Dodie Thayer in the 1970s, Palm Beach
Thayer estimates that she handmade tens of thousands of pieces in her 30+ year career. Each tureen took two weeks to assemble, glaze, and fire. The work was so time consuming that "no one would do it today because they wouldn't be making any money," Thayer's daughter Lisa Jefferson, also a ceramicist, told the Palm Beach Post.
C.Z. Guest's collection of Dodie Thayer lettuce ware, via The Wall Street Journal.
Thayer retired in the late 1980s, and today her pieces are snapped up at auctions at sky high prices. In 2012, Sotheby's sold Brook Astor's 218-piece set for $74.5K. A tureen alone can cost up to $7K. Despite her overwhelming popularity, Thayer refused to mass market her work... until now.
In 2013, Tory Burch called Thayer and asked her if she would be interested in collaborating.
"To my excitement, she said yes! And now, after two years of working with her and her family to make sure our Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch collection is how Mrs. Thayer would do it, I couldn't be more thrilled to introduce it," said Burch.
Dodie Thayer and Tory Burch
Delicately molded, hand-detailed, and glazed a vibrant green, the Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch collection captures the whimsical, easy essence of 1960s Palm Beach. It is even dishwasher and microwave safe! If you have coveted Dodie Thayer's quintessential Palm Beach lettuce ware for years as I have, now is the time to stock up while you can... I predict these pieces will also become highly collectable. Click here to shop the collection.
You can see how closely the Tory Burch collection resembles the original in this image... Top: Dodie Thayer for Tory Burch; Bottom: Original Dodie Thayer demitasse collection via Leta Austin Fowler.
Below are more images of original Dodie Thayer lettuce ware...
Tory Burch's personal Dodie Thayer collection
Palm Beach apartment by T. Keller Donovan
Beth Arrowood's Miami Shores bungalow