About Kimbesa

I love dishes, and I continue to haunt thrift stores, estate sales, and other places where vintage china, dinnerware and glassware are to be found.

I talk about Dishes

Made in the USA

Deviled Egg Plates | Serve a Classic Dish

Deviled eggs on Hartstone egg plate Rustic Apple

Who would have thought, a National Deviled Egg Day, devoted to one of the most popular appetizers ever to make it to a Midwest holiday feast?

We always had deviled eggs at home, at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter especially, and for other special family gatherings, too. Couldn’t put them out too early, though, because they would start disappearing well before dinner time.

I never knew there weren’t special plates made to serve them, because this dish was so popular in my world growing up.

When it comes to the best deviled egg plates, the more spaces the better. My mother . . . → Read More: Deviled Egg Plates | Serve a Classic Dish

Hartstone Pottery – Sweet!

This quality pottery is handmade in Zanesville, Ohio, by “the original” Hartstone.

This company has roots back to the 1970s. It went through a period of corporate ownership, and was closed.

But in a town of 25,000, the loss of 400 jobs was painful, not to mention the loss of a piece of history. Southeastern Ohio has a long history of pottery making, and most of it is gone. Roseville, McCoy, Crooksville, Shawnee and Weller are just a few of the Ohio potteries that are familiar to collectors of vintage American pottery and dinnerware.

So . . . → Read More: Hartstone Pottery – Sweet!

Earth Day – Vintage is Green

I’m glad to see Earth Day expanded to Earth Week. It got me thinking about vintage dishes, and why vintage is green.

Vintage is recycled by nature. It’s been discontinued by the manufacturer. Most pieces some from the secondary market and were previously owned. Dishes with a history. They’ve been around once and are ready to go around again in a new home…yours!

Vintage has already been made. All the inputs (clay, glaze, electricity to heat the kiln, etc.) have been used. Vintage may have age, but it also has enduring quality. Vintage still has useful life. No need . . . → Read More: Earth Day – Vintage is Green

Even dishes are Irish

Like food, china and dinnerware can take you places, too.

Take Noritake’s Keltcraft line, made in Ireland in the 1980s and 1990s. Soft, pale colors, as on this darling creamer, speak with charm about a vibrant land. Ireland in the spring is very green to us North Americans. In May and June it’s so green in can make your eyes water.

The Kilkee pattern from the Keltcraft line is pale tan with butterflies and pastel blue flowers. This brings up that Kilkee is a real place, in County Clare, on the west coast of Ireland. West Clare is known . . . → Read More: Even dishes are Irish

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