Think about this question: When that now-distant moment finally arrives to surrender your best-loved knick-knacks and odds’n’ends to the next generation, what will you give? Vinyl shower curtains and plastic laundry tubs? The microwave that facilitated so many unforgettable minute meals? Your collection of six “24” episodes on one great DVD? Come on. Isn’t there something a little more meaningful in your home, something built to last? If you’re not sure of the answer, Rae Dunn’s boutique might just be the place to begin collecting hand-crafted ceramic items that will stand the test of time by virtue of much more than their chemical properties. Although her manufactured line might be a little better-known, it's through her line of 100% handmade items that Rae wages a kind of artistic war against the commercial "cloned" craft industry; from her proud declaration that no two items of hers from this line are exactly the same, it's plain to see that her gifted hands are the weapons of that war.
It might be the pig-emblazoned soap dish to which you take a shine. Perhaps the napkin rings, etched with simple words reflecting the secrets of domestic tranquility, will inspire visions of a family somewhere in the future settling down to a home-cooked meal that’s all about together. Or, it could be the pourers, humble bird images underscoring a farmhouse modern aesthetic, that bring to mind the love a patient cook pours into her cooking and ultimately into the hearts of her table guests. Whether it’s something as understated and soothing as a Home Sweet Home Plaque or something as fresh and stirring as a Ceramic Painting, the works of Rae Dunn invariably spell contentment, and it’s hard to imagine a better vibe with which to infuse the home you cherish. (And as for “24,” your kids won’t care much for it anyway). To view a lovely gallery of these ceramic creations, visit www.raedunn.etsy.com.
We have just added a giveaway! Rae Dunn has graciously offered to giveaway a wonderful Soap Dish to the winner of today's givaway. To enter, visit www.raedunn.etsy.com, then come back here to tell us about your favorite product. Wishing Willow subscribers earn an extra entry; be sure to let us know in a second post if you’re a subscriber. To post without a Google account, just click “anonymous.” Be sure to also leave your email address. The winner will be chosen randomly. Contest ends 11/15/08. Good luck!
**We have a winner! Christina who said, "I love the Home Sweet Home Plaque, with the lovely queen bee!"**