Friday, June 17, 2011

What am I Gunda take?

Yesterday Kylie at Lucy Violet Vintage showed an item she would save from her house if there was a fire, kids, pets and photos being a given. It got me thinking. Plus, my ever lovin' daughter is always asking me that question, "What would you save if the house was on fire?" Or, even more disturbingly, "What vintage clothing can I have when you die?"

Well, I have thought about it, and funnily enough, the two items I would take with me are sitting right next to the front door.
My Gunda vase, signed Gunda 12
I got this at the Channon Markets years ago for next to nothing. I can  remember buying it, very, very, clearly, because somebody was destashing their collection of Australian pottery, for prices next to nothing! (It was like a lolly shop!) I, fool that I was, only got the Gunda. This is one of the deep regrets of my life. I know that it is said that one shouldn't live with regrets, but as god is my witness, I will go to my death bed declaring, "Why oh why didn't I buy more of that mid century pottery at that market!"

 These pics are from Craft Victoria pagefor Gunda. His work was a bit of an enigma until recently. He was a Latvian ...who came to Australia in the 50's and was influenced by European, rather that Australian designs. I love his early modernist designs, and would love to collect the black and yellow pieces.

This Gunda pic from KittysVintage Kitsch
My other treasured possession, Jedda bowl, signed Jedda Australia, 36
My little bowl is meticulously handpainted and has a lovely elliptical shape.

I got it on one of my trips back to Adelaide in a little town in the Barossa.  It was one of the best antique shops my sister and I had ever been to. We got a massive haul. When I returned to Adelaide six months later, I had forgotten its name and location, so for ever more that town is called Brigadoon to us.

The brand Jedda was a pottery manufacturer that set up manufacturing  in 1955, to cash in on Australia's first colour movie Jedda. They are identified by their faux aboriginal motifs and were popular in homewares and tourist items.  I think my little bowl looks more African than Australian Aboriginal but I still love the colours.

Jedda ramekins at Rameking
There is a really blog here to the Rameking where you can learn anything about ramekins. It is the only place I have found any mention of Jedda on the net.

I am playing with Vintage Thingy Thursday


  1. Isnt hind site a pain in the neck?Least you got one you coulda not bought that either lol.
    Tell me your dancers are you selling them on Etsy?

  2. Just got your message hard choice but I am thinking Miss Bertha or Miss Myrtle tell me which has the prettier face.Do you want me to buy thru Made It or Etsy?Also I want to make some of the waltz garlands for the Fete can you tell me how?My email is on my profile if you want to send me any of above info xxx

  3. love the Rameking blog...that guy sure know alot about ramekins...that must be why he's called the Rameking!

    "Regrets...I've had a few" (sorry Nick, couldn't help myself!)

    I love your Gunda no 12 and you should kick yourself for not buying more, or say three Hail Mary's, two Our Father's and a Glory Be to the Father too!

    I have some Jedda pottery but sadly no Gunda, but one day I'm gunna!

    I'm on a roll and it's time to get off x

  4. Don't think I've ever seen pottery like that before - its very unusual, quite striking!

  5. Stunning pieces. Yup, I'm always thinking about stuff that I should've bought - I'm a bit of a saddo really!

  6. Ive had many a regret over not getting something, but hey at least you got one fabulouys piece of their destash! Scarlett x

  7. Oh I can see why you regret not getting more - the vase is great. Love the Jedda dish too - always interesting learning about designers I know nothing about (that's most of them then!)

  8. What interesting and lovely pieces of pottery. I have not seen this before. Enjoyed learning and seeing it.



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