For Mother’s Day this year, I was presented with a gift from the modern master, Russel Wright. Wright’s dinnerware made its first appearance in the late ’30s; brought simple, unpretentious pieces to the masses; and became the most widely sold ceramic tableware of all time.
Although Wright passed away in the ’70s, his ideas continue to live on. Wright’s daughter has recently collaborated with Bauer Pottery in LA to recreate his dinnerware designs. Wright’s water pitcher is still a beautiful example of streamlined perfection; the salt and pepper shakers, an exercise in stout playfulness; and the colors, vibrant, warm, and rich. Using these new gifts on a daily basis remind me that easy, informal living never has to be ugly. Details: www.bauerpottery.com/russelwright.php