Stoneware & Co. is, hands down, one of my favorite businesses in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Through my acquisitions and pieces that I have inherited, I have amassed a collection of almost 1,000 pieces.
Yes, you read that correctly – and I love each and every one of them.
How did I obtain such a collection?
John B. Taylor, the namesake and owner of the business for decades, became a family friend to Elizabeth Phelps, my great-grandmother. MawMaw was the founder of the Russell County Library and Mr. Taylor was a voracious reader; he picked up many books from her on his trips to Lake Cumberland. Over the following decades, he brought many pieces down to my family on the farm – and we have cherished them since.
I have so many memories attached to the company.
Sweet tea poured from their pitchers on the porch.
Lifting the lid to the butter dish to accompany pones of cornbread.
Farm-fresh veggies served in their bowls.
Drinks dispensed out of the samovar.
Ashtrays that caught the ends of those Misty cigarettes.
Salt and pepper shakers that seasoned many a meal.
Sugar and honey pots ready to make everything better with a dash and a pinch.
When I think about my childhood, I remember seeing Stoneware in my grandmother’s cabinets.
When I think about meals at the farmhouse, I remember eating off of Stoneware.
When I think about learning how to cook, I think of plating it on Stoneware.
When I think about my family, I think about the memories that we have shared together at Stoneware-filled tables.
When I think about Stoneware, I think about my MawMaw, my JJ, my Grandmother Jude. These three, whether it be by example or by passed-down stories, taught me how to lead a life well-lived – one with class, respect, and dignity. I owe so much to them.
If my pieces could talk, I’m sure they would, in true Appalachian fashion, tell one hell of a story.
Stoneware has been, is, and will always be a major part of my life – and that’s why I am so proud to be collaborating with them! I have a really fun announcement coming to y’all in the next few days – stay tuned!
As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!
Y’all come back now, ya hear?
FTC: This is a sponsored post; all opinions, however, are my own.