Tag Archives: Ceramics

Nicholas Mosse Pottery

22 Apr

I remember in 2005 when I first went to visit Jamie and her family in Cork for Thanksgiving that I thought her mix-n-match collection of Irish potter, Nicholas Mosse’s, pottery was so cute and cottage-y.  When I was back at their house recently, I was reminded again of how much I like it.  Thought I would share a few pics of Jamie’s NM and also a couple of pics of other patterns.

The style he uses is a traditional style of Irish Spongeware. Irish spongeware was the traditional pottery of Ireland used in the 18th Century. I also recently learned that Nicholas Mosse and his wife, Susan, are a part of the Kilfane Trust project which cares for the Kilfane Glen & Waterfall period gardens.  They sound spectacular so I’m going to have to take a trip out there sometime soon while it’s still Spring.  If you’re in Ireland, Kilfane is just outside Kilkenny town– about 40 minutes southwest of Dublin. www.kilfane.com. http://www.nicholasmosse.com

Emma Bridgewater

13 Oct

I thought I’d continue the topic of ceramics to mention one of my favorite ceramic brands, Emma Bridgewater.  Simple and humorous but not cheap…

Christiana and I often say “Same, Same” to one another because we have such identical taste (to the point that it’s a bit scary).  I guess it shouldn’t have surprised me when I first met her that she and I both had Emma Bridgewater “Black Toast” pieces in our homes.  And thanks to Christiana, I now have a few more that have been added to my collection.

My friend, Kristin, has an Emma Bridgewater shop on the corner of her street in Marylebone — lucky girl.  I try to pop-in to the shop when I get over to London to visit her and I love seeing all the fun new lines.   This is a great example why I love this brand — she “gets me”.  I mean, seriously, who doesn’t LOVE a cup of tea, a new magazine and a bit of chocolate? (Make mine dark with a hint of orange, please…) http://www.emmabridgewater.co.uk/

MacKenzie Childs Ceramics

12 Oct

I’ve been a fan of the whimsical ceramics of MacKenzie Childs for a lot of years now.  So much so that I even painted a pair of hinged wooden school chairs like the Piccadilly pattern. (The chairs now grace my mother’s front porch in Texas).

It’s because there’s such a child-like aspect to the MacKenzie Childs products that I’ve become such a fan of their children’s enamelware.  Wouldn’t this be perfect in a little girl’s tea set?  If they don’t already offer one, they should! Might be a fun stop to visit their headquarters if you’re ever in Aurora, NY. http://www.mackenzie-childs.com

Ode to a coffee mug

26 Sep

It wouldn’t be a Saturday morning without my trusty cup of coffee which is why I’m dedicating today’s post to my coffee mug.  I have three favorite mugs but I have different uses for each one.  This one is just for coffee…how silly is that?  I can’t even really say why but it’s been that way for a long time. When I packed up my bags to move from Boston to Dublin with just two suitcases and the shirt on my back, this coffee mug was among the carry-on luggage.  

Before starting this post, I far and wide to find the name of the little ceramics shop where I bought this mug and I finally found it:  it’s called Lasser Ceramics and it’s in a great little town, Londonderry, in Vermont.  The website leaves a lot to be desired but this pattern is called Planet Green (good to know in case I ever need a replacement). www.lasserceramics.com

So, as one of my most trusted “companions”, here’s to my Planet Green coffee mug for helping me rally more times that I can remember.