Stoneware & Co.

Hey, y’all!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

My best,

JC

FTC: This is a sponsored post; all opinions, however, are my own.

18 thoughts

  1. I love reading you story and connection to stoneware boo!!!! You know me + har appreciate the pottery obsession + love!

    1. Yes! It was John B. Taylor, then Louisville Stoneware, and now it’s Stoneware & Co! All the same company. : )

  2. I love when people have special collections like this. I just got my first ever Stoneware: I bought some of their julep cups to put flowers in for wedding decor – and now they’re the start of my collection!

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