ceramics

Fell in love…

Extravaganza Fruit Platter

Picture borrowed from the internet

The other day my eyes fellon this fruit-platter from Mateus. The Extravaganza fruit-platter. I normally do not like things this wildly decorated. I am more for sleek un-ornamented designs. But this one, I fell in love with.

I wouldn’t mind getting it as a present… I will, however, not be able to afford buying it myself. The price is SEK 1640 at the NK department store. It is available in several other colors as well, but it is this dark blue one I fell in love with.

 

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Ceramic or glass vases?

stain, oak

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This – above – is what happens if you put a ceramic vase with flowers and water in directly on a white-oiled oak-table and leave it there for a couple of days. (I guess it happens if you do the same onto any other wooden table or surface – and I know by experience that the same thing can happen if you put a decorative Halloween pumpkin on the table…). This stain is what remains AFTER sanding the stain and re-oiling the spot. It won’t go away… Ceramic vases leak humidity that destroys the wood they stand on.

Not to repeat that, I looked for small glass-vases and found these ones:

vases, glassvases

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3-pack glassvases from RUSTA in different shades of blue and green with different structure on each vase for a total of SEK 20 (approximately USD 2.80)! Perfect. Here they are filled with drying lavender, but their purpose is to put small flowers in water on the table (with dry flowers it doesn’t matter which kind of vase you use). That they are cheap and come from a store that sell cheap things is fine with me. Even cheap can be beautiful sometimes.

Objects don’t need to be expensive designer items to be nice.

vases, glassvases,

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The small blue bowl is there to collect the drying lavender seeds when they fall off their stems.

vases

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So, which vase leaked? One of these below, from Ikea (flower in the picture is artificial). If you look at the bottom of a ceramic vase and see that the bottom of it is not glazed, then you can expect it to leak if you put water in it.

vases, ceramic

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Trendy Danish Cheramics

globo

Globo

I love ceramics. Only problem is to bring it home when on travel (size and fragility) and the price when you find something you really like. Designer ceramics do not come cheap…

One of my favorite ceramics firms is the danish firm Kähler. I recently spotted their new items at the site called Trendspanarna and borrowed some images from there. The ones they initially got famous for here in Sweden was the Omaggio striped ceramics, originally vases in various sizes, now new striped items. Really love it.

Omaggio-Butterbox-1

Omaggio

That butter-box is SO nice.

Urbania

Urbania

I’d love to have these light-houses… and add them to my small collection of 3 light-houses in tin that I have in the livingroom. At least one of them…

Avvento

Avvento

Cono

Cono

cono

Cono

globo

Globo

These Globo candle holders really talk to me… That simple form is fantastic in its simplicity. Just wish I could afford getting one of those for four candles. The big one below for instance.

globo

Globo

The images originally come from the Kähler press-release as I understand it. I hope they don’t mind that I publish them too…

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Things Inherited, part I

ceramic containers, butter-dogs

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I think we all have things around us at home that we have inherited from our parents or other relatives. Things that have history and age. These are some of mine.

Two formerly very common ceramic containers that I keep in the kitchen. They are older than me. The smaller one to the left I remember that my mother used to keep butter in.

The bigger one – which unfortunately is broken och glued together by a non-professional (me) – I think they used to keep salted cucumbers in or similar stuff. You cannot keep any liquids in it (other use similar containers for flowers), but it is perfect to put the rolls with plastic and foil in.

The two small silver (?) dogs are butter-dogs. Which means they were used to place your butter-knife on so the greasy side of the knife wouldn’t rest on the table cloth.

I’ve seen both the dogs and the two containers all my life. The small “calendar”-thing also comes from home. But that is more recent.

soup-spoon

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Just beside those stands my grandmothers and grandfathers huge silver soup-spoon. I actually use it now and then. And polish it now and then… Have no idea if it is real silver or not. This is the stamp on it. I know nothing about silver or silver stamps… Total length 35 cms.

silver stamp

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On the back of the handle the initials of my grandmother and grandfather are engraved. It says T o T. D. , which stands for Titus & Tekla Dahlstedt, who were my mothers parents. So the soup-spoon might have been their wedding gift.

soup-spoon engravings

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Front end of the handle looks like this.

soup-spoon handle

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Is it worth anything? Have no idea. Have never checked.

On the wall above these things there is this ceramic wall decoration, also from home.

ceramic wall decoration

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It is danish and comes from somewhere called Søholm. If I remember correctly (?) my father (or was it my mother?) got it for a birthday. Not sure though. I like it and its colors. If I hadn’t I would not have kept it. And certainly not put it on the kitchen wall. 22 cm x 20 cm in size.

When I started looking around in my home for things inherited from my parents, I realized that I have several. Many more than I thought. So stay tuned, there will be a follow up with some other stuff another day.

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