I recently stumbled across Melissa Maya Pottery while browsing Etsy, and was immediately attracted to minimal hand-drawn designs on the porcelain tabletop pieces. Free flowing lines and geometric shapes give this collection — which includes mugs, tumblers, plates, and serving dishes — an organic, timeless feel. I just love how simple and beautiful they are!
Last September I signed up for a wheel-throwing ceramics class thinking I would be able to make a set of dinner plates. I had big plans to write a piece about my experience: a photo of a stack of serene white plates, a little wabi-sabi of course, not perfect, but complete, heavy and unique. I knew there would be some bumps along the way, but I fully expected to succeed and have a great story to tell. My enthusiasm came from a sense of being lifted up as I answered a call from the pottery angels, three friends in particular who surround me, and gently nudged me to learn to throw.
Downton Abbey is back in the UK and will hit the US shores in early 2014, so it's a good time to consider the importance of the proper soup bowl. What is that, you say? You didn't know that there are seven different kinds of soup bowls, each one appropriate to a particular soup or occasion? Of course, this kind of fussiness is a very formal approach to eating soup. Most people these days have one kind of bowl for all their soup needs.
The Site Corot factory in Limoges, France was once famous for its eclectic, avant-garde porcelain dinnerware, but it hasn't produced anything in over a decade. Now it's back, under new creative direction, and issuing both new and classic designs, like the Florida pattern seen above.
These colorful tapas bowls are really making me want to throw a tapas party, or at least put together a few small appetizer servings. I love the design and the clear glaze. How great would they look spread out on a table?
You may not think you know Normann Copenhagen, but chances are you'd recognize a few of their classic pieces. (Remember this peeler? Or this tea egg? Or these fun beater whisks?) Fans of modern design also know that you can find Normann Copenhagen pieces at stores like Horne, Huset, and The Modern Shop, but the brand has its own online webshop as well where you can peruse and purchase the full beautiful line.
How do you store your dishes? It's probably most common to keep plates, bowls, and cups in overhead cabinets, but if I had the option, I think I'd much prefer a deep drawer, particularly one that's divided by a few wooden dowels, like you see here. Neat, organized, and generally easier to lift a bunch of plates out rather than get those plates down. What about you? Do you have deep drawers in your kitchen?