Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Romanian Artisan Pottery Tablescape & a GREAT tea recipe!!!

By the end of this post, you will definitely know a little more about Romania, how much I love the country, the pottery and the people. I miss it. It is very expensive for us all to go visit now, but the last time we were there, my 4 year old was 9 months old!

Here's my tribute to a beautiful country and all its beautiful people...
 I collected most of this pottery while I lived there for 3 years. A couple pieces were gifts from friends or former students of mine, but mostly a collection of my travels. Romanian Pottery is named or marked according to the region that produces it, thus you'll see a few types of pottery and glazes on this post.

I used my Mexican cobalt and amber rimmed glasses (from a friend's garage sale and Ross years ago), my every day blue cobalt dishes, my rattan chargers (from Walmart) and my grandmother's silver ware. I also used my embroidered napkins (from Target years ago) and the linen and lace Romanian tablecloth from a friend.
 The colorful floral pottery is named Korund and it is made for display. I don't use these plates. I actually brought some of them off the walls to showcase them today. The onion flower that you'll see on most of these plates is a popular design, as is the bird you'll see on a couple others. Korund pottery is blue and white, red and white and multicolored. You can see from my pieces the different regions of Korund.
Romanians are known for their hospitality, incredible cooking and generosity. I have been to someone's house at 9 at night and sat down to a full blown meal. I've been given china and other beautiful things right out of someone's home.
 The plates and bowls scattered in the middle are from Hatzeg. This is a completely different design form and they are known for the pulled swirls you can see in each design. Some of the smaller pieces, I bought over 10 years ago when I first lived in Romania. My husband (and I) carried back about 40 pounds of this in my small carry on baggage when we left in 2002.

My favorite plate. This hangs above my sink, so I can gaze at it every single day. I bought this on our last trip.
 My favorite pitchers. I bought this on a trip to Sibiu, Romania with my mission team. The price was written on the bottom in pencil. I have several display pieces in this exact pattern, but never found more just like it.
 My husband gave me these coffee mugs when we were dating. They hand on a wooden wrack.
 Starbucks Tea Recipe
Boil 2 cups of water, add 4 Passion tea bags, 3 Berry Blossom White tea bags, and 2 Zen tea bags. 
Let steep. Add 3 tsp of honey.
Fill a large pitcher with ice and half cold water. Squeeze in the juice of a lime.
Add tea and enough water to fill the pitcher. Stir and enjoy!
a fun estate sale find...cut glass plate for $3!!
I'm joining these blogs 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday

Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday

Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday


Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I just love the blue tones in this pottery! Gorgeous!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Gorgeous pottery! Love the hues of colours. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Alycia Nichols said...

Oh, my gosh...reading your post just now probably saved me from burning my house down. I was happily reading along, and when I got to the tea recipe it reminded me I had put a pot of water on to boil for tea!!! It had been down there boiling for more than half an hour and was just about dry! Never thought your post would save a life, did you!?? :-) Beautiful dishes, and the tea that I've had a chance to come back up and read it in a leisurely fashion...sounds fantastic. Have a great weekend!

Karin Şen Cankan said...

Beautiful dishes.

Great setting

Karin Şen Cankan

Entertaining Women said...

Wonderful treasures filled with precious memories. Thank you for sharing them with us. Cherry Kay

Marigene said...

Meredith, you have an amazing collection of Romanian pottery...they are all beautiful but I do love the blue and white. Thank you for sharing your tablescape this week.


What a fabulous pottery, I appreciate pottery and love it because we used to make it at our past Ceramic Co. I love the designs and colors. Thanks for the tea recipe and have a great weekend too. FABBY

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Your pottery is beautiful. I love the onion flowers.

The Tablescaper said...

You have such a beautiful collection. The colors are so vibrant and full of life.

- The Tablescaper

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