Day 33: Something Beautiful-Celadon

Something Beautiful is a 2013 self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.

Growing up painted china seemed fussy and didn’t appeal to me. In college, I began to develop an understanding and appreciation for handpainted objects, especially those from Asia. But a true love grew for celadon. A dear friend gave me my first celadon as a thank you for making a special occasion gown to fit her very recently post-pregnancy figure. That tea set was the start of my best china, something that’s outlived college preferences and my marriage. Something I love to this day. It is simple and luminous.

Celadon refers to the color of the pottery glaze and varies between a very pale green and blue. My favorite shade is right in the middle of the two. One shade like a skin over the shallow bas relief images of peonies, koi, lotus, and more. Subtle and exquisite.

Though I prefer to live with the style above,  I am captivated by the artistry and imagination of the antique vases below.


Even tuna tastes better on a celadon plate. May your meals be served on something as beautiful and much more.


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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