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June 12, 2009

plates and dishes


Willow at Willow Manor and her friend at  About New York  posted some beautiful plates on their blogs and ...well... I thought...

since I still haven't found all the boxes with my tableware in it, maybe this would be the perfect type of thing to give me the incentive to move my butt and get those plates found!
This  plate comes in a box made of paulownia.  Lots of precious things in Japan are kept in boxes or drawers made  of this wood. The Kanji on the box (the one in the middle 皿) is "sara" and it means plate (or dish). It was made by the potter, Ryoshu.  He is one of the many brilliant potters from Arita in Saga Prefecture (located on the western coast of the Kyushu island).

This next plate is from the Maebata China Corporation.
I like how the inside is a simple blue and white with a gold rim and the outside is...
red, gold and black.
This will never go into the microwave...

and now for some smaller dishes...since Japan may have many large plates, we often use lots of small dishes to decorate the dining table... 
these are the ones I use on a daily basis.  They are from one of my most favorite china makers in Japan... Fukagawa.




..and then there is one very simple dish.


I use this one for "edamame" (boiled green soybeans)...sorry I don't have any today...

This is a simple dish, I have lost the details on who made it. 
I like how it fits perfectly into my hand.  



There is a shiny glazed area but it also has  a rough, granola type feel to it too.  



The bamboo leaves are the accent... in which this dish speaks.

15 comments:

B said...

I love those wooden boxes. And my favourite plate is defintely the simple one! It's lovely!

I_am_Tulsa said...

Hi B! I loved your answers on your blog today!

I love the boxes♡ I have kept a couple...one that had jars of jam (?!), one for a small traditional bag, one for Buddhist praying beads....

I just love the curve on the simple one, it is very light too!

Polly said...

Aw, I love those plates! And like B, I love the last one most. What a great idea to make it fit in your hand.

Great idea. I'm going to pinch it.

I_am_Tulsa said...

Polly, if you do pottery, I think it is a neat idea to try!
Thank you for stopping by!

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

I love the small dish!I see butter pats in it! On my table! You have pictures awaiting you on my blog!

Ladybug said...

Lovely plates; my favourite is the last little dish; adorable. I'll have to photograph mine. LBx

willow said...

I enjoyed this very much! Japanese tableware is so pretty.

Your new header is great, too!

lucyslounge-dee said...

the plates are lovely but i love the box best.

I_am_Tulsa said...

Carol....the dishes ARE perfect for butter! (I don't know why I never thought of that?! lol) and there are no words that can express my excitement when I saw the pictures of Oklahoma...thank you, thank you, thank you!


Ladybug, Thank you for visiting my blog! I have totally fell in love with yours!


Willow, thank YOU for the inspiration!
I have been wanting to make a new header but have been a tad bit "lazy". I am finally experimenting, so thank you for the compliment! :-)


Dee! You are so right about the box! I will try to post pictures of all the boxes I've collected... I have just realized that I am a MEGA box collector....thank you!

Kristina said...

wow, those plates are so beautiful, all of them! thank you for showing them :-)

I_am_Tulsa said...

Kristina, thank you for stopping by and the nice comments!
You have so many lovely pictures on your blog!

Frances said...

Tulsa, I thank you so much for your comment.

Your plate display is beautiful, graceful, well designed for its purpose. I love the attention to the boxes as well.

I think that I will be visiting you often. There is much to learn here, but also just so much beauty and wit.

Cheers!

Aleksa said...

Hi dear,sorry for not being over here,Im trying to clean up my PC and my life,it is a huge operation and no friends at the moment to help me or familie so to keep up a good spirits I go crazy sometimes.Talk to my self or to PC but today it is better.Your gorgeous post made me feeling good,thank you for that.Greetings and a small hug from me.AlekSandra

I_am_Tulsa said...

Frances! Thank YOU for YOUR comment! I know that I will learn a lot from your blog..thank you so much!

Aleksa,
we all have our busy times and I know you are not the only one who talks to her PC!
Like I said before, we may be oceans apart physically but we are all connected in a different way....I hug you back!

Chiara.u said...

Hi Tulsa :) Wonderful pictures, wonderful plates and dishes (Polly, if you really do pottery I'll order you some of the last pic!!)and the box... everything's beautiful here!
And know I'll go for the weekly lesson :))