Wow. It's been over three weeks since I posted. A lot of factors have contributed to that. One is the good old busy-ness of life. The kids have had a lot going on, blackberries have needed to be picked, I started a MAJOR room rearrangement upstairs, etc. The second factor is the heat. Good grief, it's hot in Arkansas. We have hit 100 degrees repeatedly this month. For the past two nights the temperature at 9:30 pm has been 89 degrees! That's just wrong. Our normal June temps are low to mid 80's, with nighttime lows in the low to mid 60's. The result of this blistering heat is a lack of energy and upstairs rooms that are uncomfortable to be in after noon. Just to make sure the heat is as unbearable as possible, we're also in a drought. So I add about an hour a day of watering flowers and vegetables to my routine. Ok, I'm done complaining now, so on to some vintage yumminess.
I've been collecting mid-century dishes and cookware for several years. During that time I've found a few designers whose pieces I really love. One of those is Ben Seibel. Seibel's designs are so beautifully elegant and, dare I use a trendy word, organic. His pieces catch my eye from across the room. Over time I've collected a few, all by chance, and all at very, very low prices.
I love them all, but the milk pitcher and cream pitcher are exquisite. And the serving bowls. And platters. And tea cups. This photo includes pieces in the Rosemary, Blue Diamond, and Harvest Time patterns.
Recently I scored a large amount of Ben Seibel Blue Diamond dishes at my local Goodwill. I bought them planning to resell most, but they are so beautiful that I have not yet been able to let go.
I'm not usually a big fan of blue dishes, but these are so gorgeous! All of the colors on the Ben Seibel pieces are very calming and pleasing to the eye. When I happen upon them I often find myself thinking, "Oh, that's the prettiest shade of blue (or green, or pink)." I love that the solid color is used on the underside of the plates and saucers, and the outside of the bowls.
As lovely as the colors are, I think it's the shapes that get me. They flow so subtly, and look as if they would fit perfectly in your hand. I'm a lousy photographer, so I've attempted to take pictures from several angles, to show the different shapes of these pieces.
The only negative I've found is that all of the dinner plates show wear to the pattern. It ranges from mild to nearly complete fading of the image. One of the Rosemary bowls that I have shows much more wear on the flower than the other. If you are lucky enough to find some in good condition, be sure to handwash them to preserve their beauty.
Do you own any Ben Seibel pieces? Do you have another favorite mid-century designer? Share in the comments.
I'm linking up with Coloradolady at Vintage Thingie Thursday. Go see the other vintage goodies, and keep the folks in Colorado in your prayers..