Monday, July 21, 2008

Vintage Mikasa

mikasalogo Mikasa is one of my favorite makers of vintage ceramics. Over the years they have produced hundreds of dinnerware patterns, which makes them readily available and affordable thrift store finds. With so many patterns and designers, I can't say that there's a particular Mikasa style, yet I always seems to recognize a Mikasa piece before I flip it over to find the tell-tale Mikasa logo. Another nice thing about collecting Mikasa is that it's usually marked with the pattern name.

I like the colors and shapes of these simple designs:



Left: Pink Duplex by Ben Seibel; Upper Right: Yellow Trellis by Ben Seibel; Lower Right: Ironstone creamer (pattern unknown)

Some styles have luscious nature and botanical themes:

mikasastrawberryhillplatter MikasaHilltopPlate Mikasapoppyplate

L to R: Strawberry Hill, Hilltop, California Poppies

And some just have the most amazing graphic patterns:

Top L: Light N Lovely Windmill from Etsy seller Modish Vintage, Top R: Coffee pot from Etsy seller Ginchy Gear, Lower L: Mikasa Cali Bou from Kultur*'s Flickr photostream, Lower R: Duplex Granada from VisuaLingual's Flickr photostream.

Mikasa has been in business since 1948, and is still in production today. You can read more about them here.

Check out the Flickr Vintage Mikasa and Pyrex group pool for more great Mikasa photos.

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