Breakfast at my house usually happens at the kitchen island, an antique storage cabinet with a large butcher block on top. Cereal, bananas and raisins are everywhere but in the kids’ bowls and you can always count on my 18-month-old daughter to throw her yoghurt on the floor. At the end of the meal, it’s anything but pretty.
So when I stumbled upon Swedish ceramic artist Mia Blanche’s kitchenware in soothing pastels, I felt an experiment was in order. Wouldn’t simply holding something this exquisite and pretty in your hands, not to mention eating from it, make mealtime more gracious? The first time I introduced the colorful Sven bowls decorated with a little horse, the kids squealed with delight. And as I had hoped for, they ended up treating their new bowls — and the act of eating from them — with a gentleness that was both surprising and sweet.
Mia, a former lawyer, launched her ceramic studio in 2008 after she had her fourth child. She creates everyday items– such as mugs, bowls, plates, milk cans, butter trays and flower pots — that are meant to bring a pop of pretty into your life. Drawing inspiration from her childhood, her ceramic stoneware often display the 19th-century textile and lace patterns found at her grandmother Betty’s home. Thank you, Mia, for bringing both beauty and civilization into my home!
All photographs by Lena Granefelt ©2013.