Weeping Gold

Don't cry, little dish!!


I always thought weeping willow trees were the extent of beautiful things named for sadness, but then I learned about weeping gold.

This metallic crybaby is a cutie for sure.


The glam style of weeping gold is easy to identify because it has a really distinctive pattern of gold-over-gold, with splattering and organic shapes of gold being dripped over an already-gold glazed piece of ceramic.


Gold, gold, gold!


Oftentimes real gold was used and the karat amount marked on the bottom. Trouble with that was, well, gold is 'spensive.


Although weeping gold pieces started out as mostly home decor items, by mid-20th century, the manufacturers of these fancies realized all that gold was costing an awful lot and their profits weren't what they'd like them to be.


To cleverly circumvent this problem, they kept the same technique for weeping gold but started applying it to smaller items. This must have worked out pretty well for them because the industry stayed pretty hot for a couple of decades afterwards.

Now you can find weeping gold in thrift shops and estate sales. The cost of collecting these pieces is surprisingly low considering that many have actual gold content in them. Occasionally, you'll see a midcentury piece that has a weeping gold inset into another color (popular at the time were black, pink, and teal), which I have to suspect could have arisen as another ploy to minimize the surface area of gold on larger items Or perhaps it was just a beautiful strike of genius in style at the time.....