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!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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