Collections wanted

Recently my elderly aunt told me who was looking for a new home for her small Nemadji collection. Each carries a memory of a special road trip stopping at thrift and antique stores in search of the pottery produced in Moose Lake, MN. The hunt is always the best part of collecting. My collection is a lot bigger. And as such–we also have lots of special memories.

I am no longer actively collecting myself. But, unlike my auntie I’m not ready to give up my collection. That said, when serious collectors amass large collections it’s important to have a plan when the inevitable downsizing happens. Without a plan in place the planning often falls to family left behind to sort, sell, donate or toss.

Outlets for Nemadji sales include Ebay, ETSY, estate auctions or garage sales. These are all good avenues to liquidate small collections in a hurry. Another option is to find serious collectors seeking to build their own collections. From time to time, I’m contacted by folks looking to do just that.

Let me know if you have a collection to sell and I’ll pass the appropriate information along.


Nemadji Video Story PBS

Pow Wow regalia for the Fond du Lac Veterans’ event.

In 2016 I promised a good friend that I would make a dress and dance at the next veterans pow-wow. He has since passed away.  I have been working on these items for the past couple of months.  I will dance in honor of my friend and all the veterans who served our country.

Is there any interest in purchasing Nemadji online?

From time to time I sell duplicates of Nemadji Pottery at an antique shop in Moose Lake, Minnesota.  I would like to know if there is any interest to purchase pieces on this blog?  Payment would be via Paypal.  If there is any interest please message me. I would be willing to post photos and prices of one or two pots to test the market.


Bargains to be had

Recently I stopped in to Lakeside Traders in Moose Lake, Minnesota. (Full disclosure, I sell the duplicates from my collection there.)  I love to check out the items offered by other sellers.  Normally I do not buy new items for my collection, but one piece caught my eye. It was an unmarked20170225_144820.jpg Nemadji birdhouse and it was priced at $2.00.  How could I say no to that?

This is why I was first drawn to Nemadji pottery.  Over the years the prices have climbed, but you can still find a gem at bargain basement prices if you are willing to keep your eyes open and know what to look for.

Garage sale season is nearly here.  Study up on what you collect and enjoy the hunt!



Nemadji Pottery sale?

Greetings, I am wondering if there is any interest to purchase Nemadji Pottery via this blog. At present I am selling my duplicates at Lakeside Traders in Moose Lake, MN.  They are selling well…but wanted to see if anyone outside our area would be interest.  Please offer comments. Thank you.

Wow, a very hot Nemadji Pottery Collectors Weekend in Moose Lake, Minnesota

I wasn’t sure how Nemadji collectibles would sell this summer in Moose Lake. If this weekend is any indicator, I would have to say I’d better go through my collection and look for duplicates.  In the past two days I have had to restock twice.  It seems all styles, eras and colors are hot, hot, hot.  The old red clay pieces made with clay dug from Nemadji Township were flying out the door.  These pieces are from the 1950’s made in Moose Lake, Minnesota.  Many of them are on their way to southern Minnesota to a new home.  I would be interested to hear how the collecting and selling is doing in other parts of the country.

Selling my duplicates, this is hard!


As we move closer to retirement we are downsizing our household.  For me that means selling some of my duplicate pieces of Nemadji Pottery collected over 35 years.  This is hard.  I remember the excitement of hunting and collecting each piece. Now it is time to share that pleasure with others.  Nemadji collecting is still very strong, unlike other collectible pottery. I believe that is because the prices are within the range of new collectors who are just discovering this pottery made in Moose Lake and Kettle River Minnesota.  If you are collecting, remember collect what you love. You may have it for awhile.  I have enjoyed my collection….and it always gives me pleasure to see the pieces on display in my home. If you have questions….feel free to ask, I will do my best to share my info with you.

Happy Hunting.


Country Living appraises Nemadji pot

Years ago, when I first started collecting Nemadji there was little information available.  When the Internet developed my first couple of searches pulled up nothing about the Pottery.  Today, you could spend a week, clicking and reading about the pottery made in Minnesota’s Arrowhead Region.

Today I did a search and there were 64,400 mentions, including the one below.

Country Living Magazine’s collecting panel, Marsha Bemko of Antiques Roadshow, Marsha Dixey of Heritage Auctions, U.S. art and furniture expert Helaine Fendelman, and American Pickers host Mike Wolfe, appraise fine collectibles.

Follow the link below to their evaluation of a Nemadji Indian Pottery piece.

Country Living Magazine “what its worth?” 

Scandinavian Children and The Myth of Nemadji


From time to time, we come across some very interesting descriptions of Nemadji pottery and its history.

From this point on, I will be sharing those we find.  This one from Ebay conjures up tiny little Scandinavian children working their fingers to the bone, producing Nemadji Pottery. I also especially enjoy the Native American mention.

“Today, many people associate Nemadji Pottery with Native American crafts. This is not the case. Nemadji pottery was actually produced by children of Scandinavian immigrants. Nemadji Tile and Pottery started production in Moose Lake, Minnesota, in 1923. Originally producing Nemadji tile, Nemadji Pottery was produced during the Depression to fuel tourist markets, usually in the western and northeastern United States. The pottery was marketed as “resembling” ancient Indian works. This is when Nemadji pottery became known as “Indian” pottery. Nemadji Pottery was made using clays from the Nemadji River, thus the “Indian” name. Nemadji is a word from the Ojibwa, also known as Chippewa, language.
              Nemadji Pottery is very distinctive in look. It is typified by its “swirled paint” look. This look was developed by Eric Hellman in 1929. Hellman went on to work for Van Briggle Pottery before World War II and opened the Garden of the Gods Pottery in Colorado Springs in 1950.”