Make way for noisy ducklings!



The Easter chicks have landed!

The fireplace mantel in our family room is never bare. It’s long, it’s plain old white, it’s just begging to be dressed up with a collection of something.

For Easter season, some of my pottery bird planters (plus a stray bunny friend) have come to visit. They’re all in cheerful Lu-Ray colors.


Boring white mantel! The starry quilt (made by my mom!) and the silvery-framed mirror are always there. Everything else changes with the season.

On one side, a big bluebird, a tiny chick, a green duckling, and that party-crashing rabbit.


On the other side, more noisy ducklings and an exuberant yellow songbird!


None of the critters are marked, except for the fat bluebird—he’s stamped “USA.”


You can see traces of cold paint on the beak. I like them better without the paint, though.

Some of them might be McCoy, or Shawnee, or some other American pottery. I don’t really care. I collect them for their charming shapes, not for their brand names.


More cold paint! The upside-down blue pot with butterflies is probably McCoy.

What I really love about this vintage pottery is their soft glazes. The way that the clay of the high-relief bits shows through the translucent glazes is so pretty.

Isn’t it funny that something so small can make me so happy?


3 Comments on “Make way for noisy ducklings!”

  1. Have a collection of the same style and variety of birds. Mine live outside on a shelf to give me some spring color. They migrate inside during winter.

    • luray says:

      Well howdy there, Miss Magpie! I love the idea of putting the birds outside for some fresh air and sunshine, but I’d be afraid to do it here. We get such extremes of weather. My birds’ll have to stay housebirds. No cages though! Thanks for visiting!

  2. janeray says:

    They’re so cute together! I didn’t know you had such a big collection! What *other* goodies do you have hidden away?