Wednesday, July 29, 2009

scott moore

two of my favorite things are jadite and art. one day last year i stumbled across a man’s website who has incorporated both of those things. scott moore is a painter from laguna beach, california, who painted this fabulous painting below.

i love how this piece feels vintage – the muted colors, old milk bottles, the americana family scene, and the jadite charm cup & saucer (of course). one day i hope to have this print hanging in my kitchen.

to see the process of this painting, click here. for more about scott moore, and how you can order his prints, visit his website:

Monday, July 27, 2009

Etsy Phavorites

check out this article in philly's first online magazine, around the mainline. it's all about jaditekate!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

the beautiful designs

as promised, this entry is about the various designs of jadite that Fire King produced.

Restaurant Ware: was manufactured from 1948-1974 and is known for its durability. it was used by dinners and restaurants because it was cheap, easy to wash, and twice as thick as other jadite made by Fire King. these pieces are pretty much indestructible. after Fire King introduced this line it quickly became their top seller and longest running design. since so much was produced, it is ideal for collecting... and the prices are still relatively low compared to other jadite designs. look for a Fire King stamp on the bottom. my favorites in this pattern are the cup & saucer (photo above) and the d-handle mugs.

Jane Ray: this pattern was introduced in 1945 and has be come an affordable, yet beautiful, jadite to collect. most pieces you can get for under $25 on ebay or at antique stores. Jane Ray is easy to identify due to its vertical ribbed pattern. it is a delicate glass - not as thick as Restaurant Ware - so it has a nice opaqueness, which gives the green color some depth. these pieces were either marked on the bottom with a Fire King stamp or a bulls-eye pattern.

Alice: this is becoming a rare jadite to collect due to the fact that Fire King did not produce much of it. in 1945 Fire King made this pattern for Quaker Oats, who put the glass pieces in the bottom of their product boxes. Alice is easily identified by its small floral design around the rim of the cup, saucer and plate. those are the only pieces produced in this pattern. plates are extremely hard to find. each piece should either have a Fire King stamp or bulls-eye pattern on the bottom.

Charm: my favorite jadite by Fire King! it was produced in the 1950s in a variety of colors, not just jadite. it's identified by it's square shape. this makes it an instant favorite today - it's antique, but it looks so modern. this has caused this pattern to be very popular and rare. not many of this pattern were given the Fire King stamp, but they all (but cups) had a "ray" pattern on the bottoms. the pieces that are stamped are extremely rare and double the price of and unmarked piece.

some other great Fire King jadite pieces are st. denis, shell and swirl.

Monday, July 20, 2009

history 101

jadite has a rich history. it was manufactured in the 1900s by several united states companies; each having their own style, opacity and shade of green. the glass was known by several names: "jadite", "jadeite" (Jeannette, Fire King), "skokie green" (McKee), "green clambroth", and "jade green" (Fenton). i call it "jadite" without the "e" in the middle... just because.

Jeannette Glass Company made jadite popular in the 1930s. they are most famous for shakers, bowls, and kitchen canisters. the most well known manufacturer of jadite was Anchor Hocking. it's Fire King line displayed various designs of jadite, such as "jane ray", "alice", "restaurant ware" and "charm" (my personal favorite). i will share more details about each style in my next blog.

jadite's green color and durability makes it attractive for every day use, and also for collecting. martha stewart has displayed has her own (massive) collection on her show, which has skyrocketed the price. jadite was originally sold for pennies or given out for free!

if you have your own jadite collection, or are just starting one, be wary of reproductions. a few asian companies and an american company, Mosser, creates jadite knock-offs. even martha has her own line of reproductions. here is a great link explaining the difference between authentic jadite and reproductions.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

vintage + cottage = fantastic

on friday i spent a little mother-daughter time with my mom in lancaster, pennsylvania. we shopped the outlets (pottery barn outlet - need i say more?) and then stopped at our favorite place to eat in the town next door: strasburg's country store & creamery. my parents have taken my sister and i there since we were kids, so it's a family tradition to go there when we are in town. i love their homemade ice cream, but what i love even more than that is the little store in the back of the parking lot. you can easily miss it if you aren't looking for it. it looks like an apartment, but the bottom level is lulu and tutz. this store is FANTASTIC! if you like cottage or girly vintage things this place is for you.

when you walk in you are greeted with chandeliers, a trellis, and this neat turquoise shelf. i would love to put teacups & saucers on it and hang it in my kitchen.

in the back of the store is the "vintage kitchen" section. even though most of these things are reproductions, they are still wonderful. the pink canisters especially caught my eye. and a milk glass Fire King devil egg plate, which will be listed in my store shortly.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

treasure hunt

i love "the hunt" of antiquing. i know what i am looking for, and it's like discovering buried treasure when i find it.

this week i have off from work so i went to one of my favorite places: weil's antique center. it was an old clock factory that was converted into an antique store full of shops from various vendors. on saturdays they also have an outdoor flea market that is full of great finds. come early though, it gets packed and parking is worse than nyc on new year's eve.

inside weil's there is a shop i call, "glassware heaven". it has everything: pink, cobalt blue, delphite, ambers, greens and jadite. above is a photo of their jadite selection. starting on the left, there are some Fire King Resturant Ware platters, Anchor Hocking Shell salad bowls, a Jeannette loop handle reamer (juicer), and a Fire King batter bowl.

another great find was this set of green fired-on shakers by Anchor Hocking. "fired-on" means that the glass (usually clear or milk glass) was painted. cathy & gene florence's book, "kitchen glassware of the depression years" (seventh edition) prices the salt or pepper as $40-$43 each, and the flour as $60-$70!

if you have a glassware collection, or are thinking about starting one, i highly recommend that book. it has been extrememly useful for me.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

let me introduce myself

my name is kate (obviously). i live in a cute, little townhouse near allentown, pennsylvania with my adorable husband, aaron, and our colorful fish. a few of my favorite things are pearls, coffee, photoshop, jack bauer and vintage glassware... especially jadite.

for me, it was love at first sight. one day i was putting away groceries for my grandmother when i spotted her Fire King jadite batter bowl. i loved the beautiful color and glossy shine, and i've been obsessed (in a healthy way) with jadite ever since. Fire King's Jane Ray pattern was the first pattern i started to collect, but later i traded that in for their Turquoise pattern. i also started collecting Hazel Atlas' Moderntone Platonite. below is a photo of my collection. this cabinet, filled with glassware, is one of my favorite things in my house.

(the green glass is jadite, the blue is Fire King's Turquoise,
and the milk glass with the red stripe is Hazel Atlas' Moderntone)

Monday, July 6, 2009

hello world

hello! just starting up a blog to chronicle a little bit of chic life in northeast pennsylvania. it will be about the cute shops, antique stores, and my fantastic finds for my etsy shop:

more to come soon!