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By this point you probably know a bit of a collector.  I always joke about my borderline hoarder tendencies, which started with a flat file of paper products and quickly escalated to cupboards brimming with tea cups, plates, and silverware.  Most of it is inexpensive bits and pieces I picked up on ebay or thrifting, but some of my favorites (my jadeite, certain tea cups, ceramics) require a slower pace.  I’m not going to throw down a wad of cash and buy these pieces all at once.  Even if I could, I wouldn’t want to.  The hunt, having a bit of story, and the special effort it takes to curate the collection adds to meaning of what you’re trying to build.  And honestly, sometimes I just want something I can hold on to.  Cheap white wear you use Monday through Friday is important, but that’s not what you’re going to wrap in tissue and give to your grand daughter.  Keepsakes, physical tokens of memory, have to develop a special meaning.  And driving down to a big store and buying an inexpensive mass produced set of plates just doesn’t have the same effect as hand selecting items from your travels or slowly building a collection piece by piece. 

This little preamble is to say that the delicate yet durable, quotidian yet special, antique inspired yet totally modern ceramics by Astier de Villatte are the beginning of a new collection for me.  Made of black terra cotta clay which peeks through the milky white glaze, the handmade tableware collection is inspired by 18th and 19th century designs.   And despite its delicate aesthetic, the ceramics are microwave and dishwasher safe, so perfect for everyday use.

The pieces are expensive too, but, like I mentioned, these aren’t pieces where you back up the truck and load up on cups and saucers.  This is a line where you buy piece by piece, mix and match, and really make the collection your own.  Hopefully in 25 years, if I’m still blogging, and can share my whole collection with you.

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The Astier de Villatte store is located at 173 rue Saint-Honoré in Paris.

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