On all the interior design sites these days, there's talk of 'the grey trend'. I found these fantastic 60-year-old teacups at the antique market recently that blend in with it perfectly:
The pattern is called 'Aztec' but I think it should be called 'Frogged Yarn', don't you? Wavy yarn pulled out from a beloved but misshaped sweater project, set over a wistful grey haze of disappointment, while somehow managing to look adorable.
I am crazy about dishes... it's one of the big reasons I try to avoid antique stores, and markets, and houseware departments, come to that. I love the variety of colours and patterns people come up with for the materials we eat and drink out of, and I love the repetition in a pattern you get when you combine several pieces from a set. I just don't love finding places to store all the things I gave into and bought.
When it comes to old dishes like these, I'm always particularly excited to look for completer pieces even if I can't afford them - anything to help me figure out what the set looked liked originally. And in the case of this set, the range was pretty wild!
Of course, I want all of it - not least because the shape of these cups fit perfectly in my hand. The finish is a big draw too. It's smooth and cool and curved, just really amazing to touch. It would be dreamy to have a whole set of it.
Metlox Pottery, the company that produced it and a lot of other cool dishes to boot, closed up shop in 1989 and apparently left behind a 60' x 40' pit of dangerous heavy metals like lead - fallout from the pottery-making process. So I guess it's like lead paint on cars from the middle of the 20th century - you get an incredible finish at a huge cost to health and the environment.
I feel terrible about loving the dishes after discovering that little fact, but there you go: flawed human.
The other thing I learned about Metlox is that their biggest competition was the Franciscan pottery. I have a cool atomic age dish from a Franciscan line, and I can guarantee you, as fabulous as it is there is no comparison when it comes to the touch factor. I mean, when I saw these cups on a table at the market - the one that changes theme every week, by the way, that week's theme being 'Halloween', so cute!! - I had to pick one up immediately. I didn't even want to put it down to let the set be wrapped up or anything. It is that nice to hold onto.
(I'm only a little bit torturing you. There's a lot of Metlox Poppytrail 'Aztec' pieces for sale on eBay if you want some too.)
I have no idea what we will do with these cups. They are really too small for tea, in my opinion - I like to get a big cup and curl up in a chair far from the teapot. I don't drink coffee, as such, and Pete really, really likes making a trip out to Tim Horton's for his. I bet they'd be cute for a soup starter though, don't you think?
Or maybe I will just keep them as a display item, in the kitchen or in my office, because they do look happy and make me feel that way too, which is never ever a bad thing.
Hope you see something that makes you happy today!