Friday, February 10, 2012
C. Miller Pottery Circa 1957. When I Found The First I Wondered If I Had Scored Big. By The Time I Found The Second I Realized I Had Not. Status: Loved None The Less.
These coffee warmer carafes by C. Miller (1957) are so utterly representative of the late '50s! Slightly atomic, sorta kitschy, imminently useful and totally beautiful! Oh wait...I forgot easily collectible...'cuz they ain't worth the millions of dollars I had hoped!
Sometimes it just don't matter what your collectibles are worth, worth being so ephemeral and
subjective. You can't walk into hardly any retro shop without tripping over an Eames Shell
armchair for $350 but just try to find five of these for sale...and you can't even warm your
coffee in an old fiberglass chair! It's cool though, I'll keep buying these up for the couple ten
bucks or whatever (I think I got the first one for like $4 at Value Village) and then someday
everybody will realize how silly awesome these really are and I'll have like a million of them...
ready to dole out...to support myself in my old age.
Ain't it totally cool to see that these have been used! There's a burned down candle in each of
the bases. Cleaning up the spent wax off the outside of them this morning before shooting was
kind of a chore. But nothing but the best for you guys! I should be sponsored by Bounty paper
towels and Goof-Off heavy duty cleaner. Instead, I think they are sponsored by me.
I've seen two other styles of these carafes. One is like the blue and black one but mostly brown
and the other is a lot like the pink and brown one in shape but the blocks of color are more
defined. Finding these with the base seems to be difficult. You can find a few of the decanters
alone places like eBay and etsy. I almost picked up another a while back but it's base was
broken and glued back together. No thanks. Plus it was just like the blue one. Like I need a
duplicate...with a broken base. I ain't got enough broken stuff?
Anybody else have one of these? Where are all of these hiding? Who the heck is C. Miller?
Questions questions questions. Who else needs a hot cuppa joe?