Changing gear today to share some vintage love in my small collection of old & collectible crockery bowls mainly mixing bowls, pudding bowls & utility bowls of various shapes & sizes all showing a life well lived & loved, that is to say, well used.
I’m always drawn by the inherent beauty of these once popular everyday pieces so evocative of the quintessential farmhouse kitchen and which keep me mindful of my childhood, of spending so much time in the kitchen with Mum, a busy, very busy, kitchen out of which came the best down home cooking, and baking, you could ever imagine.
Made of earthenware, faience, ironstone, clay, or stoneware, some china, some porcelain I particularly like the cracked & crazed ones, now faded with use.
Some are now drab shades of cream, some yellow (there is some yellow ware in there), some worn & aged to shades of ochre & brown.
Some lovely old cane mixing bowls with their signature colouring, which originally came from the natural colour of the local area’s clay. Back in the days, every kitchen had at least one of these mixing bowls.
And yet, somehow, the branding is there, in collective memories of children licking the cake mix out of the bowl when mum was baking. In a memory that the cream-coloured bowl told you that deserts and pies and cakes were on the way. In a memory that is subtly prodded when you visit a shop to buy a mixing bowl, and sitting on the shelf a product that quietly whispers fond memories in your ear. With a smile you reach out and almost unthinkingly, buy something that should look so wrong in a modern kitchen, yet is so perfectly correct.
Sadly, these days, I’m not in the kitchen like I should be, want to be. So many other things taking up my time & energy.
Nevertheless the bowls have to be accessible & displaying them makes them not only easy to reach but imbues my kitchen with the warmth & charm I enjoy so much.
My kitchen has to have that inviting, downhome, feel so often lost in sleek, shiny, modern day kitchens.
The kitchen has to make me, and others, want to stay, want to cook, to bake something . . .