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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.
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.
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 unmarked 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!
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.
While I was out and about today I ran into some Nemadji collectors. It’s always fun to hear about found bargains. It seems garage sales in the Moose Lake area still have lots of “gold” to mine. Dave and Jeanne told me about a great bargain they snapped up on a Nemadji Pottery lamp. Listening to their stories…it’s true the early bird catches the worm. The photos above include the old showroom sign used at the Nemadji Pottery plant in Kettle River. I purchased it when the plant closed its doors for good in 2002. The pottery plaque was created especially for me. I use it when I do my presentations about the history of Nemadji Pottery and Tile. It might just be the last piece of Nemadji to be created. I have also added a photo of the new art installation in Moose Lake, Minnesota. It represents the amazing history of our little town which is the gateway of the Arrowhead Region.
I love my little Garden of the Gods pots by Eric Hellman. There are also a couple of small pieces of Nemadji. They display nicely.
This is a segment of a new archway that was assembled in Moose Lake, Minnesota this summer by Larson Clayworks . I especially love this piece of the archway as it honors the history of Nemadji pottery and tile in Moose Lake. If you visit the city, the artwork is located next to the library. I would love to see your selfie next to this!
All photos (C) 2014 by Michelle Lee
Raw Nemadji Clay, found near Moose Lake, MN
Banks of the Nemadji River
We went on a mission to dig Nemadji Clay. Didn’t have to go far to find it, as the Nemadji River snakes its way throughout Carlton County. Nemadji Township was the site of an early brick works factory in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The clay was easily found. The old township sign can still be found, although it seems to move around a bit. Last time I was out there it was on the other side of the gravel road.
Eric Hellman was hired by Nemadji Pottery and Tile to create and design the first line of Nemadji pottery and to create master molds that would set the stage for decades of production for the Moose Lake based pottery. He also introduced the “cold” painting process that gave Nemadji Pottery its unique swirls.
This is a link to newspaper article about Eric Hellman.
to see more of Hellman’s work, visit Broadmoor Pottery