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Midnight1208's loves668 of 1029Unidentified object...Two Small Paintings By V. Hoffman 8"x 10" and 10"x 14"/Circa 1956-1969
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    Posted 5 years ago

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    I found this little vase in the antique store in Tehachipi the other day too. This one is marked 'Desert Sands'. Reminds me a lot of Nemadji. i don't know the history yet though.

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    1. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      Very much like Nemadji pottery...nice find ! :)
    2. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
      thank you mikelv85!
    3. CanyonRoad, 5 years ago
      There was an article about Desert Sands Pottery in an early Deseret News, that has been shared online on another forum. I'll see if I can find the link, if you haven't found it yet.

      The company was based in Boulder City, Nevada, in the late 1940s to early 1960s.

      The difference between Desert Sands and Nemadji is that Desert Sands was actually made from colored clays "marbled" together (similar to "neriage" in Japan), while Nemadji pottery was colored by plain old enamel Pittsburgh Paint, suspended in water to which a little vinegar was added. Nemadji, in their accompanying paperwork, implied the colors came from different clays, but it didn't. It was a surface treatment, similar to marbling paper
    4. CanyonRoad, 5 years ago
      Found it. The article appeared in the Deseret News, July 15, 1951, on page 32.

      The newspaper can be found on line:

      I forgot to mention the other main difference between Nemadji and Desert Sands, was that Desert Sands pottery was thrown on a potter's wheel (which created the swirled patterns of clay), while Nemadji pottery was slipcast (poured in molds.)
    5. AmatoorPikr, 5 years ago
      Very nice piece!

      I don't have a Desert Sand, but I have one Nemadji, and it feels like sand paper to the touch.

      This looks like it has a nice overcoat of glaze, very appealing!!!
    6. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
      thank you for that info CanyonRoad. very interesting info, and if it's true, i have more respect for them than the Nemadji folks. the pot is very beautiful, but it's pretty simple and that swirl pattern gave them a tried and true pattern which was very saleable to tourists. thank you AmatoorPikr! yes, it appears to have a glossy clear glaze over the colored clays.
    7. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
      it's very nicely finished and has good, uniform thickness, and good proportion too.
    8. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      Hi friend - I have a hefty 3"x2.5" or so salt shaker marked Desert Sands. It looks just like your wonderful vase. Thanks Canyon for the research.
    9. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
      thanks valentino97! have you posted a pic of it yet?
    10. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      I will do that right now....
    11. antiquerose antiquerose, 5 years ago
      Yes reminds me of the other pottery too -- Sweet !!

      Here is some Info on it:
    12. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
      thank you antiquerose!

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