Monday, January 21, 2013

FABBY: 350 Pieces of My Pottery

Hello my sweet friends!

I just got back from staying a week with Alejandro taking care of our darling grandgirls, as their parents went on a business trip. I promised since last year I was gonna show you my set of dishes made at our former Ceramic Co., called Monte Turi, which hubby sold it about four years ago. He was the owner of it for 30 years. I used to work there, for the last 15 years, or more. I was a HS English teacher before and later in charge of the china designs, which is what I suggested Alejandro we make too, because of the love for dishes I have.

I inspired myself in the Folklore of 'Ecuadorian indigenous' people's hand embroidered apparel, and their beautiful and colorful dandled skirts, blouses and shawls and in the original Spanish colonial shapes; which I'm showing here in these dishes and other ones I've shown in before posts. The ones that have followed me, they've seen some I have kept, from the 14 designs we produced, but this one is my biggest and main set I chose for me, as hubby has his own complete set as well.
Here are some of the 24 dinner plates and soup bowls this set has. I haven't displayed them all, because really, there's no need, they would be repeats of the same. The piece with the wooden spoon is for cocoa powder. The big teapot sample at left. I have two of that style and it's used more for milk for coffee, like lattes, or for the cocoa...of course, for lots of guests.
I love these SML platters, they're great to serve kind of meats, even cake and sweets for tea parties. A butter dish with a cow handle.
One of my faves is this big pan, as I serve "Paella" in it, or anything big in a mix rice recipe, or even pasta.
Up front is the larger platter, so you can see how beautiful the hand painted design is. You won't believe it, but these particular design came from the indigenous "baby wool-cloth wrapping blanket", which they put on their babies when they go out on Sundays for Mass and the women carry their infants in their backs.
Inside my Mil's antique English buffet is where I keep a good part of the dishes of this huge set and all over the house, heheheheee.. so here are some more plates and most of the teacups, I just didn't feel like taken them all out!
The salad plates, teacup plates, bread plates, entree plates and the big beautiful, ruffled edge salad bowl in the back.
This piece up front and at your left, is a very interesting's an Inca design, used for drinking their corn drink; so I did it to mix, by shaking the salad dressing through the round part and pouring it where the opening is, resembling a creamer, almost. The other piece, the bowl is a sieve , (it has holes in the inside) for fruit you wash but can't dry, like berries and grapes, that's why it has a plate.

A salad bowl at left has original Spanish shapes with handles and in the stack are individual bowls for salad, instead of plates, this way we don't drop salad on the tablecloth, lol.. and they are slightly flat inside.
I even made a wine decanter and at your right, chicken soup bowls with handles.

The fruit bowl with the mama bird feeding her baby birdie. At left, a platter for chips and dip. The big pile is for "ceviche", or dessert bowls.
The teapot with a heater, or warmer. I have many teapots and hot milk pots. Here you have a sample of the shorter one. No need to bring them all out, as there are three of the short ones and three of the tall ones.
Another fave piece is this big, ruffled edge salad bowl with waves..everything is hand made too, I mean by a "potter's wheel"..they were very special because of it's hand decorations and the making of each piece by hand.
Every piece can also go in the oven, like this cute pot with a duck in the lid.  A butter dish at your right.
Here's another interesting piece. The soup tureen with eight handles, were also used by the Incas. They carried it, wrapped with ropes in their backs with food for lunch, when they went to the field and up the mountains to a back pack! A cheese dish with an Indigenous girl wearing her pretty embroidered cloths and straw Panama hat...which are made in Ecuador, NOT in Panama!
On top of the round platter there's a gravy dish with lid too.
Most shapes are original Spanish designs they taught people to make in colony times. Specially the whimsical detail of the animals on top of the lids. The one up front is an Inca design piece. I explained how I use it in modern times in one of the top photos.
My goodness, is taken me way too long to upload my photos to blogger, I don't know what's wrong...does anybody know?
Here are some of the sherbets with pedestal too. I don't know if you can see clear just in the back, a pile of handles..they are individual small bake pans. I use them for soufles, small pies, etc...where you place one in each setting for guests.
This is another pretty bowl with fruits in the lid as's used for fruit compotes, as we have great recipes and they're eaten as desserts here. Next to it another cheese dish with a lid and a cow's handle.
At left, a bowl with a half bowl attached to it, it's for olives, cranberries..fruit that have pits; so you place the pits next, in the small bowl.
The fruit bowl with pedestal is pretty too and it holds lots of fruit, it's quite big and it's also with the ruffle edged. To the left there's a cute marmalade bowl, leaf footed and with fruit on top too.
The big tureen, two candle holders, a juice pitcher and some entree plates.
I couldn't have not made a cake stand with pedestal and decanters for oil and vinegar! here you have it, my china set for 24 place settings and tons of other things like sherbets, little bowls for "ceviche", or dessert, for individual salads, etc.. Although this set has 350 pieces, I showed you all the most important, as some are just repeated, like plates, teacups, and all that's individually used. I promised to show you all of it, so here it is and I hope you enjoyed it.

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  1. Fabby, it's all such happy, colorful pottery. I adore the three dimensional animals attached to some of the pieces. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous dishes. And you designed them! ;-)

  2. Fabby, I am flipping out over these dishes. The colors, I love, they are my colors! The various pieces, I love the one with the mama bird feeding her baby, so beautiful, all of it. You are a talented lady with an eye for color and design. Such beautiful pottery, I wish I knew you when you had your factory. xo

  3. OMGOSH Fabby!!!! I have never in my life seen anything like this! What a wonderful job you did designing this and to think some of it is from the design of a baby's blanket. I am just in total disbelief on all the pieces you have. What a wonderful collection. I certainly hope your children will be proud someday (way down the road) to say, "My mother designed and produced these".

    I can only imagine the satisfaction this gives you to have this beautiful set. I am amazed to learn the history of some of those pieces and why they are shaped like they are. Amazing.

    I hope you enjoy many, many dinner parties with them. They reflect your beauty. xo Diana

    Fabby-Is the factory still a working factory?

  4. wow Fabby, they are absolutely beautiful, have always admired them. What a treasure-the dishes too... love them, thank you for sharing them with us, God bless.

  5. What a wonderful collection of beautiful and colorful dishes. What fun it must be to set the table.

  6. Hello Fabby, I have seen some of these pieces before, and I remember you telling us about you and your husbands company. You really designed a fabulous set of dishes! I adore the colorful and festive pattern. And all the useful different types too! I think you thought of everything.
    What a treasure to give yourself : )

  7. OH. MY. GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WOW WOW WOW!!!!!

    First off, YOUR designs, that is awesome! And your hubs company? How neat is THAT!!!?

    This is an amazing collection by an amazing lady.

  8. Fabulous design, Fabby! What a huge set and so many unique pieces! I like the fluted salad bowl,the fruit bowl with an extra bowl for pit. Ou sure thought of everything, so functional. I like them all and love the colors too....Christine

  9. Dearest Fabby,
    Thank you so much for this great and unique museum tour. Quite interesting story goes with it and you were very talented for using the Inca embroidery design on this production! I was already guessing if it would be oven proof when you showed that Paella pan. Impressive work and so thought out for all the different uses. Like the berry bowl with drainage plate that you only buy from e.g. Pillivuyt in France or other antique patterns in Europe. Thanks for taking this all out; quite a task to do so and for putting it up again!
    Enjoy your week and big hugs,

  10. What an amazing set of dishes that is and it's so very, very beautiful. I especially like the cake plate, the tea pot on it's warmer and the eight handled soup tureen.
    And what a very talented lady you are to design these, you're amazing!
    Have a super week. Cindy

  11. I WONDERED where you have been :)

    What a beautiful (and maybe the most complete set of dishes I've ever seen) collection! I can't imagine finding a place to store them all. You have an amazing talent, dear Fabby.

    I wonder if the slowness in loading your pictures has something to do with their size. When I export mine from Picasa to a file for uploading to Blogger, I do it at 799 pixels. That way I don't get charged for storage, etc. and they seem to load quickly to my blog.

  12. Wow wow wow! That's an amazing set! I like the ruffled edge that the bowls have! You have an amazing amount of pieces!

  13. Oh, Fabby -- I love every piece -- the wonderful colors. I adore *folk art* ... the art of the people. The embroidery of the area is so lovely and you've captured it all in your beautiful designs. You are a very talented lady. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.

  14. Fabby, these pottery dishes are so beautiful! Oh my. What a gorgeous pattern on them all and to think that you designed them yourself. You have mentioned many times that your husband sold the pottery factory and I am wondering if it is still in business by someone else. I hope you have a lovely week. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pottery. Hugs, Pamela

  15. I love how you incorporated the indeginous designs. My favorite piece has to be the dish for olives and their pits! How clever. You are as fab as your name!

  16. Very similar to one traditional we have in my Country (

    Though ours isn't so cheerful as yours, it gives a pang to recognise something as "our own" doesn't it?

    Can't even begin to imagine how it feels to be part of the creation proccess like you did. I'm humbled by your extraordinary gift. Both artistic and cultural, bringing all the details into it...

    So glad you managed to hold so many pieces that you will be able to share with your loved ones in the future. You really are your mother's daughter ;); always working and living to leave a legacy of love and culture.

    Thank you for sharing,


    Ours looks like this:,r:0,s:0,i:79

  17. You are kidding...that design was inspired by a baby blanket?!??!?!! That is amazing! I love the paella pan! That is BEAUTIFUL!!! I also really love the salad bowl with the ruffled!!! The fact that it is all oven-safe is fantastic! Interesting fact about the Panama hats!!! Ellen from Scribbler Unfocused has been talking about how slow it has been with uploading photos on Blogger the past couple of weeks. She's been looking for an answer, too, but hasn't found one yet. I'm so sorry you guys are having trouble with that! Your set is beautiful and VAST, and I'm so glad we finally got to see it!!! Have a great week!!!

  18. Oh my goodness! This is a gorgeous set, and that you designed it and your husband owed the factory for many years makes it more so! That had to have been very difficult to let go. I love so many of the pieces, but the bowl with the side bowl for pits and the clever way to serve salad dressing, just so perfect. Loved that you shared this, I can only imagine all the fun parties these dishes have been to!

  19. Fabby what a beautiful collection and I bet you have lots of happy memories of family feasts served on that set!

    Your blog is such a sunny space - this post has transported me to Spain - my mum certainly has pieces similar to these that we have bought on holidays over the years x

  20. Oh what a fabulous collection! Such unique pieces! Loved seeing this!
    Here from Seasonal Sunday.
    Wed. night is the ICE SNOW WINTER Challenge at Let's Dish! Hope you can join in with something wintery! :)

  21. What a beautiful set of dishes. I love the patterns.

  22. Fabby, Unbelievable! That china is beautiful and to so many pieces is amazing. How wonderful to have these beautiful mementos of your family business. Thansk for sharing. Dianne

  23. Fabby, I had no idea you and your husband were involved in the pottery business.. and for 30 years!! That's incredible and how wonderful that you have all of these gorgeous pieces to cherish forever. I have some with blue and yellow that are from Italy. These remind me of my own. They are so pretty and I am sure you will always treasure them.


  24. Fabby: You are amazing! Love your dishes. Hugs, Martha

  25. Oh my, such gorgeous pottery. Love the design and colors, and the platter is just perfect. Love, love it, Fabby.

  26. Hi Fabby,
    What a beautiful full set of China.
    It's fun, colourful and practical.

    It reminds me of a bit Spain and yes, Inca.


  27. Wow, Fabby--what a glorious china collection, which you designed and it's hand made and painted--it's amazing! I love all the varied and unique pieces, and very unusual pieces, several that I've never seen anywhere else before. I also like that you went back into history for your ideas. Thank you so much for sharing this beauty with us!

  28. Hi Fabby,
    this is really stunning. I love the happy colors and designs and very much the animals and fruits on the lids. And the huge diversity of shapes is amazing. Your pottery is in all patterns the nicest and happiest I ever have seen. Thank you for sharing this treasures.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  29. Your pottery is exquisite ~ what a treasure ~ great photos too ~

    (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

  30. Wow, that is some collection! I absolutely love the vivid colors! Blessings, Tammy

  31. Fabby,
    this is gorgeous!!!
    What a talented artist you are, dear friend!!! Of, course, you must know my favorite piece...the double handled bowl!!!
    I adore that you have a safe place for storing, as well!!! Thank you for sharing these lovely creations made by you and your husband with us!!!

  32. I REALLY enjoyed this post! What bright and beautiful designs! So much gorgeous color!

  33. Wow Fabby, it is totally all unreal. So beautiful. Hugs, Marty

  34. Oh my goodness, what an artist you are ... not many people get to design their own line of dishes or have a company that produces them. These are beautiful!

    Kathy M.

  35. How on earth did I miss this post??? I love it! The details on these pieces are just unbelievable. I so wish that you still had your factory - I would have loved to have bought some of your pieces. Thanks, Fabby, for putting this link on your new post - wow!!

  36. Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! Again, I love the tradition in the set.

  37. It's spectacular! I have some Ecuadorian pottery but not anything as beautiful as this!


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