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My Collection of Ceramic Figurines

Updated on April 20, 2013

My Animal Collection Plus Some Good Friends

I love cute little things like my collection of ceramic figurines. I have cat figures, dog figures, pig figurines, duck figures, bears eating fish, a donkey figurine pulling a cart full of rocks, a lizard, a chef, a cowboy, and a Dutch girl, and more. So much more.

I also collect other smalls (this term means small collectible items in the antiques world), but this lens is devoted to my animal collection plus a few of their good friends.

Through the years, I've collected these small figurines, planters, bottles, erasers, etc. I've inherited a few of these guys, like the blue cat planter and the turquoise Chinese dog shown later. I have to say, it's pretty darned thrilling to walk into a thrift store or an antiques store and spot a gem.

Photo of a few of my ceramic figurines.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Cat Figurines Are Purr-fect
Cat Figurines Are Purr-fect

Cat Statues

Cat Figures Make Me Smile

I love cats. These cat figurines are all a bit larger than many of the other ceramic figurines in my collection. Here's a rundown of these pretty girls:

Blue Cat Planter: I've had this blue cat planter the longest. This cat was around the house when I was growing up. In her prime, Mom grew a long skinny cactus in her and she had quite the tail. For some reason, no one else wanted her! Can you believe that? Score!

Cats in a Basket: I was the lucky winner of the three cats hanging out of the basket at an auction. They are adorable. I store some sweet gum balls in the basket.

Cat and Cart: The cat pulling the cart was also an auction find. I really need to add something to this pretty girl's cart so she can earn her keep.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Dog Statues Minding Their Own Business
Dog Statues Minding Their Own Business

Dog Statues

Dog Figurines in More Than Just Ceramic

My dog statues or dog figures are not all ceramic but they all wanted to crowd into the photograph.

Clear Dog: See the tall clear guy in back? He's not ceramic; that dog is glass. He is a bottle or jar, complete with a screw on lid. He would look beautiful with some colored water in him, wouldn't he?

Dog Playing Accordion: The little dog playing the accordion is my favorite by far. He is tiny and quite musical.

Sniffer: Then there's the tracking dog, sniffing the ground. Quite a talented pooch, that one is.

Tiny Black Dog: And the tiny dog front and center. What's his story?, you ask. I don't know. He's not ceramic either. I think he's a stray game piece maybe. But he hopped into my hand from the shadow box on the wall when I went to get the accordion dog.

Chinese Dog: And last but not least is the turquoise dog that has his body all twisted. He's a Chinese dog sitting on a brown basket. Very regal, he is.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

More of My Ceramic Collection

Human Animals

These guys are not animals per se, but I had to include them. The cowboy is my dad because Dad loved riding horses. The Dutch girl is my mom. She was part German (a Dutch girl, sort of).

The little house is a fine little ceramic figurine. And it's scented, to boot! I don't know how they do that, but it has a pleasant scent when you take a whiff. I store the pretty feathers I find in the chimney. The feathers are smoke.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Tiny pink shoe figurine
Tiny pink shoe figurine

Tiny Pink Shoe Figurine

A tiny ceramic shoe

This tiny pink shoe is a cute little figurine. Even though it's not a person or an animal, I think it's adorable.

It's tiny. It's pink. It's a shoe.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

More of My Collection of Ceramic Figurines - Please click each picture to enlarge it.

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A close up of the cowboy and Dutch girl. I bet his arm gets tired, don't you think?Add photos here by Peggy Hazelwood.A fish out of water and a lamb. Some mighty cute ceramic figurines double as salt and pepper shakers.What's for lunch? Fish.Two birds (salt and pepper shakers) and a long-legged duck. Ms. Duck is not ceramic, but she's cute and she insisted on being in the photograph.Donkey figurine pulling a cart full of rocks. He's one tired donkey.This collection of pigs includes a brown pig that hangs from the spine of a book, a small pink beaded pig, a round fat pig, an Avon sachet pig, and a tiny purple eraser pig.This is a glass snake figurine. Hissssssssssss!This horse is carved from wood and the owl is a whistle (so you can whistle while you work).Two polymer clay wonders, works of art really:  a lizard and a bug-eyed cat.A miniature ceramic chef. What's cookin', honey?!
A close up of the cowboy and Dutch girl. I bet his arm gets tired, don't you think?Add photos here by Peggy Hazelwood.
A close up of the cowboy and Dutch girl. I bet his arm gets tired, don't you think? Add photos here by Peggy Hazelwood.
A fish out of water and a lamb. Some mighty cute ceramic figurines double as salt and pepper shakers.
A fish out of water and a lamb. Some mighty cute ceramic figurines double as salt and pepper shakers.
What's for lunch? Fish.
What's for lunch? Fish.
Two birds (salt and pepper shakers) and a long-legged duck. Ms. Duck is not ceramic, but she's cute and she insisted on being in the photograph.
Two birds (salt and pepper shakers) and a long-legged duck. Ms. Duck is not ceramic, but she's cute and she insisted on being in the photograph.
Donkey figurine pulling a cart full of rocks. He's one tired donkey.
Donkey figurine pulling a cart full of rocks. He's one tired donkey.
This collection of pigs includes a brown pig that hangs from the spine of a book, a small pink beaded pig, a round fat pig, an Avon sachet pig, and a tiny purple eraser pig.
This collection of pigs includes a brown pig that hangs from the spine of a book, a small pink beaded pig, a round fat pig, an Avon sachet pig, and a tiny purple eraser pig.
This is a glass snake figurine. Hissssssssssss!
This is a glass snake figurine. Hissssssssssss!
This horse is carved from wood and the owl is a whistle (so you can whistle while you work).
This horse is carved from wood and the owl is a whistle (so you can whistle while you work).
Two polymer clay wonders, works of art really:  a lizard and a bug-eyed cat.
Two polymer clay wonders, works of art really: a lizard and a bug-eyed cat.
A miniature ceramic chef. What's cookin', honey?!
A miniature ceramic chef. What's cookin', honey?!
Cow creamer ceramic figurine
Cow creamer ceramic figurine

Cow Creamer

Ceramic figurine

I love tracking down ceramic figurines that are functional and cute. This cow creamer fits the bill for both.

You can pour creamer or milk into your morning coffee right from his snout!

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

What is Your Favorite Figurine in My Collection?

I've already told you that the accordion dog is my favorite. But of course, that depends on the day. I also adore the donkey pulling the cart full of rocks. And the blue cat planter. Hmmm.

Can you choose just one favorite from my ceramic collection?

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New Additions - The fun of a collection is you can keep adding to it!

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Since I started this Squidoo lens, I found this little porcelain cat. She cost me a cool nickel at a church rummage sale! Nice. It's hard to see her true face since some black paint is missing on the left eye. Probably why she cost 5 cents.Okay! I found this cute cat egg cup at a garage sale. Isn't she adorable?! And the best part? She was free! I bought something else and the person said, "Oh, you can have that."
Since I started this Squidoo lens, I found this little porcelain cat. She cost me a cool nickel at a church rummage sale! Nice. It's hard to see her true face since some black paint is missing on the left eye. Probably why she cost 5 cents.
Since I started this Squidoo lens, I found this little porcelain cat. She cost me a cool nickel at a church rummage sale! Nice. It's hard to see her true face since some black paint is missing on the left eye. Probably why she cost 5 cents.
Okay! I found this cute cat egg cup at a garage sale. Isn't she adorable?! And the best part? She was free! I bought something else and the person said, "Oh, you can have that."
Okay! I found this cute cat egg cup at a garage sale. Isn't she adorable?! And the best part? She was free! I bought something else and the person said, "Oh, you can have that."

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What do you collect? Do you have a collection of ceramic figurines?

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I collect pigs, big & small ones: ceramic, cast iron, glass & wood. I have over 150 now & I am trying to figure out the value of my collection. Can anyone help?

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      Wish List Gifts 

      6 years ago

      I have a small collection of Lladro figurines. Wish I could afford to collect more, but that's probably a good thing :)

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      getmoreinfo 

      6 years ago

      You have some really lovely figurines, my favorite are the cat ones.

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      Ruthi 

      6 years ago

      I collect anything sunshine or sunflowers! And I am an eclectic book collector. And a postcard collector. Oh my, I collect so many things!

      Love your ceramics. I used to collect creamic planters, so I truly appreciate your blue cat!

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      Ben Reed 

      6 years ago from Redcar

      I have quiet a varied collection of items - but one that is very dear to me are my collection of Wade Animals.

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      AlleyCatLane 

      6 years ago

      A person after my own heart. I love vintage collectibles, especially cats.

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      Blonde Blythe 

      6 years ago from U.S.A.

      I like cutsey figurines, and have all sorts. Among my favorite are what I call chair figurines--little cats or dogs sitting or climbing into chairs. These are porcelain, and from the 1950s.

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      Lauriej1 

      6 years ago

      Have you ever considered collecting Avon's Ms. Albee dolls? I have a collection of them and I adore them! :)

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      dahlia369 

      6 years ago

      I like your tiny pink shoe... :)

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      SpiritOfHalloween 

      6 years ago

      Your collection of dog ceramic is superb......very cute lens.

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      cajkovska lm 

      6 years ago

      I don't collect figures... but I have a huge collection of books. Nice elns and cute figures!

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      MelonyVaughan 

      6 years ago

      What a lovely lens!

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      fullofshoes 

      6 years ago

      I collect crackle glass but had a few figurines some time ago. The only one left is a tiny pink and blue bear that was made in Occupied Japan! Nice lens.

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      bjslapidary 

      6 years ago

      Yes, many different ones. It's hard to pick a favorite.

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      Nita9 

      6 years ago

      There's a place in my area where you can walk in, buy and paint a ceramic piece, and then they fire it in a kiln for you. It's awesome!

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      Julia Morais 

      6 years ago

      I have some figurines...though i prefer wooden ones.

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      Blackspaniel1 

      6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Yay! Congratulations on this lens making front page! :)

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      kerryhrabstock 

      6 years ago

      The figurines are the reason I buy Red Rose Tea. Their figurines aren't as nice as the ones you have, but I like the idea of getting a "prize" in each box.

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      CruiseReady 

      7 years ago from East Central Florida

      I don't exactly collect figurines, but the few that I do have are of cats.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @grannysage: That really can multiply!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @anonymous: I love my little figurines. My grandkids do too! Good idea to consider these guys my retirement fund. It just might be!!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Delightful collection and enjoyed your humor on the cowboy's arm getting tired! I used to have a couple collections that I ended up selling to put food on the table when my children were young.

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      grannysage 

      7 years ago

      What a fun hobby. I collected fairies, gnomes, and lighthouses till recently. We've been downsizing to get ready to live in a small space, an RV. So I've given mine away to good homes. I had no idea I had so many.

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      ForestBear LM 

      7 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens, thank you. I love cute things too

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Pam Irie: Good choice, Pam!

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      Pam Irie 

      7 years ago from Land of Aloha

      It's so cool how you put stories behind each figurine. I chose the fat round pig as my favorite cause he's got a really cute piggie face. :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @gottaloveit2: Lori, you're braver (and more responsible) than I am. My dogs only get dusty.

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      gottaloveit2 

      7 years ago

      I appear to collect REAL dogs...6 of 'em. Fun read, Peggy.

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