Monday, June 17, 2019
Hello, Your question about a pattern, "Hannah's Flowers," is no , there was no such pattern. I think what you saw probably was "Rachel's garden," also a blue and white pattern with flowers, usually painted within a square frame. There also were bugs.
Friday, May 17, 2019
Monday, April 29, 2019
To granddaughter of Margaret Gose: I am having difficulty in managing the posts on the blog with a new system by Google. However, to answer your quetion about the reasons for Iron Mountain closing, they are as follows: There was no natural gas in Johnson County, and we used propane for fuel to fire the ilns. However, propane cost a lot more than natural gas. There was a shortage of gas, and prices doubled. That was one reason. Another was increasing costs for insurance and labor, another, the high cost of bank interest (18%). Our kilns needed repair. Retailers took longer to pay for shipments. We always suffered from insufficient working capital. altogether, it was impossble to continue.
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Sat, Jan 26, 1:16 PM
Hello, Pat, Thanks for your inquiry. My daughter, Katie Lamb, has a shop here in Damascus, VA, where we live. In the shop she is selling the Iron Mountain Stoneware we still have. I asked her about the Blue Ridge plates. Thee are none of those, but she does have five Basic Black plates, which work well with Blue Ridge. There are a few in other patterns, too, including One of a Kind plates by my sister, Sally Patterson, and by Jim Kaneko.
You canreach her at her shop: meandlittletree.com
Regards, Nancy Lamb
Saturday, December 22, 2018
Sally Cone Patterson (b. Wausau, Wisconsin in 1932. d. Sacramento, California in 2007)
Sally grew up in Southern California. She graduated with a B.F.A. degree from the University of California at Berkley and subsequently earned her M.F.A. degree there in painting. After graduation, she spent a year abroad, traveling in Europe and attending the Hammersmith School of Art in England.
Sally taught art classes at the College of Holy Names in Oakland, California for several years. She also taught in the fine art department at American River College in Sacramento until coming to southwest Virginia 1964 to join her sister, Nancy, at Iron Mountain Stoneware.
Sally assisted in training the first employees. She taught them to love the clay. During the ten-week training course Sally inspired her pupils to create birdhouses, farm animals, and charming folk art with the clay. At the end of the training session, Sally began to paint on the stoneware bowls and platters. At first, she used a single brown pigment to paint abstractly her observations that “Trees edge the streams and fields, and one can always see another mountain beyond the one that’s close.” Each piece was an original, never like another, a One-of-a Kind.
In Virginia, Sally spent several years teaching for the University of Virginia Extension. Too, she taught art in the Washington County, Virginia Elementary Schools. A consultant to the State Art Education program, Sally produced a book illustrated with the art her children created.
As Iron Mountain’s range of decoration colors and glazes grew, so did Sally’s array of decorative one-of-a-kind pieces. In addition to platters and bowls, her paintings adorned teapots, pitchers, cups and mugs, as well as most of the ware shapes produced. She executed numerous commissions for kitchens, tile counters and backsplashes, and she created framed multiple-tile paintings. Sally and Jim Kaneko collaborated to design the decorations for Iron Mountain’s “Lookout Mountain” pattern, a bold and daring concept when it was introduced to the dinnerware market.
Sally’s charming drawings illustrated Iron Mountain sale advertising. She designed a series of distinctive gift boxes for the stoneware, also used to promote sales.
Sally’s unique One-of-a Kind decorated pieces are highly prized by collectors. Their value continues to escalate with the passing of every year.