Saturday, April 10, 2010

Shall we Dine...?

Ahhhhh...Rosenthal....Versace blue gets no better than this!

Courtesy-Sothebys Versace auction 2001

Anyone who has a bedroom that looks like this can certainly inspire china!

Isis custom painted dishes with their curved edges and hand painted scenes is also a favorite of mine. She combines the brushstroke technique of Italian pottery with an asian influence.

Speaking of Italian, don't get me started on Deruta, or any other elaborate hand painted Italian pottery!  If you want a source here in the States, try Gina Garner . She has an etsy store.  Using pigments from Italy and extensive research make  her designs works of art!

Slabs of salt have been used for years to serve or cook on.

Look at the beauty of thick slabs of opaque salt. They can be chilled to serve hors d'oeuvres or heated over a burner and cooked on.

Want a great look without getting out the china? Caspari has taken disposable plates to a new level.
Offering metallic chargers to compliment their many design patterns, eating can be civil... even on paper.

Remember the feel of a smooth wooden spoon in your mouth as a child when you ate ice cream from a wax cup ? Well, Conran offers an adult version. They offer knives, forks and spoons for your upscale picnic. Make your dining fun....I'm going for the slabs of salt.....fabulous!


Gina said...

Dear Theresa, What an honor to be mentioned in your fabulous blog.

Karena said...

Love your site, so happy to discover it through La Dolfina!

I will follow definately.

I Will have a facsinating interview up on my site tomorrow, come visit.

Art by Karena

Theresa Cheek said...

Gina-I love your work!

Karena- Thank you for finding me! The Eddie Ross candle post is nice.

Sanity Fair said...

Beautiful examples - I love the Isis pieces! She custom paints for the University of Oxford as well. I collected some of her scenes of various college while I was there. Just beautiful.

Lynne Rutter said...

chinoiserie paper plates?! well it just so happens i really need those!
another great post, theresa!

Gypsy Purple said...

Loved this post!!

Theresa Cheek said...

SF- who knew? Her work is just the best!

Gypsy- thanks for stopping in.

Beth Connolly said...

Love the Isis and the Caspari of course. I wish the Isis wasn't so pricey, I really do love it.

Cashon&Co said...

wait, wait, wait.... I have so many things to comment on. First, that blue & white set with the scalloped edges is SO ME... I have a plate fetish and these are just gorgeous....And Second! those salt slabs?? I have NEVER even heard of this!! That is the most amazing thing! YOu betcha I will be going and searching these out right after I finish this sentence. :)
thanks for the awesome post!... oh and those disposable pagoda plates...I'm going coocoo over all these yummys!

French-Kissed said...

Always fascinating...I have never seen or noticed these slabs of open my eyes to a whole new world. And after reading this post I went out to my lavender garden and looked on the bottom of my Italian pots only to discover that they are Deruta! Maybe I should bring them back inside. I have had them for 20 years and was just looking to change things up. Stopping here is always an education. Thank you!


Regina at Fauxology said...

Those salt slabs are sublime -- I'm right there with you, Theresa. In all of my family's homes, we all bring in food and just grab whatever is on hand, so pieces of each other's dinnerware ends up in different houses, forgotten by the original but still loved and used by the new. If I purchased one of these sets, I'm not sure I'd be so easy to share, LOL! Beautiful post!

ceecee said...

Let's dine! Aren't those slabs of salt astonishing? They remind of opaline. It's a gorgeous Sunday here. I'm looking forward to dining al fresco. Cheers, Theresa.

Mélanie A. said...

the chinoiserie paper plates are fabulous

Lee said...

I had not seen slabs of interesting.

Of course now I want ice creme on a wooden spoon!

Unknown said...

Oh those versace dishes are just gorgeous!

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