We couldn’t resist these creations by a very talented lady based in Bathurst in the Eastern Cape. And who could? Designer Tori Stowe’s work takes us back to our childhoods, to all those nursery rhymes we used to rehearse almost religiously. When it comes to inspiration, Tori says, ‘The range was inspired by a combination of reading and feeding my toddler. Nursery rhymes are so ridiculous – the dish ran away with the spoon? – and they often lend themselves to some reinterpretation’. From nursery rhymes, Tori deviated slightly, although still sticking with the food theme, and took inspiration from food-related sayings, like ‘You are what you eat’, ‘Slow food’, ‘Give peas a chance’, and so forth. Each item includes a quirky graphic interpretation, demonstrating her spontaneity and unique sense of humour. Tori initially trained as a fine artist and has been creating handmade homeware at her store, The Corner, since 2007, including hand-painted ceramic plates, stationery, hand-printed fabrics, pastel drawings and oil paintings. Her irresistible Happily Ever After range includes recreations from several rhymes – from ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ and ‘The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon’, to ‘Goldilocks and the Three Little Pigs’ and ‘The Three Bears’. The latter set is available either on its own or in a set of three in descending sizes for ‘dad, mom and baby bears’. We love how these also include a marker on the inside of the dishes reading ‘Too much’ to tell you when your bowl is full. Made from porcelain china, the bowls, mugs, plates and other ceramic tableware are also conveniently dishwasher and microwave friendly. Prices are as follows:
- Bowls in different sizes – R120
- Small bowls – R25; medium R40; large R70
- Jugs – R85
- Plates – R60
- Egg cups – R25
- Breakfast-in-bed sets- R50.
They are currently for sale only at The Corner Gallery, on the Corner of York & Trappes streets in Bathurst, but as of April 2012, you’ll be able to shop online at stoweandso.co.za. They do also deliver countrywide. You can contact the store on 046-625-0114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.