At Ann Marie’s we understand that purchasing a dinnerware set can often be an overwhelming process. There are so many different options available that it is hard to know where to begin and how to decide. Our sales staff like to get to know our customers preferences: what are your colors, what is your design style and lifestyle?
Then of course, where you are in your life makes a big difference. A young couple just beginning choose something together that they want to share. The current trend seems to start with something simple like a white or cream dinnerware that can eventually be mixed and matched with pieces that a couple may collect during their lifetime. Then there are the empty nesters who have been waiting for the kids to “fly away” before they invest in something a bit better, maybe with more pattern or more style. But everyone is different and it is fun to discover what it is that you like.
And what about purchasing holiday dinnerware? The idea of an additional seasonal dinnerware set is overwhelming, and well, a bit extravagant. For those of you who are more minimal and practical, we recommend to bring in particular pieces to complement what you have. Holiday dessert plates and mugs that fit with your current dinnerware is a simple yet fun option. For me, I cherish my set of holiday dinnerware and can’t wait to bring out the set in the month of December, using it for entertaining through the New Year.
We are thrilled to help people to discover and create their own tableware collections. Whether is is one pattern or mixing several patterns and textures we find it is satisfying to help our customers put it all together. Or to simply offer then the chance to compare the abundance of different tableware to choose from. This season we have put together a collection of holiday table settings to entice you.
Here are some terms to understand your dinnerware or dinnerware you are thinking of purchasing.
Earthenware Slip Pottery is a liquid pottery that is poured into a mold. Like pottery made from solid clay it’s surface and texture is not as hard and durable as a China or Porcelain. The nature of Earthenware is that is is a more casual style and fits many lifestyles these days. Emma Bridgewater Pottery and Burleigh Pottery to name a couple of our favorites are Earthenware Slip pottery and meant for everyday use.
Earthenware Thrown Pottery is not usually manufactured in any volume. The clay is formed usually on a wheel by an artist or hand shaped by an artist before it is fired and glazed. Our Nicholas Mosse Pottery and R Wood Ceramics are two manufacturers of clay pottery. The pottery is lower fired and the surface not as hard as a high fired porcelain. But the beauty and the amount of hand work that goes into clay pottery is extraordinary and well worth the price. Many people collect it for it’s more artistic and handmade nature and it’s amazing colors.
Stoneware is also made from clay but not as porous as pottery and is also more durable. The Polish pottery that we have at our Garden Shop is stoneware. It is incredibly durable and because it has been fired in the kiln at a high temperature almost all pieces can go from freezer to oven to table.
Porcelain is informally referred to as china or fine china. It is a very high fired material so its surface is very hard. It is translucent in nature and very light and delicate in it’s weight. It is very strong and more chip resistant than pottery. The porcelain tends to be used in more formal settings and tends not to be used for everyday. Our Belleek Fine Parian China is a form of Porcelain and called bone china.
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Stay tuned for ideas on natural decorations for you holiday table. This year it’s all about the fruits, nature and the forest.