We are utterly charmed by Beehive Kitchenware’s story and aesthetic appeal, so imagine our excitement at having them attend the Holiday Market this December! Here, a sneak peek at their gorgeous kitchenware – perhaps this season is the time to collect a few new family heirlooms. -Amy
Anyone who reads a food blog or watches a cooking show knows that presentation and plating are significant contributions to the dining experience; yet so many of us only take out those “special” dishes or serving pieces when we have guests over for a meal. Sandra Bonazoli and Jim Dowd, inspired by kitchenware found in old homes and flea markets, are here to help put the beauty back into the everyday dining experience.
Beehive Kitchenware began in the pantry of their home in 1998, with the simple question: “Why are all of the useful objects made today so plain, when they could be decorative too?” So Sandra and Jim (who both hold MFAs in Jewelry and Metals) put their tremendous skills to use, with a goal of making metal kitchenware that is as beautiful as it is functional.
Do you know a newlywed or a bride-to-be? Beehive’s Heart Measuring Spoons, Flour Scoop, and Spatula will transform a homemade pancake breakfast into a true labor of love. Her spouse will surely thank you! Trying to find a gift for a new mom? Baby cups, feeding sets and holiday ornaments – all handcrafted from lead-free pewter – feature your choice of animal and are certain to become treasured family heirlooms for years to come. These were all pieces on my wish-list last year, as I had recently been married and was hoping to soon become a mother!
This holiday season, I’m loving all of the pieces from Beehive’s Laurel and Harmonie ceramic collections. The templates for these stoneware pieces are designed and built by Sandra and Jim in their Massachusetts studio. Each final piece has been molded and hand-cast by artisans in Peru, allowing for individual variations that make them all unique.
In the mornings, I’m too often guilty of eating my breakfast toast in the kitchen, while standing up over the sink. I know I would have more pleasure in my start to my day if I sat down at the table, taking my butter and jam from Beehive’s decorative Laurel Butter Dish and Jam Pot. Topped with a pewter bird, how could this piece not bring a smile to my face?
With an infant daughter, I’m much more likely to host friends and family for a meal at home than to join them at a restaurant. For brunches and dinners, I always have coffee and tea ready to serve. I know my guests will “ooh” and “ahh” when the milk pitcher and sugar bowl – pieces from Beehive’s Harmonie collection – are passed around the table.
Beehive Kitchenware returns to the Eat Boutique Holiday Market this year, and I know I’ll be stopping by the shop. Don’t waste the opportunity to pair some lovely kitchen pieces with any of the amazing array of artisan food products available to create the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one!
Photos courtesy of Beehive Kitchenware.
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