Functional ceramics by Paddy and Greg Skwira / Royal Oak, Mich.
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Cookie jar Even though the cookies might not be handmade, the cookie jar can be. Various shapes, sizes, patterns. $62-$78
Utensil holder, wine cooler, vase, or . . . Lots of uses: It keeps the gadgets in one place and looks good on the counter doing it. Looks nice filled with flowers, or you can use it as an ice bucket or a wine cooler. Comes in several shapes and styles of decoration − tall, short, swirly, bumpy, carved, stamped, slip-trailed . . . $42
Appetizer/breakfast plates These little square plates (about 5½ by 5½) are perfect for appetizers and snacks, and we've also taken to using them just about every morning for an English muffin or fruit or whatever. $45 for a set of four
This 'n' that set Salt and pepper. Sugar and cinnamon. Jam and apple butter. Or any combination of this 'n' that that seems right at the time. The tray also works great as a butter dish.
French butter keepers
Customers kept asking for them so we added them to our line. Press soft butter into the top, put enough cold water into the bottom to create a seal, and the butter stays fresh and soft on your countertop or table. (Change the water every few days.)
Ikebana A graceful way to display a sprig or two of color from your garden. A permanently attached pin frog holds the stems in place. $20
Olive tray An eye-catching accent piece for the dinner table or appetizer buffet. Combine with a jar of fancy olives for a nice hostess gift. $12
Soap/lotion dispenser Good for liquid soap in the bathroom and kitchen or for hand lotion on the dresser. $26