When I have a free day I like to go to antique stores. What I like about going to the antique stores are the memories that some of the items bring back to me such as a lunch box from a television show I watched as a kid or salt and pepper shakers my mother had.
I also like the hunt for special treasures that will add a special touch to my home. One thing that I always have an eye out for is figurines. Not any figurines but figurines that my mother may have painted. When she was out of high school she worked at a ceramic studio painting the figurines. The way that I know it is one she painted is becaus
e there is a specific color dot on the bottom of the figurine.
Before she died she gave my sisters, brother and I each a pair of figurines. I have a couple and the man is leaning in toward the woman with a dog by his side. The woman is blushing and has her hand on her cheek. They are only 6″ tall but the detail on their faces and clothes are precise.
This collection is very special and I appreciate what a great artist my mother was and her attention to detail. I have found figurines that were not painted by my mother but by someone she worked with because the dot on the bottom is a different color.
It is amazing how many I have found since my mother has passed. I have found them in Southern California in towns near to where I lived and now I have found some here on the Central Coast. How did these get from the mid-west where the ceramic studio was (1940’s) to California? Why have I been able to find them and not my siblings?
It’s a mystery — the important and fun part is that I have found them, perhaps my mother is guiding me to the figurines. Thanks mom!
- Chillin’ at the Local Ceramics Painting Shop (littleowlnotes.com)
- Creative Collections (ashleyquinnstyle.com)