Getting a little tired of the same ol’ coffee mugs and dinner plates in your kitchen? Had the same serving dishes for ages now but still not ready to replace the whole shebang? Spice things up with a piece of handmade or upcycled dishware! A popular trend now on the handmade and vintage scene, upcycled vintage and brand new handmade plates, coffee cups and bowls are popping up all over places like Etsy and your local craft shows. You don’t need a full set of funky dinnerware, just a couple of pieces to mix and match with your already useful set. Find something that you love and you’ll find yourself reaching for it everytime you open those pantry doors!
Here is fourteen of my favorite recent pieces, all available for order online.
These perfect little bowls are great for individual servings of yogurt and strawberries. They feel lovely and light in the hand, and bring such pleasure each time you take one out of the cabinet. Bonus: feel free to use this every day as it is dishwasher and microwave safe! (Jill Rosenwald, $60)
These wonderful pie plates are made from high fire stoneware and are very durable. Bake your next pie in your favorite color! All colors have the inside blue seen in the orange on top in the photos. You can choose which outside color you would like. Measures approximately 101/2-11″. Oven safe. (Leslie Freeman Designs, $48)
These two lovely wine glasses, perfect for sipping red wines, are hand painted with a combination of a rose pattern and mosaic style of painting glass. The roses are made with simple strokes which reveal a fully blossomed rose. Surrounding them are dark green leaves which are painted in a mosaic tile structure. These design allows light and liquid to interact with the art, making the set all the more unique. The rose bush design is located on a different section of each glass so that the glasses are distinguishable yet still a harmonious set. This particular set is created with roses that vary in the colors magenta, pink, and white. (MeKu, $40 for a set of two)
In this lovely and original tea set you will find a handpainted teacup and saucer, a handpainted teapot and a matching side plate. They all feature the La vie en rose Parisian design and are painted in a vivid magenta, pale pink and mint green color scheme. The items are very carefully painted and decorative with a matching rose flower and leaf motif. They are inspired by a trip to Paris and the famous love song ”La vie en rose” by Edith Piaf. The teapot features some of the lyrics translated into english “…give your heart and soul to me and life will always be la vie en rose …” (Betty Raspberry, $98)
Each of these white plates is stamped with the lines: “work and pray, feed on hay, you’ll eat pie, in the sky, when you die.” These are seconds from a series of plates for Mission Pie and the text has been somewhat clouded over by the glaze, as seen in the photos. Their price has been discounted to reflect this. Measurements: 5.5″, the perfect size for a slice of pie! Plates are food-, microwave-, and dishwasher-safe. They can also be used in a non-preheated oven. (Zebest Pottery, $34)
Set of two big cups, ideal for serving soup – or what else your imagination allows! Approximate measures of each one: 13 cm of diameter (5.12 inchs), 10 cm high (3.9 inchs). The mugs are 100 percent hand painted with glossy finish, and they are dishwasher and microwave safe! (Zuppa Atelier, $60 for set of two)