Folk Art

Make-Do Cream Pitcher from Thayer Collection
  • I've always loved the early make-do repaired pieces because show us how precious things were to our ancestors. Although a make-do is a utilitarian object that has had repairs to make it serviceable or turn it into something else they fall into both the categories of Folk Art and Decorative Arts. I find that so many of them are great folk art because they really show the creative ability of non-artists who make the most of an accidental break.

    We are always accused of being a throw-away society (and I agree with that accusation) but the ultimate in green living is to waste not, want not. When something broke, our ancestors fixed it or repurposed it into something usable. “Waste Not Want Not” is the philosophy behind make-do objects and also the name of the only book I’ve found about Make-Do. The book is by Donald P. Naetzker. It is out of print but sometimes found on used book sites. When I can find a decent copy at a good price, I offer it for sale.

    This is another make-do from the collection of the late Robert Thayer. Make do creamware cream pitcher who lost its handle. It was repaired with tin handle attached with two tin straps. The sweet pitcher has a cream body with pink berries and green leaves. 3 1/2" tall x ~ 5 1/2" from handle to spout tip. A number of hairline cracks and chipping to top edge. Crazing and some darkened areas. But, it’s a make-do. You don’t want perfection! Collection of late Robert Thayer

    #6688    $295

    Reference: Naetzker, Donald P., Waste Not, Want Not: The Art of the Make-Do, 1986.