Raw, Rustic, Old-World Dining with Sawyer Ceramics

There's something so beautiful about going back to the basics of dining. For as far back as history dates, gathering together with your community around a table to share in a special meal has been a vital part of daily life. I find it sad to see this practice fall by the wayside in recent years.

One of my goals for 2017 and years to come is to be mindful of the food and drink we're preparing, serving and enjoying. Life can so easily cause us to look at preparing a meal as a burden and a time waste. But the practice of cooking is so darn beautiful if we take the time to appreciate it. Each and every part, from the ingredients to the cookware, the serving dishes to the lit candles on the table, the pouring of the wine to the smiles on the glowing faces of your loved ones. Let's make gathering around the table something we enjoy more often.

I've been a vegetarian for about 7 months now and am slowly working on going full vegan. While this post is not meant to preach this lifestyle, I do recommend it. It has helped me to appreciate the food I put into my body in ways I couldn't have previously fathomed. Now, I find meaning in the meals I cook and eat, and I relish in the simple things - the sound that olive oil makes as it hits a hot pan, the vibrant colors of the vegetables against the rough grain of a cutting board, the swish of red wine as it's poured into a glass, the way that glass bottle of homemade almond milk greets me every time I open the refrigerator door, the steam from the pour-over coffee against a frosty window on a winter morning, the smell of homemade vegetable soup simmering on the stove all day long.

Jonathan Sawyer, the talent behind Sawyer Ceramics, makes the practice of cooking a little more beautiful for us in the products that he lovingly makes. I swear it - find beauty in the small things and the entirety of life just seems a little more full.

Check out our selection of Sawyer ceramics and other handmade kitchen goods, available now in our shop.