Not for the first time I find myself with an accidental thrifting theme - this time it's birds.
This lovely fat little crystal bird turned out to be made by Hadeland of Norway when I got it home and removed the price label from the bottom. I'm not normally a big fan of crystal, but this is such an attractive, simple shape.
I am a big fan of John Clappison's designs, especially his animal mugs, so I was really happy to find this Hornsea chicken family mug. It must be 40+ years old, but the glaze is still as rich and glossy as new.
This owl vase/pot is a bit of a mystery item, and I paid a bit more than my usual thrifting limit for it.
Confession time : I was immediately drawn to it, not sure if it was the slightly John Clappison style of the design or the red lava-style glaze. I carried it around while I browsed the rest of the shop, decided it was too expensive and then hid it behind some books while I went to have a think about it. Does anyone else ever do that?
Well, obviously I went back for it, having Googled it on my phone in the meantime and found no trace of it, therefore convincing myself that I was unlikely to ever find another one and would regret not buying it. It's made by the Tyn Llan pottery in Wales, but that's all I know. Googling has only brought up images of big chunky pottery mugs with Celtic knotwork designs - no animals. Any information gratefully received.