Friday, August 06, 2010
The object #12 Daisy vase
This is a vase made by Weller pottery, part of a style of pottery from the late 19th and early 20th century known as "art pottery." It is now collectible, but I think it was quite affordable in its day. This vase was a gift from someone who did not know me well, had never been in my home, but was a token of appreciation for some work I had done. I would never have bought this for myself. Probably never have really noticed it in an antique store. How, or why did she think it was something I would like? I don't know, but, paradoxically I do like it. Quite a lot. Of course, there is that soft, matte glaze—such a perfectly, perfect color. And the shape and size are just right for a small bunch of flowers. The daisy on the side is sweetly kitschy and maybe putting real daisies in it is just a little redundant, but it pleases me immensely.
Sometimes I don't even know what I want until someone gives it to me.