The ocean shook
The storm clouds roiled
And before us grew
The monstrous jaws
Of a giant whale
Luckily, the Pequod came equipped with a state-of-the-art lifeboat… so we all escaped and made our way to Nassau to join the pirates. The whale tried to come along but got distracted.
The Nitty Gritty
When hedgehogs first invented the wheel they celebrated, of course, with lots and lots of food. Unfortunately, they came to the conclusion that eating directly off the ground is more satisfying. For the rest of us, there are these plates. Round ones stack really well and provide a satisfying symmetry to persnickety humans. These are salad sized, which is to say they will hold a hearty portion of lunch served in a circular manner.
Our darn salad plates are handmade and are approximately 7 inches wide by about 1 inche tall. They stack nicely very nicely and play well with others.
All Darn Pottery is either hand built or individually hand thrown on the potters wheel, by little hedgehogs, with locally sourced clay. Our pieces are finished with lead-free, non toxic glazes made right here in our studio in the beautiful Blue Ridge. Our tableware is bright and durable, fired three separate times to temperatures exceeding 2000 degrees. It also feels really good in your hands, with sturdy handles on mugs, terrific balance in plates, good stackability in bowls, and sturdy edges all around. This is not your grandma’s fine china. This is your own darn china.
Every piece is individually made and painted and may therefore look a little different. The minor variations in height, width, and illustration are entirely the hedgehogs’ fault. A lot depends on how much they’ve eaten that morning and the proximity of the next meal. All of the colors look great together and make your table look really happy.
You should also know that our pottery is made without any lead, cadmium, asbestos, anchovies, pink slime or any other yucky stuff. It’s perfectly food safe. Also, our farm has solar power. And bears.
Darn Pottery does not mind being dishwashed because it is decorated with glaze that has been fired into the piece itself. It’s not sublimation and it’s not coming off. Just stack gently and don’t let the critters have a party in there. We do not recommend microwaving as the pieces may get pretty hot. Darn Pottery is not for cooktop or oven use. Do not use to freeze food or drinks. Use a Mason jar instead. Basically, avoid extreme temperature changes. The same goes for the pots.
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