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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.

Nemadji Collectors


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.

Garden of the Gods Pottery miniatures


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.

Moose Lake, Minnesota Artwork Featuring Nemadji


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!

Nemadji Township



All photos (C) 2014 by Michelle Lee


Nemadji Township



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.