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.
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?”
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.
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.