Monday, July 21, 2008
I don't know about you, but I'd pay good money to see the look on my mother's face if I whipped out a set of dinnerware painted with a cheeky naked lady motif. Shocking. Or how about a new "Democrat" coffee mug, adorned with illustrations of Clinton and Kennedy, for your smugly conservative boss? Unheard of. And may I suggest a set of "We Do" dishes, featuring two brides or two grooms in wedded bliss, for your less-than-tolerant brother? Scandalous! Personally, I'm going to buy the whimsically gruesome Alice in Wonderland dinner plates complete with the Cheshire Cat sitting on its head, and the set of tumblers featuring the Mad Hatter and Talking Spades. Eat Me. Drink Me. Yes, yes, indeed.
I'm going to break the "buy local" rule here at [FLY] in order to bring the fabulous wares of Fishs Eddy to your table. Just this once. The companya New York institution that takes its name from the tiny upstate hamletis known round the globe for its witty and often defiant ceramic designs. And while you may not be able to pick them up at a Jackson boutique, you will find it fairly simple to log on to the company's easy-to-browse-and-spend-oodles-of-dough website.
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A few months ago I espied said Alice designs in an Urban Outfitters in Madison, WI. Not having the cash to buy them at the time, I spent weeks agonizing over such a mistake because I hadn't been able to find them anywhere since. And then one serendipitous afternoon I came across them quite by accident whilst looking up the term "eddy" online for a poem I was writing. Thank Jesus for my poor Interwebs researching skills. Nested terms? Um, notsomuch. Sandwiched between maps of Fishs Eddy, NY, and wiki definitions of eddy currents, there lay the little beacon of hope I'd been searching for all along, Fishs Eddy: purveyor of new and antique sturdy-ware. I felt like a child who'd just discovered the golden key to the universe. Do Not Click the Big Shiny Red Candy-Colored Button!* But of course you know I clicked it. And take me to that magical website promptly, it did indeed.
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Seriously, unless you inherit some Franciscan Wild Rose from grannie, who the heck wants to save up (or register) for fancy dishes you'll only bring out once a year? Forget that man! I say, waltz to the table with your turkey on a platter graced by Gorey-esque Jordan Awan illustrations. And serve your pie and caffeine in the hilarious Brooklynese Cawffee mugs with a little shuguh and creamuh on the side. Any complaints from the in-laws, and you can bet I'll serve my next brunch quiche on some very skanky naked lady plates. ;-)
*Now there's a thought; why don't those brilliant potters create a Ren & Stimpy line of cereal bowls and coffee mugs? I'll have to suggest that
Hilarious. I am going over to check them out right now. And my in-laws would be more than shocked by the "skanky naked lady plates," which makes me want them even more. And you know I'm ordering the "We Do" mug for the office right now since I accidentally threw my other mug on the ground. Whoops. Miss you and your revolutionary ways, brans! Glad I still get to laugh along with you here.
LOVE THESE. And while I'm definitely a fan and supporter of shopping local, I LOVE finding out about quirky shops elsewhere that have the things you can't find locally.
I love Fish's Eddy. I lived close to the store on the Upper West Side. My friend Amy gave me a set of plates from there with the NYC skyline around the edges–about a year before the Trade towers fell. Now, they are clearly collector's items. :-(
wait a minute, who is calling who revolutionary here, ms. sch?! i miss you too...! glad you liked :) ~bhp
- brandi hp
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