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Good food always deserves better (and sometimes bad food does too)!

This is the third in a series of posts I have written about Kentucky Crafted products for the kitchen and table.  I truly love functional pieces of art, and the vessels for your food should reflect the work and care you put into the cooking process. If you want to use paper plates, then just serve up a bunch of Hot Pockets and Cheetos. Don’t go to the trouble of brining and basting a turkey if you’re just going to serve it in disposable aluminum bakeware. Good food deserves better than to be served on trash.

You’re probably thinking, “Well, that’s mighty judgmental. Not everyone has the time and energy to whip up a seven course meal to be served on fancy artisan-made trays. I have a life, and the holidays are a busy time!”  And, you would be partially correct. Even though the holiday season starts before Halloween now, somehow actual holiday minutes and hours seem limited. I still say that’s no excuse. Even if the food you make is not worth topping with shaved truffles, you might be able to compensate with elegant Kentucky Crafted kitchen solutions.  Replace your lack of time with an abundance of class.  Great dinnerware isn’t just for the foodies. For example:

At least pour the eggnog into a pitcher instead of implying that guests should drink it straight from the carton like a teenage boy looking for a midnight snack.

Caroline Zama Pitcher

Caroline Zama Pitcher

Take the premade, store-brand dinner rolls out of the bag and toss them in a basket.

Madonna Cash Basket

Madonna Cash Basket

They don’t know it’s a bagged salad, and you prove nothing by announcing it proudly.

Jerry Hollon Cutting Board and J.D. Schall Serving Bowl

Jerry Hollon Cutting Board and J.D. Schall Serving Bowl

We know you didn’t hand press the cider this morning or even bother to mull it, but put it in a decent mug.

Amelia Stamps Mugs

Amelia Stamps Mugs

Would it hurt you to drink wine from a bottle instead of a box for this special occasion?

Yardbirds Wine Caddy

Yardbirds Wine Caddy

If the extent of your culinary repertoire is chips and dip, then you should own a chip n’ dip set.

Melvin Rowe Chip and Dip Set

Melvin Rowe Chip and Dip Set

Happy holidays, and thanks for being a good sport. I hope you don’t mind me poking a little fun. The true spirit of the season is fellowship. We should be glad we’re rushing around to spend time with friends and family; that’s the good kind of busy! When you get that text message an hour before an impromptu gathering saying, “Come on over. No big deal. Just a few friends sharing laughs,” and all you have in the house is a half-eaten bag of grapes and a partial brick of cheddar cheese — if you have the right serving option available, you can fake-gourmet your way out of the awkwardness.

Sarah Schmitt, arts access director

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Tempt Your Senses: See

With over 200 exhibitors working in wood, paint, silver, wool, chocolate, clay, silk and much more, Kentucky Crafted: The Market is a sense explosion. That’s why we chose “tempt your senses” as this year’s theme. We dare you to come to the Lexington Convention Center on March 2 – 3 and be tempted by all of the music, textures, smells, sights and tastes offered by Kentucky’s best artists and crafts people.  It will be impossible to walk away empty handed.

The Market experience is all about spectacle. Part of this visual excitement comes from the energy of the wonderful crowds filling the exhibit hall. But the majority comes from the myriad of palettes used by Kentucky Crafted artists. The colors are simply amazing, covering the spectrum from earthy, soft and tranquil to electric, vibrant and blaring. It’s like Carmen Miranda’s hat, a Monet painting and a Persian rug all in one package.  Don’t be overwhelmed, though. The idea is to take the aisle tour, one booth at a time, savoring all the sights and deciding what absolutely must come home with you.

Schall Studio & Design – Booth 320

dinnerware, green, orange, red, yellow

Like a perfect marriage, this dinnerware both complements and competes with food to make a beautiful table.

J. D. Schall is a master at achieving the clean lines and eye-pleasing functionality of modern design. His forms are simple, durable and practical. The key to his aesthetic is using brilliant glazes to create beauty without unnecessary fussiness and filigree.

Calan Originals – Booth 440

Calan Originals box

Walnut, cherry, bubinga, oak, pine. I can only name a few, but the hardwoods making up these boxes all bring their own hues and patterns to the sensory party.

“Wood” is not a color. Wood has many colors and variation, and it takes a skilled craftsperson to bring out the natural gradients in a common or exotic wood.

Truly Wearable Art – Booth 317

Laverne Zabielski

With sewn-in movement and magnificent colors, this skirt is impossible to ignore.

Laverne Zabielski creates couture quality hand-felted alpaca and merino wools as well as  Shibori-dyed silks. Her fabrics can be found on red carpets, but are also perfect for your rainy-day shawl.

Ed Newell Photography- Booth 447

Ed Newell

Did you know nature has a “best side?” Ed Newell found it.

You can look at an Ed Newell image and almost swear that these colors don’t exist in Kentucky or even on Earth; however, cameras don’t lie. Color is dependent on light, and Ed Newell knows just when light will reflect off an object in just the right saturation to bring out these impossibly beautiful scenes. Ed Newell is a new exhibitor in 2013.

Dancin’ Dog Designs – Booth 452

This is how you “make a mountain out of a mole hill,” or in this case, a segment of quartz.

Some artists add color to the bland, and others recognize the potential of colors found in nature. Dwayne Cobb uses the natural variations in metals, stones, gems and glass to create whimsical human-like forms, creatures and landscapes to adorn your neck and wrist.

Sarah Schmitt, arts access director

Are your sense tempted, yet? For more peeks and previews, check out our titillating Pinterest board.


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