PHOTOS BY STEVE SMITH, VISIONFIRE STUDIOS

Ceramic Christmas Trees are this season’s biggest trend

I remember the year my grandparents decided not to put up their Christmas tree and opted for a ceramic tree with tiny plastic lights that they centered on a side table in their living room. I couldn’t have been more disappointed if Santa forgot to leave the sponge toffee in my stocking. I thought they had been drained of their Christmas spirit. Where would their presents go? Where was the tinsel? Remember, this was the ’70s. Fast forward 45ish years later and Ho Ho Holy Moly that same greenware that everyone’s mum and auntie were firing into the kiln at their local ceramics class have made a huge comeback.
Aldona Gerrior, owner of Grannies Antiques in Antigonish, says that there has been a returned interest in the retro holiday decoration for almost four years. She is often on the hunt for the real vintage pieces that been up in the attic cavorting with the crocheted doilies for the last couple of decades. When she can’t keep up with the demand she actually paints her own from moulds that she purchased and thinks they are closer to the real retro deal than pieces that are showing up in the holiday décor sections of big retailers who have jumped on the trend.
“It was the thing to do back then. Ceramics class was a night out with the girls,” says Mary K MacKinnon of Westville, who made several illuminated trees and gifted them to family and has started to build a small collection of her own.
In good condition a piece of this kitschy clay can cost you over a $100. Serious collectors looking for the more limited variations of the classic moulds can be even pricier.
“There is a real love for that mid-century modern décor these days,” say Aldona. “There is something about these pieces that I love. There is such a charm to them.”