Friday, September 5, 2008

.49 x 6

new grey collection

I´m still never sure which spelling of gray/grey I prefer. According to The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th ed., grey is a variant of gray; gray having the far healthier definition (: of or relating to an achromatic color of any lightness betrween the extremes of black and white, etc.). At any rate, it´s a fabulous color with two spellings that has stolen my heart in terms of vintage bread and butter plates. Last year, you might remember I found a small steal of gray/grey Fiestaware bread and butters for fifty cents each. The color was so inspiring, in fact, that we painted our interior walls with it in mind last year. Long story short (or short story long, at this point), it dawned on me that I should look for other makers of vintage ceramic plates in gray/grey glazes. Hello, new collection. I found six pieces of the Harkerware plate photographed above on my latest thrifting excursion - and oh, I love it! Also, it looks great with the Fiesta.

Two questions:
  1. what spelling of gray/grey do you prefer?*
  2. do you know of any American china companies that used a gray/grey glaze, 1940s - 1950s?
*to me, gray seems like the feminine, grey the masucline

6 comments:

Corley said...

I prefer "grey."

Corley said...

I prefer "grey."

Madge said...

me too - grey

Lenox Knits said...

I think I prefer gray but I don't know why.
I love when I find a new excuse to start a collection. Happy hunting for your gray/grey dishware!

Vonlipi said...

I can't say which I prefer. For me gray looks french and grey looks english. Why? I honestly have no idea. Maybe it is because I am french speaking....

Kate said...

I'm really late to this game, but I prefer "grey" because my very first kitty was named Grey. He died when I was 10. He was wonderful. He was 17 and still looked like a (large) kitten.