With her furrowed brows she looks cranky, but prop her up and you will spot a sweet smile to this vintage piece of American Art Pottery.
Born from her love of animals, Kay Finch first created clay figurines as a hobby, but soon, during World War 2 the demand and appreciation for her whimsical creations increased.
It is easy to see why, but unfortunately that can only happen when you hold one, like this piggy. She is boxy, chubby, humpy, with an ice cream swirly tail, and baby-like. We held her under one arm by the tail (she is light), like a football, and couldn't put her down.
There is something infectious and adorably sentimental about this pig-we don't know what is is, but she has it. She is old, has crazing line in her glaze from age, but it does not seem to matter. Kay Finch truly designed a piece that captured America's fancy.
Hand made and painted with pink and violet flowers, along with two cheeky hearts, there is another plus to this finely made lady. Unlike many ceramics seen today, partially glazed on the inside of the base only, this pig is completely glazed on the inside, giving the ceramic a sturdier feel. A very, very nice, and cute friend.
Stamp signed on the underside: Kay Finch, California.
Origin: California; pre-owned; c.1947-1963
Dimensions: 7 1/2"L x 5 3/4"H x 5 1/2"W (ear to ear)
Condition: Good. Fine crazing lines are seen throughout the piece. There are no chips, cracks, or stains. The colors are sharp with no wear and the glaze is smooth and shiny (use care when holding as the glaze is glossy).
Although this was designed as a piggy bank, we have yet to find any Kay Finch piggies online with a plug on the base; they are all open. There is one larger foot but we do not know if it was corked or covered with a substance such as felt. As they are now collector pieces, perhaps this piggy should not hold clangy change.