Do you have a favorite item to collect or love vintage ironstone? I'm always looking for unique items for my home and when I found Living Soul Pottery on Etsy, I was fascinated by Wyatt's handmade dairy slabs.
Originally, English dairy slabs were used by grocery stores and markets during the late 1800's to early 1900's to display dairy products (margarine, butter, lard, meats, cheese, etc.) The ironstone slab helped keep products cool. Original pieces are quite collectible and expensive...not to mention nearly impossible to find!
As Wyatt, the maker behind Living Soul Pottery, explained to me, even antique dealers have had difficulty sourcing originals. He was approached 5 years ago by a French antique dealer from Houston to make reproduction dairy slabs for him. There is no question why the French antique dealer sought out Wyatt and his expertise. Wyatt fell in love with pottery nearly 45 years ago and has been honing his skills since then.
I love Wyatt's heart behind his business.
His Copyright original business logo with Genesis 2:7 on the dairy slab is shown below.
He shares, "My business name “Living Soul Pottery” came from Genesis 2:7 where it reads, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
I love sharing small shops and featuring makers and Wyatt is certainly talented and called to create! He has embraced history and offers such a quality product.
"I believe we are each an individual unique creation of God, and in the same way we are special and handmade, so each piece of pottery I make is as well. I use this Bible reference regularly when I teach my students. In the beginning when God created the earth everything was without form and void (Genesis 1:1). In a similar way that God created His whole Creation, so we as clay artists start with just a lump of clay that is without form and void. Man has been gifted by God with the creative ability to create something from nothing." - Wyatt Schultz
The reproduction dairy slabs by Living Soul Pottery are perfect for entertaining and quite a conversation piece. They also pair well with my ironstone and French vintage collections.
To style the fromage dairy slab, I topped it with cheese, crackers, grapes, nuts and sausage.
It makes such a pretty appetizer display and I love the history behind these reproduction dairy slabs. Such a timeless old world look.
For the chocolat dairy slab, I added sweet options... chocolate (of course), ginger snaps and more grapes.
I know I will continue to enjoy mine for many years to come!
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