Vaillancourt Folk Art Weekend … the Results!

Joan, my mentor painter at Vaillancourt Folk Art, has put the finishing touches on the chalkware Santa that I created at Collector’s Weekend earlier this month.  And, it’s on its way to my door.  I can’t wait to see the finished figure.

I’ll be featuring the Vaillancourt Studio in the Christmas issue.  They are one of the few artisan workshops still making things the “old-fashioned” way in the USA!

Vaillancourt Collector’s Weekend 2011


Celebrate365’s Connie Porcher kicked off the Saturday lecture series …

Decorating the Tree … An Evolution

April 30, 2011

Vaillancourt Collector’s Weekend


Sunday – Painting a chalkware Santa

Joan assists us with colors and plenty of instructions. She has been a Vaillancourt painter for 27 years!

VALFA-Porcher-Santa Each novice painter received a fully-painted sample as a guide. Our Santa’s coat was pre-painted to insure we could work with a dry form.

My Santa version is on the left, the artist’s model is on the right. You will see that I took some "liberties" in order to finish within the required time.

Yes, I would have loved holly on Santa’s hood … but I think that I would still be painting!

Antique Spatterware Christmas Tree Ornament

Antique Spatterware China and the Exclusive Spatterware Ornament
Antique Spatterware China and the Exclusive Spatterware Ornament

Exclusive Design from Artistry of Poland

This item is available exclusively at

  • Edition size: 25
  • 3″ ball ornament
  • Handpainted in Poland
  • Comes in a red gift box
  • The perfect gift for the spatterware or antiques collector!

The ornament pays homage to a rare antique ceramic design — spatterware Christmas tree festoon pattern.

Spatterware is a brightly colored tableware made in England for export to the United States and other countries between 1810-1850. It reached its peak between 1830-1840.

Manufactured in England’s fames Stafordshire district, the table ware was considered too gaudy for refined British tastes. It made its way to the Pennsylvania Dutch are where housewives purchased it as every day tableware.

Spattware has a finely sponged or dotted look. The spattering itself was applied in black, blue, brown, green, red, purple and yellow paint. There are over 60 known patterns of decoration, along with many variations, including birds, flowers, buildings, fruits and rainbow colors.

Patterns such as the Christmas Tree are rare. Can’t you almost picture a German-speaking farm family enjoying a wee bit of whimsy with this Christmas china?

For more information about Spatterware and its patterns, please visit these sites: