Division discovered Pyroceram, a white glass-ceramic material capable of withstanding a thermal shock (sudden temperature change) of up to 450 °C (840 °F), by accident.

He was working with photosensitive glass and placed a piece into a furnace planning on heating it to 600 degrees Fahrenheit.

When he checked on his sample the furnace was at 900 degrees and the glass had turned milky white. He reached into the furnace with tongs to discard the sample and it slipped and hit the floor without shattering.

The material was used in the ballistic missile program as a heat-resistant material for nose cones. (More here)

Corelle

The Corelle brand of tempered glass dishware and glassware was introduced by Corning in 1970.  Made from a material called “Vitrelle”, it consisted of glass laminated into 3 layers.

Again, from the World Kitchen website:

Corelle History


I certainly learned a lot more about the differences between the terms CorningWare, Pyrex and Corelle through writing this blog post.

What can add to the confusion between the product lines is that many of the patterns used for the Corelle brand was also used for the CorningWare brand.

But at least I now know the difference!

Was this blog post helpful to you?  I’d love to know, and would appreciate your input in the comment section.

— Jane

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My first listings — and describing / pricing my Franciscan Pottery and Heath Ceramics

One of the most challenging thing to do once you’ve set up shop in Etsy is to figure out

  1. How to price your vintage objects
  2. The language and description to add to your item listing

Until I set up my Etsy store, I didn’t know that Heath Ceramics, based in Sausalito, California were highly collectible.  I bought the plates years ago because I liked the simple design, the look of the glaze and colors.

I also had many pieces from the Franciscan Pottery Company in the “Jamoca” line, as well as various plates and creamers from other Franciscan lines.  Initially, I did not know that they were Franciscan.  I just liked the colors and the shapes and picked up pieces here and there, over the years.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS

If writing is not your thing (I’m so-so at it) or you find it difficult to be creative with your words (as I do), then searching within Etsy to see how others describe similar items should get you inspired to write up descriptions for your first listing.

I’ve visited stores with very minimal words in their listings and some with long, super detailed descriptions.

I like information, so I tend to want to add more, rather than less.

I also think it is best to give your potential customer as much information to accompany the photos —- and leave it to them if they want to read the nitty gritty.

Along with looking within Etsy for similar products, you can do a Google search or search within EBay for product listing descriptions.  If the company who made your product is still operating, then it is easy enough to get information  simply by visiting their website.

P1230458Based on the information I gathered, I listed my Heath Ceramics Sea and Sand plates with the following description:

Classic and durable Heath ceramic dinner plates in beautiful Sea and Sand glaze, coupe shape.

The Heath company was founded in 1948 in Sausalito, California. They are known for their simple yet thoughtfully designed table ware.

The design and durability stands the test of time — thus becoming family heirlooms.

Many of founder Edith Heath’s original pieces are housed in permanent collections of modern art museums (MOMA and LACMA).

I thought it was a good start!

Getting a bit of history on the company made writing a description more fun, and for me, was an interesting process.

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Franciscan Pottery “Jamoca” line Gravy Pitcher

Next up were my Franciscan dinnerware items, and I posted this description:

love the Franciscan line of ceramic dinnerware in the “Jamoca” pattern.

The neutral, dark brown color can easily pair with your other tableware collection, and the golden yellow scrolls, filigree designs are very pretty.

Franciscan Ceramics started under California-based Gladding, Mcbean & Co., and was later purchased by Wedgwood, then the Waterford Glass Group.

Jamoca is a discontinued pattern.

Franciscan Dinner Plates Jamoca edges

The Etsy item listing manager allows you to “copy” an existing listing.

In the case of the Franciscan tableware, this was a great feature as I was able to just copy most of the listing for the dinner / salad plates / footed cups & saucers, with all the information and product tags I already created.

Very nice, and time-saving, especially if you have many pieces that you want to sell separately.

PRICING

For collectible and known / popular dining and table top items, the website that sells replacement pieces is a good resource to get an idea of market price (and their availability) for pieces you are listing to sell. It is a terrific starting point for pricing.

I then checked EBay to see how many other sellers have the same or similar item for sale… what is their price?

And within Etsy, how many sellers already have the same item?  What condition is it in?  Is mine in better condition or less so?

Once I have done my research, I then price the items based on

  • what is available on line to replace these items
  • how many other listings there are, both on EBay and Etsy

And based on the condition and availability (is it rare?) I establish a price that I think is reasonable and fair.

Your thoughts? If you have tips to add on how to price your items, or additional ideas, please do comment.


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Hello World! My shop is now open

Hello there!  This is my companion blog / website to my Vintage Shop on Etsy.

My shop opened on June 29th, 2015.

So far….

  • I’ve set up the basics on my Etsy shop, such as the About, Info and Appearance and Shop Policies
  • I looked at shops that sell similar items I will list, and studied a few of the shops’ store policies to get an idea of how to craft my own
  • I picked an image to use on my shop, and created a basic logo with my shop name to upload to Etsy.  This was a bit tricky because of the size requirements, so if you have a talented friend or family member to help you with a logo,  it is best to ask.TEST Working Logo

I’ve opened up my shop by listing some of the ceramic plates that I’ve collected over the years.

Having an Etsy store seems like a great idea, as now I get to continue collecting, but with a new goal to curate objects specifically for my store and to compliment objects I already have.

I have friends who have set up stores on Etsy who told me it can be very hard, so I am prepared to dive in knowing I will need to put my time and dedication into this venture.

Knowing the work I will put into this, I also want to have fun in the process!

The good thing is I do not need a brick and mortar facility or employees (at least  not yet) and I will work on my store on my own time and terms.

Plus… my market is the world!  Well, technically, I’m only shipping to U.S. addresses at this point, at least until I figure out how to manage international shipments.

But… I am open 24/7.  How cool is that?

It’s nice not to hassle with setting up an “E-Commerce” store because the Etsy site should have everything I need.

And I really, really like that I do not need to concern myself with the technical aspects of running an on-line shop on my own.  Software upgrades, security, credit card and payment processing is all part of the Etsy package.

Wish me luck… and onward!