It's August in Charleston. Three words come to mind- hot, humid and usually hot again. August also bring the City Paper's Dish Magazine which showcases all things food in the Holy City which is quite a lot. If you have not been here come hungry and usually call ahead for reservations. I can also go on and on about my favorite restaurants and food here but there is something more important than the food. Stop screaming, I'm serious. What about the presentation? What are you eating that fabulous meal on? If it is not a handmade dish, cup, bowl, platter, glass you know it is just not going to be as good.
Take the handmade mug.
Take it and have your morning coffee in it. Feel how it was thrown on a potters wheel and the warmth of the clay. I have a collection of handmade mugs in my cupboard, each from a different potter and I wouldn't think about having my first cup of java in anything but to start my day.
Handmade table settings are now getting the attention of many chefs around the country because of the uniqueness and presentation it brings to a meal. Surface has Keith Kreeger's Hudson line of place settings and serving dishes in porcelain and they are fabulous! Several wood turned bowls by Wood Expressions are also here which make wonderful salad bowls. I can't forget Hayden Wilson's handblown glasses, including stemless wine, pints and cocktail cups.
You have a favorite handmade serving dish or cup you like to use for meals?