Monday, May 21, 2012

Emerson Creek Pottery - Cracker Basket Review

Jim Leavitt founded Emerson Creek Pottery in 1977.  The ceramic pieces have been featured at Mt. Vernon, Monticello and the Smithsonian Institute.  Created in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the pottery is formed of clay made onsite. Each piece is hand made, hand painted and fired in a gas kiln. Each pattern is a series of carefully planned strokes. No templates or stencils are used. The patterns are practiced and committed to memory,  Emerson Creek Pottery currently features13 different lines of ceramic pottery.  All of their work is microwave and diswasher safe, as well as lead free and ovenproof.

I received an Iris Cracker Basket from Emerson Creek Pottery.  It's a beautiful piece in and of itself, but I'm particularly partial to this piece of servingware because I know it was crafted by hand.  A real person, not a big corporate machine, molded the piece and painted it.  Looking at the detail and craftsmanship of the cracker basket, you can tell that skill and talent of the person who made it. 

I like to entertain guests at the campground.  I've used this piece several times during our cookouts.  Crackers, fruits, and nuts have been beautifully arranged in the ceramic piece that's painted with Japanese irises.  Cracker baskets are an elegant way to arrange appetizers to make them seem less ordinary. 

I received product for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products.  Your opinions and results may differ.


Anonymous said...

Wow that is gorgeous!

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

Oh wow, that container is absolutely stunning! It's hard to believe they are hand painted o.O

What a neat company! I quite enjoyed learning about them and their products.

Felicia Carter said...

That is beautiful!