Designed by Nancy Patterson Lamb for Iron Mountain Stoneware
in the mid-1970s, select pieces of "Martha's Flowers" are in the
collection of the Smithsonian's American Art Museum.
These 3 inch porcelain cups & saucers were handmade in Tennessee and
purchased from the manufacturer in 1981.
From IronMountainStoneware.blogspot.com: "According to
an article written in the Reading, Pennsylvania newspaper, the Eagle, on June
26, 1975 the pattern, Martha's Flowers was a 'nod' to the upcoming bicentennial
of the United States. This Delft-like pattern of blue flowers on a blue-gray
background resembles some salt-glazed pottery in color and was one of, if not
first, the patterns requiring individual artist attention to create the designs
on each piece with carefully placed brushstrokes of blue. Still very popular today, this pattern fell
into the mid-price range of the stoneware from a price list in 1988."