My Blue Ridge Plates

I recently discovered the wonderful world of Blue Ridge Ceramic dishware quite by accident.  A few weeks ago I saw an ad on Craigslist for some oriental carpets that an American expat couple had up for sale.  I gave them a call, jotted down their address and drove  about an hour through the countryside with my daughter to go take a look. The carpets were lovely and I ended up purchasing two of them, but the couple had something else out for sale that day which immediatly attracted my attention. On a large table, they had set out many stacks of bright ceramic plates, saucers and trays. As I stepped over to get a closer look at the beautiful and obviously hand painted flowers on the plates, the woman began to explain to me what they were. She said they were called Blue Ridge China and they were made in Appalachia from 1930 to 1957. Continue reading