Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Look! Mom's Dishes! ...Connections To Our Past

Sometimes I think I have the best job in the world, getting to work with beautiful 
china pieces day in and day out...sometimes it actually feels more like a privilege 
than an actual profession. After all, each of these plates and cups and saucers 
and other dinnerware pieces all have history behind them. They come from 
many different countries, from all around the world, and their beautiful 
patterns and colors give them a unique appeal that brings them to life 
unlike other ordinary household objects. 

We remember dishes. 
They're a part of our family in some ways, a part of each of our own personal histories. 
Have you not once in your life been somewhere, maybe an antique market or 
thrift shop, and come across an orphaned plate or cup that you instantly 
recognized from somewhere in your own past? 

At that moment of recognition, it isn't just "a plate" or "a cup," but mom's plate, 
or grandmother's cup. There is a connection. Often when that connection is 
made we find ourselves flooded with memories of family from long ago, 
or of our childhood, or of holidays and times past. If you're the 
sentimental type like I amit can be a comforting experience. 

I've been working with dishes for so long now that I know the patterns by name.
No, I don't talk to them, but in a way, they speak to me. I see them as
valuable, not monetarily valuable, but valuable in a way that fills your
soul with warmth and peace just as memories of loved ones do.
This was, after all, someone's grandmother's plate. 
Someone just like you. 

I hope you have a great week 
Love, Laura

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  1. so true!
    i think this is a big part of the reason i am drawn to stop by your blog. love your work. truly a beautiful way to keep memories close.

  2. your words just now are balm to my soul...Happiest of Easters to you. I hope the day finds you truly blessed.

  3. I love what you do. I regret some of the broken dishes I have gotten rid of. I kept them for a long time, then finally decided I'd never do anything with them. If I still had them, I'd send them to you. : )

  4. How clever to have found a use for beautiful snippets of pottery. Your ability to make something beautiful from something "ruined" is the reason I always read your blog posts. Thanks for sharing beautiful images and ideas.

  5. You do beautiful work, can't wait to get your book and learn some of your techniques. I have so many broken china pieces that need a new chance for life!