Occasionally I get questions in comments that I would like to answer, but I am always unsure of how to go about doing that.
If the person who asked the question has an email listed on their profile, I will go there and send a personal email answer. Sometimes there is no email listed on the profile.
This happened yesterday. One person wanted to know about my pottery collection. I think I have posted about it before but I don't remember, and this person is a new blog follower. How do I answer her?
That gets me to my real question. Some of you who have Blogspot blogs have a "reply" option. How do you get that? When you use it, does the reply get sent as an email or does the person who commented have to look back at the comments later?
And for those of you who do ask questions, do you expect, or look for, an answer?
I guess the easiest way for me to deal with this would be to request that bloggers link an email address in their profile. Then I could answer directly.
Now, about that pottery collection question. Here is the answer. I collect American pottery mostly from the 1940's through the 1960's, and mostly in matte white or gloss white.
About 75 pieces are McCoy. Another 35 are Shawnee. Others are Hager, Bauer, Hull, Caliente or California, with some "unknowns".
This cabinet has a collection of swans and another of ducks and other miscellaneous small pieces. There are a couple of Van Briggle pieces here too.
A few pieces come from family. Most I have purchased over the years from antique shops, antique shows, and on line. I buy what I like that doesn't cost too much.
One shelf is devoted to Puebloan pottery that we collected on a trip to New Mexico. We visited many pueblos and bought pieces from the artists in their homes. It was a wonderful experience.
The taller pot in the back, right corner is a family piece that was picked up in the 1940's by an aunt of Tom's. It is Hopi. We didn't get to the Hopi pueblo, so we bought a little companion piece for it in a gallery in Tucson. We went in October, after the tourist season, and everything was reduced in price 50%.
I have more pieces of pottery scattered around the house. And I do use some of them, especially in the summer for arranging flowers from our garden.
I have had many hours of fun hunting in shops for them. I can remember where I bought many of them, and I do have a written record of most of them - when and where I purchased them, how much I paid, and what the value was as listed in the identification and price guides I have.