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Nearly every home in our country contains a piece of some kind of the famous willow pattern pottery.
For nearly two centuries, it has been one of the most popular of china designs, and many of us as children have looked in amazement at the neat little figures of the familiar willow pattern.

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The well known blue and white plate with Chinese characters and doves flying around actually has a romantic story attached to it.
Blue Willow Plate

Koong Shee was a mandarin’s daughter
and Chang was her lover, ah me,
For surely her father’s accountant
might never wed pretty Koong Shee.

So Chang was expelled from the compound,
The lover’s alliance to break,
and pretty Koong Shee was imprisoned
in a little blue house by the lake.

The doughty old mandarin reasoned
it was time that his daughter should wed,
and the groom of his choosing should banish,
that silly romance from her head
.Blue Willow Fence

In symbols the dress she should wear,
her headband of scarlet lay waiting,
she should ride in a gold wedding chair.

He was busily plotting and planning,
when a message was brought him one day,
young Chang had invaded the palace,
and taken his sweetheart away.

Blue Willow BridgeThey were over the bridge when he saw them,Blue Willow Boat
they were passing the big willow tree,
and a boat at the edge of the water,
stood waiting for Chang and Koong Shee.

The furious mandarin followed,
the groom with revenge in his eyes,
but the little boat danced on the water
and traveled away with the prize.

But vengeance pursued to their shelter
and burned the pagoda, they say
from out of the flames rose the lovers
a pair of doves winging away.

They flew toward the western heaven
the pretty Koong Shee and her Chang
or so says the famous old legend
from the land of the Yangtze Kiang.

Blue Willow BirdsI wouldn’t be one to deny it,
for the little blue dove and her mate
forever are flying together
across my Willow ware plate.

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Have you ever come up with a good idea while working with your handmade pottery and thought that you would like to share it with others? You have? Well, why not send it to us and we will add it to the tips page for all to see.

Handmade pottery can be a very gratifying hobby that produces fun and satisfying results. For many people it's an enjoyable release that is created by working an inanimate mound of clay into a beautiful work of art that you made through your artistic abilities.

The best way of starting out is to take a few lessons from Youtube. You will probably waste quite a bit in materials when you first get started. Figuring out how to truly make handmade pottery correctly and shape into what you want it to be can be quite an ordeal. The different tools that a normal shop will have can be fun to try. You will soon see which ones you like to use the most and then when you are ready you will know which ones to buy.

With the help of the internet, you can now purchase most if not all of your ceramic and pottery tools and supplies online. We are located far from any well supplied dealers and yet working with reliable ceramic and pottery suppliers online has allowed us to recieve most of our orders within a timely manner.

When you get all set up, just enjoy the hobby and have fun at it. Some people get pretty serious and start selling their creations at craft fairs and small stores, but others just like to create items for themselves, relatives, and friends. Whichever kind of handmade pottery you desire to endeavor, enjoy the hobby and have fun doing it.

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