My haul of Marcrest American Heritage dinnerware for the Vinyl Whores had me longing for my own collectible pattern. I found some pieces of Salem Biscayne, and I thought "Sure, why not?" But it didn't really send me, if you know what I mean. I keep finding myself drawn to the patterns with under glazes. Their patterns are put on before the finished glaze, so there is little or no fading of the pattern over time. I really like the almost watercolor quality this creates.
I had a look at the other Marcrest patterns and I really like the Stetson Green Pine:
It's not the easiest find, but not particularly rare either. I feel like the chances of finding these in a thrift or even an antique mall are slim. A couple Thrift Share Mondays ago I happened upon Disaster Cat's blog and subsequently her new Etsy shop Knick Knack Parade. I am proud to say I became her first Esty customer with my purchase of 4 dinner plates and 4 berry bowls of the Royal China Star Glow pattern. Behold:
With an under glaze and gold atomic stars, they are all I could want in a vintage dish. Due to the inclement weather, the package took forever to arrive. It then took me an extra day to get it out of the car as said inclement weather has had me parking a couple blocks away from my house. The last thing I needed was to trip and fall on the ice, breaking the dishes Disaster Cat had so lovingly packed. I am happy to say all 8 pieces arrived intact and are headed for the cupboard today. Perhaps tomorrows breakfast will be served on Star Glow.