Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dish it out ...

When it comes to obsessions, I might have to put dishware near the top of my list. I have actually lost count of how many sets I own. I just know it's never enough!  I really enjoy having a variety of placesettings to complement different cuisines and themes when entertaining dinner guests.

You can see and feel the spirit in these Herlinda Morales plates, making them a great choice for casual dining. They are offered through 'Build A Nest,' a nonprofit organization that empowers female artists and artisans around the world and provides a market in which to sell their crafts.

This week's post about my zinc table desires made me think about what type of dishware might coordinate best with zinc's primitive appeal. I'm thinking handthrown pottery or seaglass with organic shapes would be superb. 'Lo and behold, I found some perfect settings.

The plates above, handcrafted in Mexico, available through Nest, are also distributed by Inhabitat for $42 each through their Green Gift Guide.

That's life! And, what a splendid life it is when we can dine on these adorable handthrown pottery plates from Rae Dunn. Can't you just see how they would complement a rustic, zinc table? Let's not talk about it, let's just shop at Rae's esty store and pick up a dozen for next spring's entertaining.

Ever since we planted our little olive grove three years ago, I have been thinking that some dinnerware with an olive design would be so appropriate for harvest celebrations - assuming we will some day harvest some fruit.  The beautiful plate above is designed and sold by Stillwater Porcelain.

VivaTerra's dishware is so appealing, and what a compelling contrast to a zinc table. I'm loving the Oceana Seaglass (left) with its frosted, subdued colors and organic shapes.  The Serene Sol pattern (right) is just as appealing with traditional shaping, yet totally contemporary.

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