Hadley Pottery Celebrates Rich Holiday Traditions with New Pieces for 2011’s Most Memorable Family Events

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Hadley is continuing its wonderful tradition of being a part of the holiday table with a collection of new pottery items for 2011.The holiday collection will be available online and in stores across the country beginning October 10.

Hadley Pottery, maker of hand-crafted stoneware for 70 years, has introduced a new collection of holiday tableware and other collectible items. For Thanksgiving, Hadley is offering two beautiful serving platters which can both be personalized. For the winter holidays, Hadley has a new assortment of ornaments, serving dishes, mugs, bowls and platters. The items come in a variety of themes and price points, so they are equally at home on the holiday table or beneath the family Christmas tree.

Dedicated Hadley collectors will be eager to get their hands on Hadley’s new 12 Days of Christmas platter, which is sure to be an heirloom piece treasured by generations to come. Due to its intricate design, all 12 Days of Christmas platters will be personally hand-painted by Hadley’s head decorator, Sue Tolle, who has been painting Hadley’s unique whimsical designs for over 40 years. “It is very exciting for me to create a piece illustrating a holiday song that’s so familiar and beloved to so many people,” Tolle says. Featuring familiar Hadley figures depicting everything from 12 Drummers Drumming to a Partridge in a Pear Tree (and all the days in between), this 15-inch platter is a must-have centerpiece for any Hadley holiday collection.

For another special series, Hadley has joined forces with its long-time retailer, Harmonious Hedgehog of Terre Haute, Indiana, to offer 3 pieces in the Falala pattern, including an 8” deep bowl, an oversized cocoa mug, and a 12” rimmed plate. The pattern features a family of carolers in Hadley’s traditional blue-and-white tones.

Hadley Pottery has long offered a dated collectible ornament and small oval platter each holiday season, and this year both items feature a theme of “Believe.” Also this year, the company is introducing a new “Goodies” plate, in both an 8” and 11” size. According to Owner Fred Meyland-Smith, “Hadley collectors are enthusiastic bakers, and these Goodies plates are the perfect way to show off Christmas cookies and other treats over the holiday season. They also make wonderful gifts for anyone who loves to bake, even if they do not yet collect Hadley Pottery.”

Meyland-Smith says the Hadley brand is all about food and family, which means that Hadley pieces are frequently a primary focus of the Thanksgiving table. In 2011, Hadley is offering two beautiful new serving platters in a variety of sizes. To Grandmother’s House We Go and Let Us Give Thanks patterns feature elements familiar to the Hadley brand, including the Hadley house, Farmer and Wife, and the beloved Hadley dog. Both platters can be personalized, and Hadley suggests that collectors place their orders no later than Wednesday, November 2 to ensure delivery in time for the November 24th holiday.

About Hadley Pottery
Inspired by the designs of renowned artist Mary Alice Hadley, Hadley Pottery is an American classic, cherished by everyday users, enthusiasts, and collectors across the United States and around the world. Often described as simple, whimsical, and warm, the hand-painted Hadley designs are remarkable in their ability to capture the essence and emotion of a time, a place, or a memory.

Hadley stoneware is extremely durable, and is often used by collectors as their every day china. Made from clay native to Kentucky and Indiana, the stoneware is hand-painted, glazed, and then kiln-fired at 2100 degrees Fahrenheit, making it highly resistant to chipping and scratching. It is lead-free and oven, microwave, and dishwasher-safe. Each hand-crafted piece is signed by an artist trained by a protégé of Mary Alice Hadley. The hand painted signature is the mark of genuine Hadley stoneware. Visit us online at http://www.hadleypottery.com and download our catalog.

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