Powered by Auction Hawk Cash Family / Clinchfield Pottery Cat Creamer Rare Up for auction today is a Cat Creamer by the Cash Family Pottery.
The stamp on the bottom says:
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The creamer stands 4.5" tall.
It is hand painted with a Green cover and Green "shoes" and a Golden Bow . The ears are the Golden color and the eyes are the Green color. The bottom "lip" is a deep Red color.
T are no visible fractures however, the "lip" has some of the glazing and paint missing.
This piece has hand written on the side Renfro Valley.
This piece is so rare that the Collector's Guide to Cash Family / Clinchfield Artware Pottery has no value listed.
On July 5, 1931, Ray Emory Cash (age 18) and Pauline Thomas Cash (age 16) were married in Erwin, Tennessee, w Ray worked at Blue Ridge Southern Potteries. After about six months of employment, Ray began buying and reselling Blue Ridge product via truckload to stores in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina and the rest of the state of Tennessee. Ray and Pauline eventually moved with Ray's parents to a location near Knoxville, TN, w they cooperatively opened and operated a gift shop, featuring Blue Ridge Pottery. In the beginning, the Cash Family covered their wares with tarps, while they lived in a tent beside their gift shop stand. The young Cash family eventually saved enough money from their sales to build a frame and brick building for their enterprise.
After five years in operation, Ray was drafted into the Army in 1939, and Pauline was forced to close the business. When Ray returned in 1943, he and Pauline returned to Ray's dream of having their own pottery, and moved back to Erwin w he built a 12' x 24' building behind their home, w they produced their first wares. From 1943 to 1945, Ray and Pauline created pieces from " Whiteware ," purchased in Ohio. Many shapes, sizes, and designs were created. The Cash Family painted these pieces with iridescent and pearlescent colors. Most items were not marked in the early years, but they were sold in many parts of the surrounding mid-Atlantic and southeastern US by the truckload.
In 1945 they finally bought their own kiln and opened Clinchfield Artware Pottery, the first name used by the Cash Family Pottery. They chose the name because their home was located on Clinchfield Street and the local railroad was named The Clinchfield . Many collectors and dealers have been confused by the first name of the pottery because it is so similar to another pottery located in the same town. Blue Ridge Southern Pottery opened under the name Clinchfield China, SPI . The most significant way for collectors and dealers to distinguish between the two potteries is that if the word ' artware ' is used after Clinchfield , it is Cash Family Pottery. The name was not changed to Cash Family Pottery until the mid-1950's. It was a family-owned and operated pottery.
Some of the mold makers worked for Clinchfield Artware Pottery at night while working for Blue Ridge Southern Potteries by day. The majority of the early pottery was in the form of full size antique reproductions of wash bowls and pitchers. Later, other molds were bought from mold manufacturers across the country. In 1957, Blue Ridge Southern Potteries, Inc. of Erwin, TN, closed and Cash Family Pottery bought all the casings and some of the molds for $200. Pauline estimated that over 1000 different molds were use by her pottery over the years. Pauline hired ladies from the areas to decorate their pottery. Some were experienced painters from other potteries in the area and some had to be taught to paint the patterns.T were fewer patterns used by the Cash Family in comparison to other potteries. However, the same patterns were painted in so many different colors and variations which present most beautifully. Each artist would often interject her own interpretation of a pattern that would show very differently, yet have the same ...