Martha by Mail ~ Great Big Mixing Bowls
The Great Big Mixing Bowls were commissioned many years ago from the Robinson Ransbottom Pottery Company (they were in business from 1900 to 2005) by the designers of the Martha by Mail catalog. Generously proportioned and quite heavy for their size, the set of 3 nesting bowls came in either a white or yellow glaze (I've found this particular shape & style often referred to as 'mustard mixer'). Using traditional methods and the thinnest of glazes, one can see how the master potters at Robinson Ransbottom worked to make these bowls unique pieces of stoneware. A small drip or pop in the glaze here, a nick in the clay there are just some of the endearing characteristics of these mixing bowls. I invite you to take a closer look at these pieces from my collection. They are beautiful bowls.
"These generously sized stoneware bowls are created using traditional methods and unrefined clay, then finished with a light glaze. Made by a century-old American company, the hefty, vintage pottery bowls are pretty enough for baking and serving every day."
The Great Big Mixing Bowls.
Nested, they don't take up a lot of room, but they are very heavy. It takes a considerable amount of effort to move the entire set all at once.
Note: these bowls were a bit problematic for Martha by Mail to ship because of their weight. I had to order these several times (with a special request to have extra padding put into my shipping box) just to have them arrive in tact. They were packaged (like picture above) with cardboard dividers in between each bowl, but the bottom of the box lacked the correct amount of padding. More often then not, the set arrived cracked or broken.
Small bowl measures 4 1/4" high with an 8" diameter.
Medium bowl measures 5 3/4" high with a 10" diameter.
Large bowl measures 7 1/2" high with a 12" diameter. This bowl is large and capacious. The bowls are stamped with the diameter, Roseville, Ohio, U.S.A. and R.R.P.Co.
Note for the collector: I advise you to carefully examine this particular bowl for cracks or signs of breakage. This was perhaps the most damaged bowl of the entire set during shipping.
Do not confuse this company with Roseville Pottery. The stamp R.R.P.Co stands for Robinson Ransbottom Pottery.
These are certainly heirloom pieces.
Martha uses these in her kitchen at Skylands, her home in Maine (pictured above).