Vintage Cottage Dinnerware


This is my Vintage Cottage Collection

It’s handmade…one piece at a time. Each piece is slightly different, making each one unique and different. I go into more detail in this post…


The top plate was glazed in…Deep Sienna Speckle by Potters Choice

Potters Choice Glaze Deep Sienna Speckle


This one was glazed in…Deep Olive Speckle by Potters Choice

Potters Choice Galze Deep Olive Speckle


This one was glazed in…Deep Firebrick by Potters Choice

Potters Choice Glaze Deep Firebrick


And these are the plates that were purchased for the Tropical Smoothie Cafes…photo shoot. You can read more about it here…

There’s so many other glazes…I want to try. I guess I’ll have to make lots of little plates and do some glaze testing.







Lu-Ray Vintage Dinnerware

I’ve been fascinated with dinnerware ever since I was 5 years old.

I’m not sure why?

My mother had a set of Lu-Ray Pastel Dinnerware displayed in the hutch, in the dinning room. Back then, I didn’t know what they were called, I just knew that I was fascinated by them. I’d go in the dinning room (which was only used for special occasions), and stare at them. I’m not really sure what it was that fascinated me so much? Maybe it was because each one was a different color, or maybe it was the colors themselves? I wonder how many other little girls were fascinated by dinnerware? Probably not too many. 

Who knew…that one day I would be making dinnerware. I certainly didn’t. One of these days, I’ll make my own version of pastel dinnerware. I just have to find the perfect glazes first. I’m not sure if I should just make them for myself, or also put them into production? What do you think?

Would you buy pastel dinnerware?


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We are who we are, because they were who they were!

I’ve been wanting to start production on this handmade dinnerware for quite some time now, but haven’t been able to test the glazes yet, and now that we’re moving…I guess it will have to wait a little bit longer.

I am the granddaughter of Portuguese Immigrants!

I’ve been fascinated by my ancestors ever since I was very little. Every time I was at my grandparents house, I’d ask my grandmother. “Can I go see the pictures?” I knew she would let me, but I would ask every single time. As soon as she said “Yes,” I’d go into the guest bedroom, open the cedar hope chest, and gently pick up some of the old photos. Then I’d sit on the bed and stare at the people I never met before, and wonder who they were, and wished I could have met them.

After a while, I’d run into the living room with a picture or two…so my grandmother could tell me the stories again. I loved to hear them, it didn’t matter how many times I heard them. The time I spent with my grandmother was very special to me. I was a very lucky girl to have such wonderful grandparents!

I decided to call this handmade dinnerware “Ancestry” because the design reminds me of Portuguese embroidery. It’s my way of honoring my heritage, my ancestors, my wonderful grandparents.


I am bound to them, though I cannot look into their eyes or hear their voices. I honor their history. I cherish their lives. I will tell their story. I will remember them.

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