Blue Ridge Pottery dishes made in the Appalachian mountains are very popular with collectors.
Southern Potteries started out as Clinchfield China and Clinchfield Ware in 1917 and progressing to hand painting in 1937, if you're lucky, you can still find transition pieces with decals and touches of hand painting as a rim treatment or swipes on the handle. Some of the very early hand painting efforts are primitive, similar to an elementary student's efforts at art. However, as the artists' expertise increased there are some of the most beautiful examples of designs and patterns that any artist could produce. Even looking at the same pattern done by a different artist or even the same artist shows a significant difference in stroke technique; some delicate and defined, some heavy and bold. Artists were instructed not to intentionally make differences in the patterns for production items, although they could make personal items during their lunch breaks. These personal items are difficult to find and are usually costly.
Michelle's Antiques has a nice collection of Blue Ridge Southern Pottery hand painted china ..