I love when a column of mine elicits a response from readers.
So it goes with Janet Ratner.
You may remember that a couple of times last year, Ms. Ratner shared with us some of her collections — 1930s Shirley Temple glassware and textiles made with tobacco silks.
She shares another tale of collecting, this time Depression-era glassware, which casts a pink, green and yellow glow from the china cabinet of her Punta Gorda home.
Some of her glass is the machine-made glass we call Depression glass; other pieces, like the handmade blown-glass pink and green, or “watermelon” goblets, are so-called Elegant glass of the same era. They blend beautifully.
This was inspired by a column of mine published March 30-31 about combining fancy and casual dishes and glassware to refresh your table setting.
I love how Ms. Ratner evokes spring by changing out her glassware with the seasons.
I enjoyed her essay on collecting; I think you will, too:
“I always seek out the Collector’s Corner article in each edition of Florida Weekly.
“I was especially inspired to send this in after the article on ‘mixing fancy and formal to update a tired table setting’ from the March 31-April 6 edition.
“While growing up in a household with five children, parents and my grandmother, there was no such thing as a pretty table setting. We were thrilled to have dinner together each night.
“I first became aware of table settings when I volunteered to work each Fall at the Long Island Fair in Old Bethpage Restoration Village. There was a judged category for tablescapes.
“When I became interested in Depressionware, several ladies in my church began my collection with pink depression glass. I joined the Long Island Depression Glass Society, and they held an annual show at the Freeport Recreation Center. We moved my china cabinet down to Florida, and it displays most of my pink glass.
“At one of those shows I won a luncheon collection of yellow glass. My daughter became interested in the lovely green color, so we started purchasing green as well.
“When spring arrives, I love to mix and match all the colors in my tablescapes. When I discovered ‘watermelon glass,’ I was so happy, as the green stem and the pink top helped to unify the design.
“As a finishing touch, I hang one of the antique Depression quilts that I have restored to complete the spring theme.” ¦