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November 27, 2003 | Adamo DiGregorio and David A. Keeps, Special to The Times
Whether you're serving up a Thanksgiving Butterball or tofurkey, or attempting to spiral-slice a Christmas ham, there's nothing more Norman Rockwell than the holiday meal. On these occasions we do not cut our food, we carve it, with special tools that make it a small piece of dinner theater. In the world of cutlery, there is a special place for the carving set. Usually not housed in a knife block, the condominium complex of kitchen knives, it tends to reside in its original "presentation box."
December 17, 2007 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
Susan Williams-Ellis, a trend-setting British ceramics designer who created a flowery yet daring line of high-end tableware that broke tradition, has died. She was 89. Williams-Ellis died of bronchial pneumonia Nov. 27 at her home in Portmeirion, a fanciful village that her architect father built over half a century in Wales, said Josephine Dillon, a spokeswoman for Portmeirion Potteries, the company Williams-Ellis founded in 1962.
December 28, 1991 | PATRICK MOTT
You're reeling a bit these days, right, guys? You were good all year, so all your friends wanted you to come to their holiday dinner parties (the "extra man" and all that). But it made you crazy. Sure, the chow was first-rate, but ramming it mouthward with the requisite gentility and grace got to be a minor nightmare.
October 11, 2004 | From the Hartford Courant
Brightly colored plates and dishes might help Alzheimer's patients finish their meals, Boston University researchers suggest. Alzheimer's patients often have trouble distinguishing objects from backgrounds, and researchers theorized that the visual perception problem might partially explain rapid weight loss in many dementia patients. The researchers measured food consumed by Alzheimer's patients who ate on high-contrast blue or red tableware and low-contrast white plates, cups and saucers.
December 31, 2005 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Edith Heath, a leading ceramicist of midcentury modern designs known for her tableware and architectural tiles, including the mottled tiles that cover the exterior of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, has died. She was 94. Heath, whose work is included in major museum collections and sold in specialty stores around the country, died of natural causes Tuesday at her home in Tiburon, Calif., said Jay Stewart, a longtime family friend.
September 20, 1992 | From Smithsonian News Service
Collecting glass is a popular hobby. Among the many categories of glass, 19th-Century pressed glass tableware is a favored collectible.
April 9, 1989 | Judith Sims
IN THE '20s and '30s, while American companies manufactured Bauer, Fiesta, Hall and other everyday tableware, the British also were making streamlined beauties: Who would have thought that staid old Wedgwood and Royal Doulton would issue such wonderfully Moderne geometric and floral patterns in such elegant shapes. There is even a teapot in the shape of a yellow race car. Collectors will drool, especially because most of these are not available in this country. ($35)
Entertaining on the Fourth of July has become a grand old American tradition, as patriotic as setting off firecrackers and waving flags. "It's a group holiday," said Debbie Wilson, manager of Dana Party Supplies in Capistrano Beach, which stays open on the Fourth just to sell red, white and blue balloons. "And people are celebrating in a more decorative way. We've seen a real resurgence in the Fourth."
November 13, 1993 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the end, the 205-year-old sound of mallet striking metal was gone. All they were trying to do at Porter Blanchard's place in Calabasas was strike a deal--to hammer out some sort of arrangement that would keep a dying art alive. Since colonial days, the tapping of the craftsman's hammer had been the heartbeat of the Blanchard family. Silver was in their blood--and eight generations of Blanchards passed the secret of making exquisite dinnerware by hand.
February 14, 2009 | David A. Keeps
At a campus that dwarfs West Hollywood's Pacific Design Center, the World Market Center Las Vegas closed its winter show Friday, ending a leg-cramp-inducing exhibition of new home furnishings from more than 1,500 manufacturers. One standout was the Franz Collection, a marriage of art nouveau-inspired designs realized with ancient techniques. Artist Francis Chen launched the line six years ago to reinvigorate traditional Chinese porcelain.
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