Our mantelpiece is an ever changing composition. Change one thing and everything changes. When the picture is taken that moment is held.

Life is stilled. A still life.


This is a shop window for the ok corral.


We created the ok corral because we find so many lovely things but we didn't want to keep all the lovely things - just some of them.

Mantelpiece May 2018

By Joy Jolliffe, May 2 2018 03:08PM

Let's start with the book, 'Pottery & Glass'. It's really about the contents of the book of course but it's the cover that tempted me to pick it up in the first place.

A 1947 design with a blue/grey colour that can only be described as perfect.

Inside we discover a selection of modern ceramics and glass, 'good, bad or indifferent'! The author is not always complimentary which is quite a refreshing take on things.

Form, balance, texture etc are all discussed. There's always something new to learn and it's a Penguin Book so very good provenance!

Just in front of the book stands one of the most useful pieces of pottery ever designed - the teapot. This one is made by Johnson Bros and has many of the 'good' design features mentioned in the book: Practical, uncluttered, balanced, good for purpose and very nice to look at. Another lovely blue too.

The blue theme continues with our two Cobham spot pots. They can be a little brittle and we often find them with chips but this little twosome is damage free. They're cheerful aren't they. Their shape is round and generous and the spots are lighthearted. Lots of people love them and I know they'll be popular when they arrive on the OK shelves.

Most pots, mugs, glasses etc can hold a few flowers and I tend to see all these receptacles as 'vases'. I did a little bit of research on this next piece tho' and it might originally have had a wooden lid. It has beautful 'lace' or 'marble' decoration and the interior is deepest midnight blue. I still think of it as a vase tho'. A slim dramatic vase. It's made by Poole and not one we've previously seen. Still learning!

In spite of our odd and difficult weather, summer is on the way and a big glass jug full of a refreshing beverage is as welcome as the sunshine. This is a lovely jug made from clear, sparkling heavy glass. The handle is especially tactile, so smooth and clear it could still be liquid. The three little fruit prints are typical Britvic designs but there are no trademarks on the jug. An orange with orange blossom, a lemon and a bunch of cherries would make a delicious fruit cup but I'll leave you to make up your own favourite summer recipe.

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