Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Is Hornsea, Is Good

I have been having a brilliant time thrifting of late. I've been casually looking for Hornsea pottery for some time, having already acquired my first piece from my parents - a salt cellar which was an engagement gift of theirs from 1967. Then, a couple of years ago, I found the gorgeous brown and black flour barrel (below) in a local op-shop. But not much happened after that. Then, in the space of a couple of weeks, I found the wonderful blue and green owl mug (above) and, on Saturday, the cow mug. Love the rather surreal and oh-so-70s designs on them all. The cow mug is especially quirky - the cow is printed with unrelated  newsprint-style words and sitting behind it is a fish?? Dali meets British pottery...perhaps. 
As well as Greenwitch (see yesterday's post), I have also just started Haruki Murakami's After Dark. I have been meaning to read her books for some time and last week during another great op-shop jaunt, I found that one. Have you read her books? What do you think of them? This one reminds me so much of our trip to Japan and the slightly seedy world that was hinted at as we walked briskly past Tokyo's many alleyways at night...!


Bodecea said...

Murakami is a "he" ;-). I love his books but "After Dark" is one of his weakest... maybe try A Wild Sheep Chase or Kafka on the Shore :-)

Max said...

I have so many happy memories of hornsea. My grandparents went on holiday in a caravan near hornsea every year and every two years nana chose a new dinner service and we or my aunts inherited the old ones. I still had a full heirloom service until very recenly, but i've never seen the owl design before, i love it!

Feronia said...

@ Bodecea -

Ah, ok. I made a quick assumption because there is a photo of a woman on the back of the book that looked like an author pic. I'm finding After Dark very interesting so his other books can only be even better! Thanks for the suggestions.

@ Max -

What lovely memories :) Imagine a whole set of the owl pottery!