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Our newspaper ran another feature on the new nutrition plate and it made me think a real plate for children would be great.

Using this guide, you could decorate a plate to help parents get their kids to eat a vegetable other than potato.

There is an official website ... http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

but I could not find any links to real dinnerware.

 

It would be fun to decorate plates this way and I think they would sell.

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Our newspaper ran another feature on the new nutrition plate and it made me think a real plate for children would be great.

Using this guide, you could decorate a plate to help parents get their kids to eat a vegetable other than potato.

There is an official website ... http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

but I could not find any links to real dinnerware.

 

It would be fun to decorate plates this way and I think they would sell.

 

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Our newspaper ran another feature on the new nutrition plate and it made me think a real plate for children would be great.

Using this guide, you could decorate a plate to help parents get their kids to eat a vegetable other than potato.

There is an official website ... http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

but I could not find any links to real dinnerware.

 

It would be fun to decorate plates this way and I think they would sell.

 

Chris I'm glad you mentioned the plates for children it made me remember some dishes I made for handicapped children 25 years ago. They were patterned off a antique child's plate that was flat across the bottom and had side walls that came up about 2 inches and curved inward so the food would flip back into the dish. A friend of mine whose daughter only had partial use of one arm told me she was tired of having to set tupperware dishes at the table for her daughter to use. She wanted a stoneware place setting for Holidays and special occasions, I glazed them to coordinate with her dishes. I made the child's dish with a cutout on one side to make it easier to use, I made several sizes of these you know salad and desert. I also made her a soup bowl with a heavy wide plate size bottom so that she wouldn't tip it over if she rested her hand on the edge. They were quite popular but I wasn't a functional potter and hadn't intended into going into business making them. I made a few more sets for her immediate friends then got out of the dish business. I think the plate patterned after the antique child plate would sell well and the handicap dishes could be a path a functional potter could take. Denice

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The site has templates and exact colors and layouts ... silk screening would be easy too.

I was surprised no one has jumped in yet to market the theme with dishes, placemats etc. ...

potters should jump in this year before the huge retailers get on the bandwagon and kill our sales.

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Guest JBaymore

Chris,

 

This whole concept has been the core basis for Japanese food settings for centuries wink.gif . The dishes set off the various individual servings of foods... and the overall presentation looks far larger than it actually is. You feed the eyes some serously good looking food/dish visual info... and that helps trick the tummy into thinking it is getting far more than it is.

 

The dishes are smaller in general....so a smaller portion looks a lot bigger in a smaller dish.

 

Take the typically huge whopping American single dinner plate......... and you can just pile it on and on and on. And then maybe have a soup/salad plate and a bread plate on the side too. Look at the amazing oversized dishes that a lot of American restaraunts are now using. The serving sizes are absurd!

 

For OUR own home use, we tend toward the Japanese style serving situation. Smaller dishes with less food on them. And I have made smaller single dfinner plates for us too for when we use a single dish.

 

This kind of information could start getting incorporated into the "Pottery and Food" Potters Council regional conference Carolyn is thinking about planning too. I could do a whole piece on the Japanese approach to this. And maybe I could get a friend to present on this subject also (we'd need a good translator though).

 

A number of years ago I had a good potter friend of mine in Japan come to our college to do a presentation on the impacts of pottery on the consumption of food and the health impacts of those choices. He did his thesis on this subject. It also relates to a dietary crisis situation in Okinawa on life expectancy he has studied. He is an award winning ceramist and also professor at a nutrition college in Japan. he teaches a course there on pottey and food. He is also an expert on Japanese lacquerwares and teaches that also.

 

Hummmmmmmm........................

 

 

best,

 

............................john

 

 

PS: Carolyn.... you reading this?

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Hey John - was out in Seattle and on vacation... so I just saw your post... sounds interesting... just back to work... cleaning up the desk... then planning 2012 conferences... I will keep everyone posted.

 

Keep on providing input everyone... :)

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